More than 300 foreign nationals on board Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s The Anthem of the Seas that arrived at the Falmouth Cruise Ship Pier in Trelawny on Tuesday with over 1,040 Jamaicans workers will not be allowed to disembark.
This from Director of the Western Regional Health Authority, Errol Greene.
But while the Jamaicans will be able to disembark the vessel to be processed over a period of time, the foreign nationals will not be allowed to leave the ship.
"My understanding is that there are 300 and odd other persons who are not Jamaicans who are on the ship. Those persons will not be permitted to disembark," said Greene.
He said a team was present on the port to process the Jamaican passengers as they disembarked the ship.
"Once they are processed and given the go-ahead to proceed, then they will be removed to quarantine where they will spend the next 14 days or whatever period of quarantine time is necessary for them," Greene explained.
He expressed the view that it was heart-warming to see the outpouring of patriotic spirit among persons who had gathered near the port.
"There were a number of Jamaican flags being waved and persons spontaneously burst out into singing of the National Anthem," noted Greene.
"We are here as the regional health authority, being supported by the Jamaica Defence Force (JCF), the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), the Customs Agency of Jamaica, PICA (Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency), the Ministry of Health and the Trelawny Health Services," he added.
The Western Regional Health Authority director said he could not say how long the vessel would be spending in Jamaica, "but we do have facilities in place to accommodate the ship".