TRAVEL INFORMATION FOR JAMAICA

 

 

The following information below is here to assist travelers in understanding their options as they travel to and through Jamaica.

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VISA INFORMATION
 
Immigration formalities require every person to show a return or ongoing airline ticket when arriving in Jamaica.
 
The Visa Waiver Program
 
Citizens of the following countries of the British Commonwealth, with an ordinary passport, valid for a minimum of 6 months,  DO NOT NEED A VISA to enter Jamaica:

Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Brunei Darussalam, Cameroon, Canada, Cayman Islands,  Cyprus, Dominica, Fiji, Gambia,  Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta,  Mauritius, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands,  South Africa, Suriname, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, UK of Great Britain & Northern Ireland, United Republic of Tanzania, Vanuatu, Zambia, Zimbabwe

 
30 Day Stay
Citizens of the following countries, with an ordinary passport, valid for a minimum of 6 months,  are allowed to travel to Jamaica for tourism or business purposes for up to a maximum of 30 days DO NOT NEED A VISA:

Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Japan, Monaco, Portugal, Spain, Uruguay

 
90 Day Stay.
Citizens of the following countries, with an ordinary passport, valid for a minimum of 6 months,  are allowed to travel to Jamaica for tourism or business purposes for up to a maximum of 90 days DO NOT NEED A VISA:

Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, South Korea, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Mexico, The Netherlands, Norway, San Marino, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey

 
Visa Approved at Port of Entry (P.O.E)
Some foreigners coming to Jamaica may qualify for visa approval at Port of Entry into Jamaica, provided they are holding valid onward or return tickets and evidence of sufficient funds to cover duration of stay. The citizens of the  following countries qualify for this option:

Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech & Slovak Federal Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovenia, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Yugoslavia,

 

 

 

 

AIRPORTS
 
Jamaica
Jamaica has 2 major airports. Both airports serve both domestic and international destinations. All airports provide access to the city via taxis, and buses.

 

Kingston Airport
Norman Manley International Airport (KIN) is formerly Palisadoes Airport, is located on the Palisadoes tombolo in outer Kingston Harbour; it fronts the city on one side and the Caribbean Sea on the other. It serves Kingston, Jamaica with over 130 international flights a week that depart from Norman Manley International Airport. It is a hub for Air Jamaica, and Caribbean Airlines.
 
Montego Bay Airport
Sangster International Airport (MBJ) is an ultra-modern international airport located 4.8 km east of Montego Bay, Jamaica. It is one of the largest, and busiest airports in the Caribbean capable of handling nine million passengers per year. Sangster is often referred to as the gateway to the Caribbean, and is the Caribbean hub for many airlines. It serves as the most popular airport for tourists visiting the north coast of Jamaica.
 

 

 

 

DRIVING IN JAMAICA
 
Please keep in mind that Jamaicans drive on the left of the road.

Driving as a tourist in Jamaica is an adventure, as Jamaican roads are not renowned for their upkeep nor are their drivers renowned for their caution. Roads in and around major cities and towns are generally congested, and rural roads tend to be narrow and bendy. Travel from the north to the south can involve treks on mountain roads. Jamaican drivers do not slow down because of these twists and turns.
There are relatively few stoplights outside of urban centers and are generally found in major city centers, such as Montego Bay, Falmouth, Kingston, Mandeville, Spanish Town, Santa Cruz, and Ocho Rios. For towns where stoplights are not installed, roundabouts are used.
Renting a car is easily done, and it is advised to go through an established major car rental company such as Island Car Rental, Hertz, Avis, etc.
 

 

 

 

 

JAMAICA By BUS
Jamaican local buses are cheap and can save you the headache of negotiating with tourist taxis. The ride is very different from what you are probably used to. Many resorts offer excursions by bus. Check with the resort's office that is in charge of planning day trips for more information.

 

 

 

 

TRAINS
 
Passenger and public freight service ceased in 1992.
 
 

 

 

 

TAXIS
 
Local taxis, called "route taxis", are used to get around and far cheaper than tourist taxis, and are the primary mode of transportation for most Jamaicans. For instance, it may cost $50JM (under $1 USD) to travel 20 miles. These are local cars. Licensed taxis usually have the taxi signs spray painted on their front fenders. At times, you will find one with a taxi sign. Red license plate indicates the vehicle for public transportation, while a white plate is for private vehicles. Taxis can be waved down anywhere on the main street or highway.

Route taxis are often times packed with people, but you may join the group.
 
 

 

 

 

FERRIES
 
Travelling by boat is not advised unless the service is operated by a hotel or tourism company. It is not a quick way to get around unless you want to tour the coastline. At time, fishermen may offer this service to willing tourists but they may overcharge.
 

 

 

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