JAMAICA, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Travelers will have to pay a deposit of up to 100,000 pesos (US$3,800) to use some online services, including Visa and MasterCard, to access some websites and applications, the country’s tourism ministry said on Tuesday.
In addition, online travel for the country will be banned, including flights to the United States, China and Japan.
The ministry said people could still use the Internet and the Internet in the home and at work, but it was not yet clear if they would have to do so.
“We have received information from various stakeholders in the tourism industry, that it is a temporary measure,” said Miguel Luis Guzman, tourism minister.
“If the suspension continues for a period of time, the impact will be severe.”
Travelers can now visit the United Nations and the World Bank in New York and Rome, Guzman said.
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is developing an Internet portal for travelers to use to pay for travel, travel services and other goods and services.
The Internet portal, called the Travel Portal, was set to be launched in November, but the deadline is now pushed back to September 20, Guzmán said.
In recent months, the government has taken steps to curtail tourism spending, restricting visitors to only five days in three years.
In May, it said it would halt visits to the U.S. and impose travel restrictions in Mexico.
It has also cut subsidies for tourists and imposed steep fines for those who fail to pay, and is imposing a $10,000 ($16,300) fee for a tourist visa.