JAMAICA TRAVEL GUIDE

INTRODUCTION

Jamaica, a Caribbean island nation, has a lush topography of mountains, rainforests and reef-lined beaches. Many of its all-inclusive resorts are clustered in Montego Bay, with its British-colonial architecture, and Negril, known for its diving and snorkelling sites. Jamaica is famed as the birthplace of reggae music, and its capital Kingston is home to the Bob Marley Museum, dedicated to the famous singer.

 

Bob Marley and the Blue Mountains, reggae and Rastafarian, soft sands and strong sun – this is what the paradise island called Jamaica is all about. But the real charm of Jamaica lies in its people: warm and friendly. Vibrant and vivacious with ready smiles, the Jamaicans will welcome you with the warm hospitality that is characteristic of the Caribbean islands.

COVID-19 TRAVEL STATUS

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Jamaica has reopened its borders to international travelers.All travelers arriving to Jamaica are subject to medical screening upon arrival.Non-residents must have a travel authorization obtained before departure at https://www.visitjamaica.com/Jamaican residents must have a travel authorization obtained before departure at https://jamcovid19.moh.gov.jm/immigration.htmlAll travelers arriving in Jamaica may be tested for COVID-19 if assessed as high-risk as a result of exhibiting symptoms, exposure to persons who have tested positive, belonging to a high-risk group or other risk factors. Travelers will be screened for symptoms at the airport.All travelers arriving in Jamaica will be subject to the following quarantine requirements:Category 1: Jamaican nationals and non-nationals ordinarily resident in Jamaica - may be subject to testing if assessed as high-risk and are required to remain in quarantine at home for 14 days from their date of entry to Jamaica. If the test is positive, they will be isolated either at home or in a government facility as determined by the health authorities.Category 2: Non-residents visiting Jamaica for tourism purposes and staying at approved “resilient corridor” accommodation - may be tested at the airport or a designated facility, and would wait for the results in travelers hotel rooms. If the test is negative, they would remain at their hotel/resort within the “resilient corridor” and restricted to property under the “Stay in Resilient Corridor” measure. If the test is positive, they would be isolated either at the hotel/resort or in a government facility as determined by the health authorities. Details of ‘resilient corridor’ accommodation can be found on the “Quarantine for Business Traveller” measure at their hotel/intended address. If the test is negative, they would be released from quarantine and be under a “Stay at Intended Address for Business Travellers” measure for a period of 14 days from their date of entry to Jamaica or for the duration of their stay if shorter than 14 days. If the test is positive, they would be isolated either at their hotel/intended address or in a government facility as determined by the health authorities.Category 4: Non-residents visiting Jamaica for other purposes including tourists not staying within the “resilient corridor” - travelers who are not required to pre-test may be required to be tested at the airport or other designated facility, if assessed by the health authorities as high-risk. They will then wait for their test results under quarantine at their hotel/intended address. Whether they need to be tested or not, travelers need to remain in quarantine at home for 14 days from the date of entry to Jamaica. If travelers needed to be tested and the test is negative, they must remain in quarantine at home for 14 days from the date of entry to Jamaica. If the test is positive, travelers will be isolated either at home or in a government facility as determined by the health authorities.

 

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  • Capital: Kingston
  • Currency: Jamaican Dollar (JMD)
  • Area: 10,991km²
  • Population: 2,935 million (2018)
  • Language: English (official), Jamaican Creole
  • Religion: 92.3% Protestant, 12.1% Roman Catholic, 8.6% Hindu, 4.2% Jewish, 2.7% Muslim, 0.8% Athiest
  • Electricity: 110V, 50Hz (USA Plug)
 

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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

  • 23 May, Labor Day*
  • 1 August, Emancipation Day**
  • 6 August, Independence Day**
  • 3rd Monday in October, National Heroes’ Day
  • 26 December, Boxing Day

* Observed on the following Monday if it falls on a Saturday or Sunday.

** Observed on the following Monday if it falls on a Sunday

Also, Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, Easter, and Easter Monday.

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WEATHER SYNOPSIS

In Jamaica, peak temperatures occur during summer months of June to September while the coolest temperatures occur during winter between December through March. The Northern portions of the island tend to be exposed to colder temperatures from occasional surges of cool air from continental North America during fall and winter months. There exists a dry season between December through March and a rainy season between April through November which are divided into early rainfall and late rainfall seasons. There exists a mid-summer minimum around July that separates early and late wet seasons. Most of Jamaica’s rainfall occurs during the wet season (May and October) and experiences its driest conditions in February and March.

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Most destinations have different times of the year when they’re more or less popular with tourists. 

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SPORT & ACTIVITIES

HIKE & CYCLE:

Outdoor activities in Jamaica are best enjoyed during the drier months from December to April, with February and March having the best weather. It is best to avoid the wettest months of May to June and September to October.

BEACH:

Although you can visit the stunning beaches of Jamaica at any time of the year, the dry season from December to April is by far better. June to November can be rather wet, with heavy storms and hurricanes.

WIND:

The windy kitesurfing season in Jamaica is from November to May. Although you can get favourable conditions during July and August, this is hurricane season and can be rather dangerous.

SURFING:

Jamaica has some great and consistent surf all year round. The best surf is usually from December to March and then again from July to September.

 
 

HEALTH

Be aware of possible health risks in 

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Zika Virus - Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects. There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.

Dengue - Dengue is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. About one in four people infected with dengue will get sick. For people who get sick with dengue, symptoms can be mild or severe.

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