A Guide to Entry Visas for Visitors to Jamaica

A Guide to Entry Visas for Visitors to Jamaica

A Guide to Entry Visas for Visitors to Jamaica

If you are planning a trip to Jamaica, it is important to check out the entry requirements for visitors from your home country to avoid disappointment when you reach the immigration booths.

There are different requirements for visitors dependent on your nationality, the reason for your visit and the length of your intended stay in Jamaica. So let’s get down to the details…

Jamaican Entry Visas aka Tourist Visas

Jamaica wants to protect its borders from (among other things) potential threats, overstayers and an influx of ‘rich’ foreigners setting up house and taking over the prime spots and jobs on the island.

Much the same as your own country has set their own restrictions for entry and stay, and their reasons for doing so.

As such, there are restrictions on ‘visitors’ entering the country. Plus, a limit on how long a visitor can stay once they have legally gained entry to Jamaica.

In case you are wondering who is classified as a ‘visitor’. It is someone who travels to Jamaica for tourism and recreational purposes on a short visit, with intentions of returning back to their home nation after their stay.

You may hear the word ‘tourist’ and ‘visitor’, and ‘Entry Visa’, ‘Visitors Visa’ and ‘Tourist Visa’ interchanged, but they are basically referring to the same thing.

Therefore, the first thing travellers to Jamaica need to find out is do I need an Entry Visa / Tourist Visa to enter Jamaica?’ and how long can I legally stay in Jamaica for?’

Which Nationalities do NOT need a Visa to Enter Jamaica as a Tourist / Visitor?

Okay, so let’s get to the juicy details of Entry Visas / Tourist Visas for Jamaica. Because I know you are wondering which countries do NOT need an entry visa for Jamaica and how the long the visitors from those nations can stay:

Countries List – Entry as a Tourist Visitor to Jamaica for 6 Months / 180 days

  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Botswana
  • Brunei
  • Canada
  • Cyprus
  • Dominica
  • Eswatini
  • Fiji
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • India
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • New Zealand
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Saint Helena
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • Tanzania
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turks and Caicos
  • Tuvalu
  • Vanuatu
  • Uganda
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Zambia

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Please note, Despite the PICA website stating that visitors from the countries listed above can enter Jamaica for 180 days / 6 months, this is slightly misleading. As the 6 months allowance is NOT automatically stamped in your passport on landing in Jamaica.

In my experience of flying down to Jamaica as a visitor on numerous occasions on a British passport, I only ever had my passport stamped with a date which is 90 days / 3 months, after the date of landing in the country.

(I would love to hear feedback from other nationalities about your experience and how much ‘stay’ you initially received on arrival in Jamaica on your passport ~ comment below!)

However, you are able to apply for an ‘extension of stay’ (look out for our next post for more information!) at one of the PICA offices on the island, at a cost of JA$10,000.

This should be done prior to the initial 90 days stay that is stamped in your passport running out. It generally takes 3 working days for your extension of stay to be processed. So don’t leave it until the last minute whereby you could end up overstaying in Jamaica.

Countries List – Entry as a Tourist Visitor to Jamaica for 3 Months / 90 days

  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • South Korea
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Russia
  • San Marino
  • Suriname
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey

Countries List – Entry as a Tourist Visitor to Jamaica for 1 Month / 30 days

  • Argentina
  • Austria
  • Bolivia (t)
  • China (t)
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Czech Republic (t)
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador (t)
  • Estonia (v)
  • France
  • Greece
  • Guatemala (t)
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungry (t)
  • Japan
  • Latvia (t) (v)
  • Lithuania (t) (v)
  • Monaco
  • Panama (t)
  • Paraguay (t)
  • Peru (t)
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Slovakia (t)
  • Slovenia (t) (v)
  • Spain
  • Ukraine (t)
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela

Key: (t) visa free for tourism only (v) must produce vaccination certificate for Measles, Polio and Rubella.

Countries List – Entry as a Visitor / Tourist to Jamaica – Visa required on Arrival

Visitors to Jamaica from these countries will have to pay for an Entry Visa at the port of entry on arrival in Jamaica, for a fee of US$100.00

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Cayman Islands
  • Croatia
  • Estonia
  • Georgia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kosovo
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • North Macedonia
  • Romania
  • Serbia
  • Slovenia
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uzbekistan
  • **Taiwan – additionally required to produce an ‘affidavit of identity’

Special Conditions for Entry Visa Exemption to Jamaica

Under certain conditions some visa requiring nationals are exempt for tourist visits up to 30 days, unless otherwise stated.

  • Nationals of any country with a residence permit issued by Canada or a U.S. Green Card are exempt for visits to Jamaica for up to 6 months.
  • Nationals of  Dominican Republic that are holders of a valid visa issued by Canada, United States, United Kingdom or Schengen member states.
  • Nationals of  Belarus,  Kazakhstan and  Moldova, that are holders of a valid visa issued by Canada, United States, United Kingdom or Schengen member states and who hold a proof that they are immunized against measles, rubella and polio.
  • Nationals of  Albania,  Bosnia and Herzegovina,  Montenegro,  North Macedonia and Serbia that are holders of a valid visa issued by Canada, United States or United Kingdom and who hold a proof that they are immunized against measles, rubella and polio.
  • Nationals of  Honduras that are holders of a valid visa issued by Canada or United States.
  • Nationals of  Bulgaria,  Estonia,  Latvia,  Lithuania and  Romania that are holders of a valid visa issued by Canada or United States and who hold a proof that they are immunized against measles, rubella and polio.
  • Nationals of  Croatia and  Slovenia that are holders of a valid visa issued by the United States and who hold a proof that they are immunized against measles, rubella and polio.

TOP TIP! The quickest and most up to date information about whether you need a Visa to visit Jamaica, can be found on the PICA (Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency) website. If in doubt you can check the Visa Requirements for Travel to Jamaica for your nationality.

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Visitors to Jamaica that Do Require an Entry Visa

If you do not see your country listed above, that is because you DO need a visa to travel to Jamaica as a visitor for any length of time.

The Tourist / Visitor Entry Visa needs to be applied for, and granted, prior to your arrival in Jamaica.

In these circumstances I would initially check to see if there is a Jamaican High Commission, Embassy, or Consulate based in your home country. They will have details of the required documentation, the associated fees and an application form to apply for a Jamaican Tourist Visa.

If you don’t have any of these government agencies based in your home country, you should contact the Jamaican PICA website to get more information.

Jamaican Embassies & High Commissions Around the World

DISCLAIMER: This list and the links to the associated embassies / consulates has been reproduced from information posted on an independant website: https://www.embassypages.com/jamaica and remains the property of the respective owners. Any information contained in this list is for reference purposes only and Sweet Jamaica cannot guarantee accuracy.

Jamaican Consulates around the World

DISCLAIMER: This list and the links to the associated embassies / consulates has been reproduced from information posted on an independant website: https://www.embassypages.com/jamaica and remains the property of the respective owners. Any information contained in this list is for reference purposes only and Sweet Jamaica cannot guarantee accuracy.

Further Information About Travelling to Jamaica

We have plenty of guides about Travelling to Jamaica and Transportation in Jamaica, once you have arrived.

Check out our other posts, or read the whole series on Transportation in Jamaica and Travelling to Jamaica.

Booking a Flight to Jamaica

A Guide to Sangster International Airport – Montego Bay

Club MoBay VIP Airport Lounge Review

Travelling to Jamaica as a Solo Female ~ Guest Post by ‘Travel with Zoe’

30 Tips on Driving in Jamaica as a Foreigner!

How to Rent a Vehicle in Jamaica

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2 comments

  1. Cecily

    Strangely enough just had cause to check my passport stamp yesterday. I arrived from the UK on a British passport in January; my passport has only been stamped up to April ie 180 days. I will probably leave and return to Barbados where I have dual citizenship, and return after a month or so.


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      Jules

      Hi Cecily!

      So good to hear from you again and thank you for taking the time to comment on your experiences!

      Ah! I see you have also noticed that you don’t have your UK (commonwealth) passport stamped for the full six month allowance on arrival in Jamaica!

      (I think you may have had a little mistype above, I believe that you have had your passport stamped for 3 months / 90 days, if you landed in January and have been stamped until April.)

      As a British citizen, or a Barbadian Citizen for that matter, you are able to go to the PICA (Kingston or Montego Bay) office to apply for an ‘Extension of Stay’.

      This will take your initial 30 day visitors (3 month) allowance to 6 months (90 days), at a cost of JA$10,000.

      The Immigration Officers will ask the reason for the extension and may want some proof of how you are supporting yourself financially over here.

      The Immigration Officers at PICA generally approve these extensions without too much fuss, as you have already gained ‘legal entry’ to Jamaica and as a commonwealth citizen you are allowed up to 6 months entry as a visitor anyway.

      It takes up to 3 working days to process and will save you having the inconvenience and cost of packing up and leaving only to return shortly afterwards… to have to explain yourself again to Immigration.

      I guess, if you prefer, you could leave Jamaica for a short trip to Barbados and return back to the island. But, I would imagine that when you land back in Jamaica, the Immigration Officials at the airport would take interest in the fact that you have recently left (there is a question on the landing card, ‘have you travelled to Jamaica in the last 6 weeks) and are returning again so soon.

      You will probably find that they will ask you similar questions, as you would of been asked at PICA, but they may be stricter. So you will need to clarify the reason for your re-entry to the island and have proof of how you will support yourself for your stay.

      Plus, if the Immigration Officers DO allow you to re-enter Jamaica, you will only get another 90 days stamped in your passport anyway!

      In my mind, it is probably much easier to apply for an ‘Extension of Stay’ at PICA prior to the initial 90 day stamp running out in April. If you do get an extension, your passport will be stamped until July 2019. In the meantime that will give you plenty of time to regularise your stay and work out your next move!

      Good Luck with it all!

      Have a blessed day, Jules x

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