Visitor Information

  • All Emergencies – 119
  • Cornwall Regional Hospital – 952-5100
  • Montego Bay Hope Type Health Centre – 979-5100
  • MoBay Hope Medical Diagnostic Centre – 953-3981
  • Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce – 952-6045

Electrical System

Jamaica runs on 110 volts, 50 Hz standard, with 220 volts available at some hotels.

Language

The official language is English

Entry Requirements

All US citizens need a valid passport. Canadians should carry valid passports; however they may substitute certificates of Canadian citizenship bearing photographs, along with official birth certificates and original documents to prove any name change. British subjects need a passport. Japanese visitors need a passport, with a visa for any stay over 90 days.

Tax – Free Status

Through a 1981 treaty with the US, expenses for a meeting or convention are tax deductible.

Taxes

A 16.5 percent general consumption tax (GCT) is levied on specific goods and services. The airport departure tax is Jid=”mce_marker”000, subject to change.

Telecommunications

Jamaica’s modern networks connect with the world easily. Look for internet cafés and storefronts island wide to rent or buy cell phones, SIM cards and minutes. Foreign carriers roam here; rates may be higher.

Time Zone

Jamaicans set their clocks to GMT-5, same as US EST, but do not observe daylight saving time.

Driving

Remember to drive on the left. Speed limit is 50km (30mph) in built-up areas; 80km (50mph) on highways. Drivers must carry a valid Drivers license.

PASSPORT, IMMIGRATION & CITIZENS INFORMATION

www.pica.gov.jm
info@pica.gov.jm
876 752 4742

WORK PERMIT INFORMATION

www.mlss.gov.jm
customerservice@mlss.gov.jm
876 922 9500-14

CUSTOMS INFORMATION

www.jacustoms.gov.jm
public.relations@jacustoms.gov.jm
876 922 5140 or 888 287 8667