Jamaica in detail

Entry & Exit Formalities

Expect a wait in the immigration halls at the airports in Kingston and Montego Bay. There are often only two or three immigration officers on hand to process the planeloads of passengers, and often multiple flights land within minutes of each other, increasing the burden on officials.

Customs Regulations

  • Passengers may bring into Jamaica duty-free goods in amounts that they 'might reasonably be expected to carry with them for personal use.'
  • It's possible (though highly unlikely) that you may need to show proof that laptop computers and other expensive items (especially electronics) are for personal use; otherwise you may be charged import duty.
  • For more information, see Jamaica Customs (www.jacustoms.gov.jm).


Passports valid for at least six months from the date of entry are required for all visits to Jamaica.


Most nationals require no visa to visit Jamaica. Most of those who do can obtain one on arrival.

Further Information

For stays of six months or less, no visas are required for citizens of the UK, US and Commonwealth countries. Nationals of several EU countries, Brazil, Chile, Israel and Mexico don’t need a visa for stays of up to 90 days. Residents of some EU countries are allowed only a 30-day visa-free stay; check www.congenjamaica-ny.org for further details.

All other nationals require visas (nationals of most countries can obtain a visa on arrival, provided they are holding valid onward or return tickets and evidence of sufficient funds).