Visas

North American Tourist | Cruise Passengers | Business Travellers | Work Permit | Students | Visas to take up Residency | Foreign Seamen | Fees

Visitors are required to be in possession of a national passport or other acceptable travel document establishing nationality and identity, and bearing a photograph.  The  passport or other travel document must be valid for the period of intended stay in the island. Visitors are also required to show evidence of sufficient funds to support themselves during their stay and be in possession of a return or round trip ticket to another country to which they are admissible.

 

Nationals of certain countries require, in addition to travel documents, an entry visa.  This is normally issued, on application, by a Jamaican  Consular office.

 

The decision in respect of admission and length of stay in the country rests with the Immigration Officer at the port of entry in Jamaica.  This applies whether or not a visa is a prerequisite for entry.

General Conditions for Admission

A person desirous of visiting Jamaica:

  • Should be in possession of a valid visa unless exempted from this requirement under any of the prescribed regulations.

  • Must be in a position to support himself/herself and accompanying dependents for the duration of stay;

  • Should not be of unsound mind;

  • Should not be the subject of a certificate submitted to the Immigration Officer by a health officer indicating that for medical reasons, permission to land is not desirable;

  • Should not have been sentenced in a foreign country for any extraditable crime within the meaning of the Extradition Acts 1870 and 1906;

  • Should not be the subject of a deportation order in force under the Aliens Law, Chapter 9;

  • Should not be the subject of a landing prohibition order from the Minister of National Security;

Entry Requirements for North American Tourists

United States – Citizens and Permanent Residents

Citizens of the United States, require a valid passport for entry into Jamaica, as this travel document is a requirement of the US for re-entry into that country.

 

Permanent Residents of the United States visiting Jamaica as tourists for periods not exceeding six (6) months, and who possess return or roundtrip tickets showing that their journey began in the USA, Puerto Rico or the US Virgin Islands do not require passports for entry to Jamaica but will require a valid passport to re-enter the USA under the Western Hemispheric Travel Initiative.  

 

Canada – Citizens and Permanent Residents

 

All citizens require a return ticket to Canada and one of the following:

  • valid passport or a passport with an expiry date not exceeding one year;

  • certificate (card) of Canadian citizenship bearing a photograph of the person;

  • birth certificate, and identification, of over 16 years of age establishing nationality and identity to the satisfaction of the Immigration Officer.

  • birth Certificate, if under 16 years of age

 

Permanent Residents require a return ticket to Canada, a valid passport and a Permanent Residents Card.

Cruise Passengers

Cruise Passengers of any nationality who intend to remain in the island during the stay of the vessel by which they arrived and to depart on the same vessel, are not required to hold passports.

Business Travellers

Foreign and Commonwealth nationals entering the country to conduct short-term business, such as consultations, meetings, inspections, repairs, technical advice, are admissible as visitors, in accordance with the entry requirements applicable to visitors from their respective countries.

 

Each visit should not exceed thirty (30) days and the cumulative number of days within a calendar year should not exceed one hundred and eighty (180) days.

Persons travelling to Jamaica on business must be in possession of the following documents:

  • valid passport

  • return or round trip ticket;

  • a visa, if applicable

Work Permit

Foreign and Commonwealth nationals who wish to engage in employment activities in the island, whatever the nature of the employment, are required to obtain a work permit or work permit exemption before entering the country.

Persons coming to Jamaica for employment purposes must be in possession of the following documents:

  • valid passport;

  • return or round trip ticket;

  • work permit issued by the Ministry of Labor and Social Security;

  • a visa, if applicable.

Information on the procedures for obtaining a Work Permit may be obtained from the website of the Ministry of Labor and Social Security at:   www.jis.gov.jm

Students

Students are required to be in possession of the following documents:

  • valid passport;

  • visa, when required

  • return ticket valid for one (1) year;

  • letter of acceptance from the school or institution which the student will be attending; and

  • adequate funds to cover expenses for one (1) year in the first instance.

Visas to take up Residency

Applicants who have been granted temporary or permanent residence in Jamaica are required to show evidence of such approval prior to the issuance of a single entry visa.

Visa/Passport Requirements for Foreign Seamen

Seamen embarking from or landing in Jamaica are required to be in possession of valid passports or other acceptable travel documents establishing national status and identity.  A Seaman’s Discharge Book is acceptable, except in the case of a stateless seaman, who should have a travel document from the country issuing the discharge book.

Seamen who are members of the crew of a ship visiting Jamaica do not require visas to land while the ship remains at port, but they must depart with the ship.

 

Seamen travelling to Jamaica to join a ship in Jamaica, or passing through Jamaica to join a ship abroad, require transit visas unless they are nationals of countries which do not require visas to enter Jamaica.  

 

Seamen travelling as passengers and those signed on ship’s articles as supernumeraries at nominal rates of pay will be treated as ordinary passengers if and when granted leave to land.  They will require visas unless they are nationals of countries which do not require visas.

 

Applications from foreign nationals to enter Jamaica to work on dredgers should be referred to the Ministry of National Security.  Such persons will be required to obtain work permits issued by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security.

Country
Particulars
Fee US $
AFGHANISTAN
Referral Necessary
30
ALBANIA
Visa also obtainable at port of entry
20
ALGERIA
10
ANDORRA
Visa also obtainable at port of entry
20
ANGOLA
30
ANTIGUA/BARBUDA
Commonwealth (No Visa)
0
ARGENTINA
No Visa up to 30 days for Tourism
30
ARMENIA
Visa also obtainable at port of entry
20
AUSTRALIA
Commonwealth (No Visa)
0
AUSTRIA
No Visa up to 90 days for Tourism
38
AZERBAIJAN
Visa also obtainable at port of entry
20
BAHAMAS
Commonwealth (No Visa)
0
BAHRAIN
20
BANGLADESH
Commonwealth (No Visa)
0
BARBADOS
Commonwealth (No Visa)
0
BELARUS
Visa also obtainable at port of entry
20
BELGIUM
No Visa up to 90 days for Tourism
38
BELIZE
Commonwealth (No Visa)
0
BENIN
20
BHUTAN
20
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*N.B. In order to obtain a visa, Nigerian Nationals will need to provide the Consulate with a letter of invitation from individuals they are visiting or organization they will be working with in Jamaica.

Passport holders of the following territories will be treated according to the jurisdiction under which they fall:

Territory
Jurisdiction
ARUBA
NETHERLANDS
BERMUDA
UNITED KINGDOM
BONAIRE
NETHERLANDS
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
UNITED KINGDOM
CURACAO
NETHERLANDS
FRENCH GUIANA
FRANCE
FRENCH POLYNESIA
FRANCE
GIBRALTAR
UNITED KINGDOM
GUADELOUPE
FRANCE
MACAU
CHINA
MARTINIQUE
FRANCE
MONTSERRAT
UNITED KINGDOM
ST MAARTEN
NETHERLANDS
ST. MARTIN
FRANCE
TURKS & CAICOS ISLAND
UNITED KINGDOM
US VIRGIN ISLANDS
UNITED STATES
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Jamaicans wishing to renew their passports can obtain application forms by clicking on the Passport Forms Link above, print, complete and send to the nearest consulate in your area or the Embassy in Washington, DC.


Application forms can also be obtained by contacting the Embassy of Jamaica in Washington D.C., the Consulate General of Jamaica in New York or other Jamaican Consulates near to them. The form is free.

We have added a page of information about passports here.

NOTE: While we provide application forms, we do not process passports at the Consulate in Seattle. This has to be done at either the Embassy of Jamaica in Washington, D.C., or at one of the Consulate General (New York or Miami).

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Passport Renewal