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If you’re travelling to Jamaica, our travel advice and updates give you practical tips and useful information.

Security Status

  • Normal precautions
  • High degree of caution
  • Avoid non-essential travel
  • Do not travel
  • Overview
  • Safety and Security
  • Local Laws and Customs
  • Additional Information
  • Embassy Contact

Overview

General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation

For the latest update please read the General COVID-19 Travel Advisory >

Overview

Security Status

High degree of caution

Security Status Last Updated: 30 July 2021

Latest Travel Alert

COVID-19 is still a threat, but with continued public health measures, vaccination and testing, it will be possible to travel internationally. You will need to plan your travel carefully and there are risks.

A significant number of cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Jamaica.

Government responses to the COVID-19 crisis in many countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have included restrictions of flights from Europe; restrictive new quarantine arrangements as well as restrictions affecting admissions of Irish people already travelling in the region to other countries in Latin America.

Important Notes:

  • ALL travellers ages 12 and up regardless of nationality, are required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 molecular (PCR, NAA, RNA) or Antigen test performed by an accredited lab for which the sample was collected within 3 days of the travel date.
  • Until August 10, 2021, a person who is not a citizen of Jamaica, and has been in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Peru, India or Trinidad & Tobago within 14 days of their intended date of entry, will not be approved for travel.
  • All arriving passengers to Jamaica will be required to have a Travel Authorization prior to check-in for a flight to Jamaica - Travel Authorization Card. Travel Authorization applications must be submitted within seven (7) days of the intended travel date.
  • Travellers that are low risk will not be tested at the airport and can enjoy their trip within the ‘tourism corridor'.
  • Travellers that are deemed high-risk will be tested on arrival.
  • Travellers that want to stay outside the ‘tourism corridor' will have to quarantine for 14 days.
  • Travellers that want to stay outside the ‘tourism corridor' will have to quarantine for 14 days.
  • Outgoing passengers will be allowed to leave. Incoming and outgoing cargo continues to be allowed.
  • EU citizens can leave with these flights provided they have valid US ESTAs and proof of connecting flights to Europe.
  • People entering Jamaica (by special order of the Minister for Immigration) must be quarantined for 14 days.

Quarantine Updates

  • All travellers arriving in Jamaica will be subject to the following quarantine requirements (you should ensure that you have evidence of full vaccination status for reduced quarantine):
    • Category 1: Residents - Jamaican nationals and non-nationals ordinarily resident in Jamaica.
      • Jamaican nationals and non-nationals ordinarily resident in Jamaica may be subject to testing if assessed as high-risk.
      • Whether or not you are required to be tested, you will be required to remain in quarantine at home for 14 days from your date of entry to Jamaica. If you are fully vaccinated this is reduced to 8 days.
      • If you are tested and your test is negative, you will have to complete your quarantine at home for 14 days from your date of entry to Jamaica. If you are fully vaccinated this is reduced to 8 days.
      • If you are fully vaccinated, you can choose to take a PCR test. With a negative result you can be released from the Quarantine Order. If the test is positive, you will be isolated either at home or in a government facility as determined by the health authorities.
    • Category 2: Non-residents visiting Jamaica for tourism purposes and staying at approved “resilient corridor” accommodation
      • The pre-testing requirement described above is applicable to persons in this category if they are residents of locations designated as high risk by the Jamaican health authorities.
      • Based on health screening and risk assessment on arrival, you may still be required to be tested at the airport or designated facility. In this case, you would await your test result in your hotel room.
      • If the test is negative, you will remain at your hotel/resort within the “resilient corridor” and restricted to property under the “Stay in Resilient Corridor” measure with only permitted excursions.
      • If the test is positive, you will be isolated either at the hotel/resort or in a government facility as determined by the health authorities.
      • Details of ‘resilient corridor’ accommodation can be found on the Visit Jamaica website.
    • Category 3: Non-residents visiting Jamaica for business purposes
      • This traveller category does NOT include other non-residents or residents travelling to attend funerals, weddings, other family gatherings or conduct personal interest activities.
      • Business travellers will also be tested on arrival at the airport in Jamaica. They will await their test results under a “Quarantine for Business Traveller” measure at their hotel/intended address. If the test is negative, they will be released from quarantine and be under a “Stay at Intended Address for Business Travellers” measure for a period of 14 days from their date of entry to Jamaica or for the duration of their stay if shorter than 14 days. If the test is positive, they will be isolated either at their hotel/intended address or in a government facility as determined by the health authorities.
    • Category 4: Non-residents visiting Jamaica for other purposes including tourists not staying within the “resilient corridor”
      • The pre-testing requirement described above is applicable to persons in this category if they are residents of locations designated as high risk by the Jamaican health authorities. Persons who are not required to pre-test may be required to be tested at the airport or other designated facility, if assessed by the health authorities as high-risk. They will then await their test results under quarantine at their hotel/intended address.
      • Whether or not you need to be tested or not, you will be need to remain in quarantine at home for 14 days from your date of entry to Jamaica. If you need to be tested and your test is negative, you will be required to remain in quarantine at home for 14 days from your date of entry to Jamaica. If the test is positive, you will be isolated either at home or in a government facility as determined by the health authorities.

See links below for details on COVID-19 in Jamaica.

Jamaican Ministry of Health and Wellness

Ministry of Health and Wellness Contact Information for COVID-19 Concerns 

Jamaican Information Service

WHO 

If you are in Jamaica, you should monitor developments regularly and follow the advice of local authorities. See links to relevant websites below.

Jamaican Information Service

Government of Jamaica

Passport, Immigration & Citizenship Agency Jamaica COVID-19 Advisory

Additional information on COVID-19 can be found via the following links:

HSE

HPSC

ECDC

World Health Organisation

General Travel Advice

The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems, start by talking to your local contacts, tour operator representative or hotel management.

The Emergency services numbers in Jamaica are:

  • Police: 119
  • Ambulance service: 110

Because there is no Irish Embassy in Jamaica, we’re limited in the help we can offer you in an emergency. However, if you need assistance, you can contact the Honorary Consulate in Kingston or the Irish Embassy in Ottawa, Canada.

Travel to Ireland

Up to date information on travelling to Ireland can be found on gov.ie 

Information on Travel within Europe (EU/EEA) can also be found on Re-open EU.

 

Safety and Security

Safety and security

Social unrest

Impromptu demonstrations can take place in non-tourist areas of the inner city of Kingston. Avoid demonstrations and public gatherings, which can sometimes turn confrontational. Always keep yourself informed of what’s going on around you by monitoring local media and staying in contact with your hotel or tour organiser.

Crime

The capital of Jamaica, Kingston, is prone to high levels of crime and violence, including kidnapping. You should always take sensible precautions: 

  • Don’t carry your credit card, travel tickets and money together - leave spare cash and valuables in a safe place. 
  • Don’t carry your passport unless absolutely necessary and leave a copy of your passport (and travel and insurance documents) with family or friends at home.
  • Avoid showing large sums of money in public and don’t use ATMs after dark, especially if you’re alone. Check no one has followed you after conducting your business.
  • Avoid dark and unlit streets and stairways, and arrange to be picked up or dropped off as close to your hotel or apartment entrance as possible.
  • Keep a close eye on your personal belongings and hold on to them in public places such as internet cafés, train and bus stations.
  • Avoid West Kingston and inner city areas.
  • The motive for attacks on tourists is usually robbery. In such cases, do not attempt to resist.
  • Avoid walking through the city at night, and avoid walking alone at any time.

Petty theft

Beware of pickpockets, muggers and bag snatchers, especially in areas where large numbers of people crowd together. We recommend that you stay in established hotels away from the inner city.

Lost or stolen passports

If your passport is lost or stolen, you need to report it immediately to the police. Getting a replacement passport will be easier if you are able to provide a copy of the lost or stolen one, so keep photocopies of your passport 

Reporting crime

If you’re a victim of a crime while in Jamaica, report it to the local police immediately. And you can contact us at the Honorary Consulate in Kingston or the Irish Embassy in Ottawa.

Driving

If you’re planning to drive in Jamaica, you should be careful as there is a high rate of road traffic accidents. Traffic in Jamaica keeps to the left as in Ireland, however much of the road network, especially outside the main cities, is in a poor state of repair. If you want to drive:

  • Bring your full Irish driving licence and make sure you have adequate and appropriate insurance
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is against the law and you risk being detained, fined or banned from driving if caught
  • Keep your vehicle doors locked and your bags kept out of sight to prevent opportunistic bag-snatching if you’re stopped at traffic lights

Taxis

Avoid public buses and only use taxis regulated by the Jamaica Union of Travellers Association and ordered from a hotel for your sole use.

Hiring a vehicle

If you’re hiring a vehicle, we advise you not to hand over your passport as a form of security. If you’re allowing your passport to be photocopied, keep it in your sight at all times.

Hurricane season

The hurricane season in the Caribbean normally runs from July to October. You should pay close attention to local and international weather reports and follow the advice of local authorities. Always monitor local and international weather updates for the region by accessing, for example, the Weather Channel, or the US National Hurricane Centre website.

Local Laws and Customs

Local laws and customs

Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them. Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as your behaviour may be seen as improper, hostile or may even be illegal.

Illegal drugs

The Jamaican authorities take the issue of illegal drugs in any quantity extremely seriously and possession of even a small amount of a prohibited substance can result in imprisonment. Conditions in Jamaican prisons are extremely harsh. The smoking of marijuana in Jamaica is not legal.

Additional Information

Additional information

Entry requirements (visa/passport)

Irish citizens don’t need a visa to enter Jamaica. However, if you are unsure about the entry requirements for Jamaica, including visa and other immigration information, ask your travel agent or contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Jamaica.

You can also check with them how long your passport must be valid for.

Passports

It’s advisable to take a number of photocopies of your passport with you. During your stay you should carry a photocopy of your passport at all times.

Health

Check with your doctor well in advance of travelling to see if you need any vaccinations for Jamaica.

Communications

The international code for dialling Jamaica from Ireland is 001. The code for Kingston is 876. To call Ireland from Jamaica use the prefix 011 353. For example to call the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin dial: 011 353 1 408 2000.

ATMs

Irish ATM cards displaying the Maestro and Cirrus symbols can usually be used in ATMs in Jamaica, but you should confirm this with your bank before you leave. Always be vigilant when using ATMs.

 

Embassy contact

Embassy Contact

We do not have an Embassy in Jamaica, please contact Embassy of Ireland Canada.

If you need urgent assistance you can contact the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin on +353 1 408 2000.

Embassy of Ireland
Suite 1105 (11th Floor)
130 Albert Street
Ottawa
Ontario K1P 5G4
Canada

Tel: +1 613 233 6281
Fax: +1 613 233 5835

Monday to Friday 10.00am to 12.00pm and 2.00pm to 4.00pm

Contact us

Honorary Consulate Contact

Mr. Brian J. Denning
Honorary Consulate of Ireland
Penthouse - Scotiabank Centre
Corner of Port Royal & Duke Streets
Kingston
Jamaica W.I.

Tel: 1-(876) 932-8423
Fax: 1-(876) 967-1949

Email: Email us