Visas

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Everyone travelling to Jamaica must present a valid and approved travel document as evidence of their identity and nationality. The most common and preferred travel document is a passport, but other types of travel documents may also be accepted.

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Travel documents required for all other travellers are:

  • a valid passport or other acceptable travel document
  • a valid visa or authority to enter Jamaica (including work permit, student permit, temporary permit)
  • a completed and signed Immigration Landing Card

Anyone who arrives without a valid travel document, visa or authority to enter Jamaica, may be refused entry to Jamaica or delayed until their identity and claims to enter Jamaica have been confirmed.

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

Other acceptable travel documents
A small number of travellers may have other types of travel documents which are also acceptable for travel to Jamaica.

The travel documents must be issued by a recognised authority, MUST HAVE A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE BEAREAR and provide the holder with a re-entry authority to the country of issue, or an entry authority to another country. Holders of these documents GENERALLY REQUIRE a visa.

Other TYPES OF DOCUMENTS WHICH ARE acceptable TO JAMAICA include:

  • Document of Identity (if holder is not a Jamaican citizen then a visa might be required); see list of visa countries
  • Certificate of Identity
  • Laissez Passer
  • Documents issued to refugees
  • ‘Kinderausweis’ issued to German minors
  • Military documents for military personnel travelling by air; whether Military passport on I.D
  • Seamans certificate if travelling by sea

Citizens with passport issued by following countries will be issued with Visa on arrival:
Albania
Armenia
Azerbaijan
Belarus
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Bulgaria
Croatia
Czech & Slovak
Estonia
Georgia
Hungary
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Latvia
Lithuania
Macedonia
Moldova
Poland
Romania
Serbia & Montenegro
Slovenia
Taiwan
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
Ukraine
Uzbekistan
Yugoslavia
**Some countries are allowed to travel to Jamaica without Visas for vacation purposes. These are only for a period of thirty (30) to ninety (90) days:

Thirty (30) days
Brazil
China
Costa Rica
Colombia
Czech Republic
Denmark
Ecuador
France
Greece
Hong Kong
Hungary
Japan
Martinique
Monaco
Panama
Poland
Portugal
Russian Federation
Slovak Republic
Spain
South Korea
Ukraine
Uruguay
Venezuela

Ninety (90) days
Austria
Belgium
Chile
Denmark
Finland
Germany
Iceland
Ireland
Israel
Italy
South Korea
Liechtenstein
Luxembourg
Mexico
Kingdom of the Netherlands
Norway
San Marino
Sweden
Switzerland
Turkey
United States of America

Following nationals require visa prior to arrival:
Afghanistan
Algeria
Angola
Bahrain
Benin
Bhutan
Bolivia
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cambodia
Cameroon
Central African Republic
Chad
China
Colombia - waiver in effect
Comoros
Congo
Cote D’ivoire
Cuba
Dem. peoples Republic of Korea (North Korea)
Djibouti
Dominican Republic
Egypt
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Gabon
Guatemala
Guinea
Haiti
Honduras
Indonesia
Islamic Republic of Iran
Iraq
Jordan
Kuwait
Lao Peoples Dem. Rep
Lebanon
Liberia
Libyan Aram Jamahiriya
Madagascar
Mali
Marshall Islands
Mauritania
Micronesia
Mongolia
Morocco
Myanmar
El Salvador
Nepal
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
Oman
Pakistan
El Salvador
Palau
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Qatar
Samoa
Sao Tome & Principle
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Somalia
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Syrian Aran Republic
Thailand
Togo
Tunisia
United Arab Emirates
Vietnam
Yemen

Visitthe PICA (Passport Immigration Citizens Agency) website to learn how to apply for a visitor’s visa.

You can also apply for extension of stay while you are in Jamaica.

Business Personnel and Students
All foreign nationals wishing to travel to Jamaica as visitors to work, to attend school, on business or to seek medical attention must first apply for entry visa through the Embassy of Jamaica or Consulates.

For more information on visa application to Jamaica, visit http://jamaicanconsulatechicago.org/visas/

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