JAMAICA — With only a few weeks left before the start of the Olympics, the government is ramping up travel restrictions for Jamaica’s Olympic athletes.
A new travel ban is now in place for the country, with travel restrictions ranging from six months to one year, according to the Jamaica Tourism Authority.
The travel ban covers athletes from the Jamaican Olympic Committee, Jamaica’s National Olympic Committee and the Jamaica Paralympic Committee.
Travelers will also be required to take a photo with a passport photo and not a photo ID.
This is a very serious situation for the athletes, said Joanna Marrese, president of the Jamaica Travel Association, a nonprofit organization that represents the country’s athletes.
We’re concerned that there is a lack of information on what will be the extent of this travel ban,” Marresee said.
The government’s decision comes just weeks after President Donald Trump signed an executive order that temporarily banned travel from seven Muslim-majority countries. “
There are certain sports that we have been working on, so we are hoping to be able to get some progress with that,” Marrade said.
The government’s decision comes just weeks after President Donald Trump signed an executive order that temporarily banned travel from seven Muslim-majority countries.
Trump also issued an executive action barring all U.S. refugees from entering the U.K. for 90 days and indefinitely barred entry for all refugees and visitors from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.