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 Labour 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 Labour 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.

Visa Fees

COUNTRY PARTICULARS FEE US$

ANDORRA

Visa also obtainable at port of entry

20

AFGHANISTAN Referral Necessary 30
ALBANIA Visa also obtainable at port of entry 20
ALGERIA   10
ANGOLA   30
ANTIGUA/BARBUDA Commonwealth (No Visa) 00
ARGENTINA No Visa up to 30 days for Tourism 30
ARMENIA Visa also obtainable at port of entry 20
AUSTRALIA Commonwealth (No Visa) 00
AUSTRIA No Visa up to 90 days for Tourism 38
AZERBAIJAN Visa also obtainable at port of entry 20
BAHAMAS Commonwealth (No Visa) 00
BAHRAIN   20
BANGLADESH Commonwealth (No Visa) 00
BARBADOS Commonwealth (No Visa) 00
BELARUS Visa also obtainable at port of entry 20
BELGIUM No Visa up to 90 days for Tourism 38
BELIZE Commonwealth (No Visa) 00
BENIN   20
BHUTAN   20
BOLIVIA   50
BOSNIA/HERZEGOVINA Visa also obtainable at port of entry 20
BOTSWANA Commonwealth (No Visa) 00
BRAZIL No Visa up to 30 days for Tourism 60
BRUNEI DARUSSALAM Commonwealth (No Visa) 00
BULGARIA Visa also obtainable at port of entry 20
BURKINA FASO   20
BURUNDI   15
CAMBODIA   35
CAMEROON   20
CANADA Commonwealth (No Visa) 00
CAPE VERDE   13
CAYMAN   102.40
CENTRAL AFR. REP   60
CHAD   6
CHILE No Visa up to 30 days for Tourism GRATIS
CHINA   25
COLUMBIA   10
CONGO   70
COSTA RICA No Visa up to 30 days for Tourism 20
CROATIA Visa also obtainable at port of entry 20
CUBA   35
CYPRUS Commonwealth (No Visa) 00
CZECH REP Visa also obtainable at port of entry 20
DENMARK No Visa up to 90 days for Tourism 38
DJIBOUTI   30
DOMINICA Commonwealth (No Visa) 00
DOMINICAN REP   10
ECUADOR No Visa up to 30 days for Tourism 50
EGYPT   25
EL SALVADOR   30
EQUATORIAL GUINEA   50
ERITREA   25
ESTONIA Visa also obtainable at port of entry 20
ETHIOPIA   70
FIJI No Visa up to 90 days for Tourism. 00
FINLAND No Visa up to 90 days for Tourism 38
FRANCE No Visa up to 30 days for Tourism 38
GABON   50
GAMBIA Commonwealth (No Visa) 00
GEORGIA Visa also obtainable at port of entry 20
GERMANY No Visa up to 90 days for Tourism 38
GHANA Commonwealth (No Visa) 00
GREECE No Visa up to 30 days for Tourism 38
GRENADA Commonwealth (No Visa) 00
GUINEA   25
GUINEA-BISSAU   45
GUATEMALA   10
GUYANA Commonwealth (No Visa) 00
HAITI   18
HONG KONG   25
HONDURAS   20
HUNGARY Visa also obtainable at port of entry 20
ICELAND No Visa up to 90 days for Tourism 38
INDIA Commonwealth (No Visa) 00
INDONESIA   25
IRAN   3.50
IRAQ   3.50
REP OF IRELAND Nationals are treated as Commonwealth citizens for immigration purposes 00
ISRAEL No Visa up to 90 days for Tourism 13
ITALY No Visa up to 90 days for Tourism 38
IVORY COAST   25
JAPAN No Visa up to 30 days for Tourism 28
JORDAN   28
KAZAKHSTAN Visa also obtainable at port of entry 20
KENYA Commonwealth (No Visa) 00
KIRIBATI Commonwealth (No Visa) 00
KOREA (NORTH)   30
KOREA (REP OF) No Visa up to 90 days for Tourism 30
Kosovo Visa obtainable at port of entry 20
KUWAIT   20
KYRGYZSTAN Visa also obtainable at port of entry 20
LAOS   35
LATVIA Visa also obtainable at port of entry 20
LEBANON   20
LESOTHO Commonwealth (No Visa) 00
LIBERIA   40
LIBYA   7
LIECHTENSTEIN No Visa up to 90 days for Tourism 38
LITHUANIA Visa also obtainable at port of entry 25
LUXEMBOURG No Visa up to 90 days for Tourism 38
MACEDONIA Visa also obtainable at port of entry 20
MADAGASCAR   74.50
MALAWI Commonwealth (No Visa) 00
MALAYSIA Commonwealth (No Visa) 00
MALDIVES Commonwealth (No Visa) 00
MALI   20
MALTA Commonwealth (No Visa) 00
MARSHALL ISLANDS   50
MAURITANIA   10
MAURITIUS Commonwealth (No Visa) 00
MEXICO No Visa up to 90 days for Tourism 71
MICRONESIA   10
MOLDOVA Visa also obtainable at port of entry 20
MONACO No Visa up to 30 days for Tourism 00
MONGOLIA   45
MOROCCO   15
MOZAMBIQUE Commonwealth (No Visa) 00
MYANMAR   30
NAMIBIA Commonwealth (No Visa) 00
NAURU Commonwealth (No Visa) 00
NEPAL   15
NETHERLANDS No Visa up to 90 days for Tourism 38
NEW ZEALAND Commonwealth (No Visa) 00
NICARAGUA   25
NIGER   35
NIGERIA* Referral Necessary 20
NORWAY No Visa up to 90 days for Tourism 38
OMAN   9
PAKISTAN Referral Necessary GRATIS
PALAU   50
PALESTINE   20
PANAMA   32
PAPUA NEW GUINEA Commonwealth (No Visa) 00
PARAGUAY   8
PERU   27
PHILIPPINES   25
POLAND Visa also obtainable at port of entry 20
PORTUGAL No Visa up to 30 days for Tourism 38
QATAR   33
REUNION   20
ROMANIA Visa also obtainable at port of entry 20
RUSSIAN FEDERATION Visa also obtainable at port of entry 20
RWANDA   30
SAMOA   47
SAMOA (WESTERN)   20
SAN MARINO No Visa up to 90 days for Tourism 20
SAO TOME & PRINCIPE   20
SAUDI ARABIA   54
SCOTLAND Commonwealth (No Visa) 00
SENEGAL   27
SERBIA & MONTENEGRO Visa also obtainable at port of entry 20
SIERRA LEONE  Commonwealth (No Visa) 00
SEYCHELLES Commonwealth (No Visa) 00
SINGAPORE Commonwealth (No Visa) 00
SLOVAK REP. Visa also obtainable at port of entry 20
SLOVENIA Visa also obtainable at port of entry 20
SOLOMON ISLANDS Commonwealth (No Visa) 00
SOMALIA   30
SOUTH AFRICA Commonwealth (No Visa) 00
ST KITTS/NEVIS Commonwealth (No Visa) 00
ST LUCIA Commonwealth (No Visa) 00
ST VINCENT/GREN. Commonwealth (No Visa) 00
SUDAN   49
SPAIN No Visa up to 30 days for Tourism 38
SRI LANKA Referral Necessary GRATIS
SURINAME   30
SWAZILAND Commonwealth (No Visa) 00
SWEDEN No Visa up to 90 days for Tourism 38
SWITZERLAND No Visa up to 90 days for Tourism 38
SYRIA   16.50
TAIWAN Affidavit of Identity Required 40
TAJIKSTAN Visa also obtainable at port of entry 20
TANZANIA Commonwealth (No Visa) 00
THAILAND   20
TOGO   10
TOKELAU   50
TONGA   40
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO Commonwealth (No Visa) 00
TUNISIA   15
TURKEY No Visa up to 90 days for Tourism 38
TURKMENISTAN Visa also obtainable at port of entry 20
TUVALU Commonwealth (No Visa) 00
UGANDA Commonwealth (No Visa) 00
UKRAINE Visa also obtainable at port of entry 20
UNITED ARAB EMIRATE   7
UNITED KINGDOM Commonwealth (No Visa) 00
URUGUAY No Visa up to 30 days for Tourism 6.50
USA Students and work visas 140
UZBEKISTAN Visa also obtainable at port of entry 20
VANUATU Commonwealth (No Visa) 00
VENEZUELA No Visa up to 14 days for Tourism 25
VIET NAM   40
YEMEN   50
ZAIRE   20
ZAMBIA Commonwealth (No Visa) 00
ZIMBABWE Withdrawal from Commonwealth effective Jan 1, 2007 100

*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
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
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS UNITED KINGDOM