Jamaica has put in place measures to manage Covid-19 pandemic risk. All travellers to Jamaica must get a Travel Authorization before entering the island. Please click on the link directly to the Authorization Form
U.S. Citizens traveling to and from Jamaica must present a valid passport when leaving and or re-entering the United States. Residents must present their Alien Resident Card (Green Card) together with passport of country for which they hold citizenship. All visitors are required to travel with a return ticket or onward ticket for entry into Jamaica. For more information, go to: http://www.congenjamaica-ny.org/visas/requirements-2/
Canadian Citizens: Valid passport or a government-issued identification with photograph, along with an official birth certificate. Canadian residents must present a Canadian Permanent Resident Card and a passport showing country of citizenship.
Visitors traveling via airlines can go to www.iatatravelcentre.com to review travel document requirements.
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No matter where in the world you’re traveling, Montego Bay is no exception. It is important to know where you are going and the requirements, how to stay safe, keep your property safe at all times. Here are some tips to make your Jamaican vacation safe and fun.
-Give friends and family your contact information and itineraries in case of
-Register with your country’s embassy or consulate before you travel in case of
-Keep luggage, handbags or backpacks in view at all times.
-Don’t take around large amounts of cash. This can attract undue attention.
-Avoid wearing expensive jewelry on road trips, each or excursions.
Jamaica has a tropical climate, characterized by high temperatures and humid conditions all-year-round. Average temperature ranges from 66 degrees Fahrenheit (19 degrees Celsius) to 99 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius).
The island has two rainy seasons from May to June and September to November. The hurricanes season is from June to September. Rainfalls are usually short, most of the time in the afternoon.
Licensed cambio centers and commercial banks are accessible in all resort areas. Most of our ATMs accept international bank cards, with Visa, MasterCard, Cirrus and Plus logos. Banks also give credit card advances, change traveler’s checks and other financial services.
Jamaica falls within the Eastern Time Zone (UTC/GMT -5 Hours) and does not observe Daylight Savings Time. At approximately 18 degrees north of the equator, the island falls within the tropics, and as such does not experience drastic seasonal changes in sunrise and sunset times. Year-round, the island averages between 11.5 and 12.5 hours of sunlight per day.
Officially, we speak English but we like to mix it up with our own island version of patois. It takes a little getting used to, but you’re sure to have lots of fun trying out a few of our expressions.
In Jamaica, the use, sale and possession of drugs such as cocaine, crack, ecstasy, heroin and any other controlled substance is illegal. Violators are subject to severe punishments – specifically arrest, fine and imprisonment. Please don’t ruin your vacation.
Jamaica has hundreds of natural springs and rivers, both above and underground. Over the years, we have developed extensive water treatment and supply systems island-wide, so all drinking water in Jamaica is purified and filtered by modern methods. Our water is safe for you to drink, clean your teeth, bath and wash clothing in. If you choose not to drink the water, rest assured – there are many brands of Jamaican spring water that meet or exceed the highest international standards, available at most shops and restaurants.
Jamaica is well connected to the rest of the world. Direct international telephone service operates in all areas, 24 hours a day, and telephone operators will gladly facilitate collect, third-party or credit card calls. Internet access is available as well in hotels and parish libraries, but also at local Internet cafes. Three daily newspapers and five weekend newspapers will keep you in the know, while some hotels and gift shops receive the international additions.