Jamaica has consistently ranked among the world's top five tourist destinations. There's a good reason for that-- the relaxing tropical climate, a multitude of gorgeous beaches, and world-renown rums. Surrounded by the blue waters of the Caribbean Sea, this large island-state in the Greater Antilles, offers vacationers sights, sounds and experiences they'll remember for the rest of their lives.
- Currency: The Jamaican Dollar
- Population: Nearly 3 million people as of 2020
- Language: English is the most common language; Jamaica Creole is also very common but it is only spoken, not written.
- Must-See Landmark: Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park
- Must-Taste Dish: Ackee and saltfish
- Emergency Services Telephone Number: Ambulance & Fire: 110; Police: 119
Travel insurance & Safety
Currently, travel insurance isn't mandatory for Jamaica but it's always smart to play it safe, especially during a pandemic. With a wide range of plans on the market, it may be difficult to select a plan. To find the plan that's best for you, first assess your health then take a look at your travel plans. From there, you can evaluate plans side by side with our comparison tool. For travelers with pre-existing conditions, senior travelers and those looking for more complete coverage, a comprehensive plan is the best option. If you are looking for basic coverage at an affordable price, a limited plan may be the way to go.
Visas and Documentation
Visa requirements depend on your home country. For example, American citizens are not required to have a visa as long as their stay is less than 60 days. To determine what your country's specific visa requirements for traveling to Jamaica are, check out Jamaica's Passport Immigration And Citizenship Agency Website.
In terms of documentation, every foreigner traveling to Jamaica must present a valid passport or similar documentation such as Certificates of Identity or Documents of Identity. For a comprehensive list of acceptable alternatives to passports, visit PICA's website mentioned above.
- All travelers should be up to date with routine vaccinations, including measles.
- Most travelers will require the following vaccinations: Hepatitis A and Typhoid
- Some travelers may also need the following vaccinations: Hepatitis B, Rabies and Yellow Fever
As the coronavirus infections continue to spread, each country will have its own set of restrictions and guidelines. If you're considering international travel, be sure to follow the COVID-19 guidelines of your home country as well as your destination country.
For COVID-19 updates and restrictions specific to Jamaica, check out the following resources:
- CDC Guidelines for Traveling to Jamaica
- For U.S. Visitors to Jamaica
- Jamaica Covid Advisories & Hotline
Etiquette and cultural norms
Although Jamaicans have a reputation for being laid back, there is still a common code of etiquette. Let's take a look at some of the etiquette and cultural norms.
- Good manners are important. Greet people politely, treat your elders with respect and acknowledge fellow passengers when sharing a taxi.
- Heed superstitions. Fear of spirits of the dead (called duppies) is common and witchcraft (obeah) is practiced by some Jamaicans.
- Avoid taboo subjects. In Jamaican culture, taboo topics include homosexuality and other issues related to sexuality.
- Dress codes. Many government offices or banks have dress codes posted on the door. And wearing beach attire away from the beach is frowned upon.
Weather and What to Pack
Jamaica's climate is tropical and hot all year round. The difference between summer and winter is just a few degrees! The rainy season falls between April and October. Like the rest of the Caribbean, Jamaica can be impacted by Hurricanes. Typically, hurricane season is between June to November, with August to October being the most likely time a hurricane could hit. Discover more about hurricane trip insurance. Jamaica's capital, Kingston, does not get very much rain and is usually, even during rainfall, sunny.
So, pack warm weather clothing like shorts and sundresses and be sure to bring sunglasses with UV protection, sunscreen with a high SPF, waterproof pouches or bags for your electronics and other valuables, and anything else you need for relaxing days at the beach!
Popular Destinations in Japan
- Montego Bay: Located on Jamaica's north coast, this major cruise ship port boasts a bevy of beach resorts and golf courses. Be sure to bring along snorkeling and scuba diving gear so you can witness firsthand the majesty of the coral reefs of Montego Bay Marine Park. And remember, if you do plan on participating in these once-in-a-lifetime activities, stay protected with adventure sports coverage.
- Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park: Hike the longest mountain range in Jamaica and see some of the island's most breathtaking views. Blue Mountains contains the island's highest point, Blue Mountain Peak, at 2256 m. At the summit, accessible via a walking track, both the north and south coasts of the island can be seen.
- Kingston: No trip to Jamaica would be complete without a visit to the island's bustling capital city, Kingston. The city is home to a number of museums including the National Gallery, Natural History Museum and, of course, The Bob Marley Museum. Take a break from the beaches and experience the culture and history of the island.