Requirements For Entry Into Jamaica

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;

TOURIST VISA  

  • Valid passport
  • One passport size photograph
  • Completed Visa Application Form J (signature is required)
  • Valid return visa to the United States
  • Flight itinerary (Round trip ticket)
  • Visa fee payable by Money Order to the Jamaican Consulate, 767 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10017 (fees are applied as listed)
  • FedEx fee of $20.00 payable by Money Order to return passport (if applicable)
  • Processing time: Walk-in applicants: 2-3 business days; mailed-in applicants: 5 business days

ENTRY VISA (Student)

  • Valid passport
  • One passport size photograph
  • Completed visa application form J (signature is required)
  • Valid return visa to the United States (if applicable)
  • Flight itinerary (Round trip ticket)
  • Letter from educational institution indicating purpose and length of stay in Jamaica
  • Medical certificate indicating that the applicant is free from contagious or communicable diseases
  • Visa fee payable by Money Order to the Jamaican Consulate, 767 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10017 (fees are applied as listed)
  • FedEx fee of $20.00 payable by Money Order to return passport (if applicable)
  • Processing time: Walk-in applicants: 2-3 business days; mailed-in applicants: 5 business days

ENTRY VISA (Work)

  • Valid passport
  • One passport size photograph
  • Completed visa application form J (signature is required)
  • Valid return visa to the United States (if applicable)
  • Letter from Ministry of Labour, Jamaica approving work permit or granting exemption from the work permit requirement
  • Visa fee payable by Money Order to the Jamaican Consulate, 767 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10017 (fees are applied as listed)
  • FedEx fee of $20.00 payable by Money Order to return passport (if applicable)
  • Processing time: Walk-in applicants: 2-3 business days; mailed-in applicants: 5 business days

ENTRY VISA (Spouse of Jamaican National)

  • Valid passport
  • One passport size photograph
  • Completed visa application form J (signature is required)
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Spouse’s birth certificate and certified copy of spouse’s Jamaican Passport
  • Visa fee payable by Money Order to the Jamaican Consulate, 767 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10017 (fees are applied as listed)
  • FedEx fee of $20.00 payable by Money Order to return passport (if applicable)
  • Processing time: Walk-in applicants: 2-3 business days; mailed-in applicants: 5 business days

ENTRY VISA (Permanent Residency)

  • Valid passport
  • One passport size photograph
  • Completed visa application form J (signature is required)
  • Letter from Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency in Jamaica
  • Certified copy of spouse’s birth certificate and Jamaican Passport
  • Visa fee payable by Money Order to the Jamaican Consulate, 767 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10017 (fees are applied as listed)
  • FedEx fee of $20.00 payable by Money Order to return passport (if applicable)
  • Processing time: Walk-in applicants: 2-3 business days; mailed-in applicants: 5 business days

 

JAMAICA IMMIGRATION UNIT

 

 Visa Requirements for Jamaicans Traveling Overseas

and Foreigners Entering Jamaica

(PTA- Prior To Arrival / POE – Port Of Entry)

COUNTRY

ENTRY VISA

Foreigners arriving in Jamaica

 

VISA REQUIREMENTS

Jamaicans going overseas

AFGHANISTAN YES – pta YES
ALBANIA YES – poe YES
ALGERIA YES – pta YES
ANDORRA YES – poe YES
ANGOLA YES – pta YES
ANTIGUA & BARBUDA (commonwealth) NONE NONE
ARGENTINA NONE – 30 days NONE – 30 days
ARMENIA YES – poe YES – pta
AUSTRALIA (commonwealth) NONE YES
AUSTRIA NONE – 90 days YES – pta (Schengen Visa)
AZERBAIJAN YES – poe YES – pta
BAHAMAS (commonwealth) NONE NONE
BAHRAIN YES -  pta YES
BANGLADESH (commonwealth) NONE NONE
BARBADOS (commonwealth) NONE NONE – 6 months
BELARUS YES – poe YES – pta
BELGIUM NONE – 90 days YES – pta (Benelux Country)

NONE – Dip. & Off.P/p

 

BELIZE (commonwealth) NONE NONE
BENIN YES – pta YES
BERMUDA (commonwealth) NONE NONE – 3 months
BHUTAN YES – pta YES
BOLIVIA YES – pta YES
BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA YES – poe YES
BOTSWANA (commonwealth) NONE NONE
BRAZIL NONE – 30 days YES – tourist visa – US$20
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS YES – poe YES
BRUNEI DARUSSALAM (commonwealth) NONE YES

COUNTRY

ENTRY VISA

Foreigners arriving in Jamaica

 

VISA REQUREMENTS

Jamaicans going overseas

BULGARIA YES -poe YES
BURKINA FASO YES – pta YES
BURUNDI YES – pta YES
CAMEROON(commonwealth) YES- pta YES
CAMBODIA YES – pta YES
CANADA (commonwealth) NONE YES – pta
CAPE VERDE YES – pta YES
CAYMAN ISLANDS (Brit)

(Commonwealth)

YES YES
CENTRAL AFRICAN REP. YES -pta YES
CHAD YES- pta YES
CHILE NONE – 90 days

NO – Dip. & Off.P/p

NONE – 90 days

NO – Dip. & Off.P/p

CHINA YES – pta

NO – Dip. & OfF.P/p

YES – pta

NO – Dip. & Off.P/p

COLOMBIA NONE – 30 days

NO – Dip. & Off. P/p

NONE – 30 days
COMOROS YES – pta YES
CONGO YES – pta YES
COSTA RICA NONE – 30 days NONE – 30 days
COTED’IVORIE YES – pta YES
     
CROATIA YES – poe YES
CUBA YES – pta

NO – Dip. & Off.P/p

YES

NO – Dip. & Off. P/p

CYPRUS (commonwealth) NONE NONE
CZECH & SLOVAK

FEDERAL REPUBLIC

NONE – 30 days

 

NONE – 30 days
DEM. PEOPLES REP. OF

KOREA (NORTH KOREA)

YES – pta YES
DENMARK NONE – 90 days NONE – 90 days
DJIBOUTI YES – pta YES
DOMINICA (commonwealth)

NONE

NONE
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

YES – pta

TOURIST CARD
ECUADOR

NONE – 30 days

NONE – 30 days

COUNTRY

ENTRY VISA

Foreigners arriving in Jamaica

 

VISA REQUREMENTS

Jamaicans going overseas

EGYPT

YES – pta

YES – pta
EL SALVADOR

YES – pta

NO – Dip. & Off.P/p

YES

NO – Off. & Dip. P/p

EQUATORIAL GUINEA

YES – pta

YES
ERITREA

YES – pta

 
ESTONIA

YES – poe

YES
ETHIOPIA

YES – pta

YES
FIJI (commonwealth)

NONE

NONE
FINLAND

NONE  – 90 days

NONE – 90 days
FRANCE

NONE – 30 days

YES – pta (Schengen Visa)
GABON

YES – pta

YES
GAMBIA(commonwealth)

NONE

NONE
GEORGIA

YES -poe

 
GERMANY

NONE – 90 days

YES – pta (Schengen Visa)

NO – Dip. P/p

GHANA (commonwealth)

NONE

YES – pta –US$20
GREECE

NONE – 30 days

YES – pta (Schengen Visa)
GRENADA(commonwealth)

NONE

NONE
GUATEMALA

YES – pta

YES
GUINEA

YES – pta

YES
GUINEA-BISSAU

YES – pta

YES
GUYANA (commonwealth)

NONE

NONE
HAITI

YES – pta

NONE
HONDURAS

YES – pta

YES
HONG KONG

NONE – 30 days

NONE – 30 days
HUNGARY

NONE- 30 days

NONE – 30 days
ICELAND

NONE – 90 days

NONE – 90days
INDIA (commonwealth)

NONE (Land for 10 days)

YES
INDONESIA

YES – pta

YES
ISLAMIC REP. OF IRAN

YES – pta

YES
IRAQ

YES – pta

YES

COUNTRY

ENTRY VISA

Foreigners arriving in Jamaica

 

VISA REQUREMENTS

Jamaicans going overseas

IRELAND

NONE – 90 days

NONE
ISRAEL

NONE – 90 days

NONE – 90 days
ITALY

NONE – 90 days

YES – pta (Schengen Visa)
JAPAN

NONE – 30 days

YES
JORDAN

YES – pta

YES
KAZAKHSTAN

YES – poe

YES – pta
KENYA (commonwealth)

NONE

NONE
KIRIBATI (commonwealth)

NONE

NONE
NORTH KOREA (DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC)

YES – pta

YES – pta
SOUTH KOREA (REPUBLIC OF)

NONE – 90 days

NONE – 90 days
KOSOVO

YES – poe

YES
KUWAIT

YES – pta

YES
KYRGYZSTAN

YES – poe

YES – poe
LAO PEOPLE’S DEM.REP

YES – pta

YES
LATVIA

YES – poe

YES
LEBANON

YES – pta

YES
LESOTHO (commonwealth)

NONE

NONE
LIBERIA

YES – pta

YES
LIBYAN ARAB

JAMAIHRIYA

YES – pta

YES
LIECHTENSTEIN

NONE – 90 days

NONE – 90 days
LITHUANIA

YES – poe

YES
LUXEMBOURG NONE – 90 days YES – pta (Benelux  Country)

NONE – Dip. & Off. P/p

MACEDONIA YES – poe YES
MADAGASCAR YES – pta YES
MALAWI  (commonwealth)

NONE

NONE
MALAYSIA (commonwealth)

NONE

NONE
MALDIVES (commonwealth)

NONE

NONE
MALI

YES – pta

YES
MALTA (commonwealth) NONE NONE
MICRONESIA

YES – pta

YES

COUNTRY

ENTRY VISA

Foreigners arriving in Jamaica

 

VISA REQUREMENTS

Jamaicans going overseas

MARSHALL ISLANDS

YES – pta

 
MARTINIQUE

NONE – 30 DAYS

YES
MAURITANIA

YES – pta

YES
MAURITIUS(commonwealth)

NONE

NONE
MEXICO

NONE – 90 days

NONE – Migratory Card
MOLDOVA

YES – poe

YES – pta
MONACO

NONE – 30 days

NONE – 30 days
MONGOLIA

YES – pta

YES
MONTENEGRO

YES – POE

YES
MOROCCO

YES – pta

YES
MOZAMBIQUE (commonwealth)

NONE

NONE
MYANMAR, UNION OF (formerly Burma)

YES – pta

YES
NAMIBIA(commonwealth)

NONE

YES
NAURU (commonwealth)

NONE

 
NEPAL

YES – pta

YES
NETHERLANDS

NONE – 90 days

YES – pta (Benelux Country)

NONE – Dip. & Off.P/p

Netherlands Antilles: Aruba, Bonaire

Curacao,  St. Maarten

NONE – 90 days

NONE – 14 days
NEW ZEALAND (commonwealth)

NONE

YES
NICARAGUA

YES – pta

YES
NIGER

YES – pta

YES
NIGERIA (commonwealth)

YES – pta

YES
NORWAY

NONE – 90 days

NONE – 90 days
OMAN

YES – pta

YES
PAKISTAN  (commonwealth)

YES – pta

YES
PALAU

YES – pta

YES
PANAMA NONE – 30 days NONE – 30 days
PAPUA NEW GUINEA (commonwealth)

NONE

NONE – 30 days (tourist
PARAGUAY

YES – pta

YES
PERU

YES – pta

NO – Dip. & Off.P/p

NONE

YES – Business

COUNTRY

ENTRY VISA

Foreigners arriving in Jamaica

 

VISA REQUREMENTS

Jamaicans going overseas

PHILIPPINES

YES – pta

YES
POLAND

NONE – 30 days

NONE – 30 days
PORTUGAL

NONE – 30 days

YES – pta (Schengen Visa)
QATAR

YES – pta

YES
ROMANIA

YES – poe

YES
RUSSIAN FEDERATION

NONE – 30 days

NONE – 30 days
RWANDA

YES – pta

YES
ST. KITTS AND NEVIS (commonwealth)

NONE

 

NONE

ST. LUCIA (commonwealth)

NONE

NONE
ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES (commonwealth)

NONE

NONE
INDEPENDENT STATES OF SAMOA(commonwealth)

YES – pta

 
SAN MARINO

NONE – 90 days

NONE – 90 days
SAO TOME & PRINCIPE

YES – pta

YES
SAUDI ARABIA

YES – pta

YES
SENEGAL

YES – pta

YES
SERBIA, REPUBLIC OF

YES – pta

YES
SEYCHELLES (commonwealth)

NONE

NONE
SIERRA LEONE (commonwealth) NONE NONE
SINGAPORE (commonwealth) NONE NONE
SLOVAK REPUBLIC NONE – 30 days NONE – 30 days
SLOVENIA YES – poe YES
SOLOMON ISLANDS (commonwealth)

NONE

 
SOMALIA

YES – pta

YES
SOUTH AFRICA (commonwealth)

NONE

NONE – 90 days

YES – Dip.& Off.P/p

SPAIN

NONE – 30 days

YES – pta (Schengen Visa)
SRI LANKA(commonwealth) YES – pta NONE
SUDAN

YES – pta

YES

COUNTRY

ENTRY VISA

Foreigners arriving in Jamaica

 

VISA REQUREMENTS

Jamaicans going overseas

SURINAME (commonwealth)

NONE

NONE
SWAZILAND (commonwealth)

NONE

NONE
SWEDEN

NONE – 90 days

NONE – 90 days
SWITZERLAND

NONE – 90 days

NONE – 90 days
SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC

YES – pta

YES
TAIWAN

YES – poe

YES -pta

 

 

 

TAJIKISTAN

YES – poe

YES – pta
TANZANIA(commonwealth)

NONE

NONE
THAILAND

YES – pta

YES -pta
TOGO

YES – pta

YES – pta
TONGA (commonwealth)

NONE

 
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO (commonwealth)

NONE

NONE
TUNISIA

YES – pta

YES
TURKEY

NONE – 90 days

NONE – 90 days
TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS (commonwealth)

NONE

NONE
TURKMENISTAN

YES – poe

YES – pta
TUVALU (commonwealth)

NONE

NONE
UGANDA (commonwealth)

NONE

NONE
UKRAINE

NONE – 30 days

NONE – 30 days
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

YES – pta

YES
UK OF GREAT BRITAIN & NORTHERN IRELAND (commonwealth)

NONE

YES – pta
UNITED REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA (commonwealth)

NONE

 

NONE

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

NONE – 6 months

YES – pta
URUGUAY

NONE – 30 days

NONE – 30 days
UZBEKISTAN

YES – poe

YES – pta
VANUATU (commonwealth)

NONE

NONE
VENEZUELA NONE – 30 days NONE – 30 days
VIETNAM

YES – pta

YES

COUNTRY

ENTRY VISA

Foreigners arriving in Jamaica

 

VISA REQUREMENTS

Jamaicans going overseas

YEMEN

YES – pta

NONE
YUGOSLAVIA

YES – poe

YES
ZAIRE YES – pta YES
ZAMBIA (commonwealth)

NONE

NONE
ZIMBABWE (withdrawn from commonwealth)

YES – pta

YES – pta
 

 

 

NB: There is no business visa requirement to enter Jamaica for countries with no prior visa requirement.

Commonwealth Countries requiring an entry visa.

 Commonwealth Countries that do not require an entry visa.

 

 PROCESSING OF VISA FOR THE RESPECTIVE COUNTRIES (i.e. Jamaicans & Foreign Nationals visiting these countries) CAN BE DONE THROUGH:

Spanish Embassy:        Austria, Greece, Portugal, and Spain.

Netherlands Embassy:    Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, and Netherlands Antilles.

French Embassy:         Burkina-Faso, Central Africa, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, France, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mauritania, Monaco, Senegal, St. Barthelemy,  St. Martin, Togo.

British Embassy:        Bermuda, Turks & Caicos Islands, Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, South Georgia Islands, Saint Helena, South Sandwich Islands, Pitcairn Island, British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory, Falkland Islands, Montserrat and Gibraltar.