Travel To Jamaica From The US: Jamaica Travel Requirements

Jun 20, 2022

8 min read

Now that the Coronavirus pandemic has died down, citizens from the USA are looking to enjoy international travel to Jamaica. Perhaps you want to visit Jamaican inclusive resorts or enjoy the crystalline turquoise waters in the mountains of Ocho Rios.

The Jamaican Caribbean island has finally lifted the travel restrictions, which means citizens traveling to Jamaica do not have to complete the Jamaican Travel Authorization Form.

In this post, we'll cover everything you need to know about traveling to Jamaica from the US. In addition, I will cover information such as if you need a visa, the COVID-19 entry requirements, and the required documents to visit Jamaica.

Here's what you need to know:

Do You Need A Visa To Travel To Jamaica From The US?

Now that you have your plans in place, you realize that you maybe need a visa to visit Jamaica from the US. Although all international travelers need a passport to visit Jamaica, some citizens enjoy visa-free travel. In this section, I will describe if US citizens and permanent residents need a visa to visit Jamaica from the US.

Do US Citizens Need A Visa To Travel To Jamaica?

Although US citizens need a passport to travel to Jamaica, US citizens enjoy visa-free travel to Jamaica for 90 days. However, US citizens are still required to provide some travel documents.

Do US Green Card Holders Need A Visa To Travel To Jamaica?

The other question is do you need to apply for a visa if you are a US Green Card Holder. You might think that you do not have to apply for a Jamaican Visa because you are a US permanent resident. However, it all depends on your country of origin and your passport.

Let me explain by using an example. Perhaps you are a US Green Card Holder, but your country of origin is Djibouti. In that case, you must apply for a Jamaican Visa because Djibouti citizens do not enjoy visa-free travel to Jamaica. You can head over to the Jamaican Government website to determine which countries need to apply for a visa and the entry visa requirements.

What Are The Required Documents To Travel To Jamaica From The US?

Now that you have determined if you need a visa or not, we can talk about the required documents you will need. As I mentioned before, US citizens do not have to apply for a Jamaican Visa. Still, they are required to present the following documents:

Do US Citizens Need A Passport To Go To Jamaica?

A passport is always required for international aviation travel. As a result, individuals and minors flying to Jamaica must have a valid passport book. Furthermore, while there is no requirement for a tourist visa to visit Jamaica for up to 90 days, you must have confirmation of return. This can be a return ticket or a flight schedule that must be presented to immigration officers.

Although everyone must have a passport to reach Jamaica by plane, there are several exclusions when traveling by cruise liner.

If you're interested in taking a closed-loop trip, you're in luck. Assume you're an American citizen on a closed-loop cruise. In such a situation, all you need is a copy of your birth certificate and a government-issued photo ID or your Enhanced Driver's License to fly (EDL). Remember to return to the same US port from where you departed on a closed-loop cruise.

Please feel free to check out our Jamaican passport guide for more information.

What Are The COVID-19 Entry Requirements When Traveling To Jamaica From The US?

As I mentioned earlier, entry restrictions have been lifted for Jamaica. With that being said, there are some entry requirements that you must know before traveling to Jamaica. Remember that the entry requirements can change without notice, so please keep updated with the Jamaican COVID-19 restrictions and requirements.

What Are The COVID-19 Entry Requirements To Enter Jamaica?

The Jamaican Government lifted the travel restrictions in April 16,2022. Therefore, you do not have to provide a negative COVID-19 test result. However, although you are not required to be vaccinated, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises you to be vaccinated before traveling internationally.

Please make sure that you complete the immigration/customs C5 card online. This is just to ensure faster processing when arriving at the border. Alternatively, you can complete the form in-flight if you haven't done so before departing from the US.

What Are The COVID-19 Entry Requirements When Returning To The US?

Suppose you are a US citizen and returning to the US. In that case, you do not have to show proof of vaccination, a negative COVID-19 test, or proof of recovery. This is because the CDC lifted the entry requirements for US citizens returning to the US on the 12th of June, 2022. However, if you are a non-US citizen or non-US immigrant, you must provide the following:

  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination
  • Proof of recovery

Please ensure to keep updated with the latest COVID-19 information before traveling. The COVID-19 restrictions can change without notice, so please use the following recourses for the most recent travel restrictions and exceptions.

Are There Any Quarantine Requirements In Jamaica?

Depending on travel, you might be asked to quarantine at your entry point for 14 days. Let's say perhaps you test positive for COVID-19 while in Jamaica. Then you will be compelled to isolate yourself for up to 10 days at your residence or at a government facility. According to the restrictions of your country of destination and the airlines, you may be removed from isolation by a medical professional to leave the island before the isolation time finishes.

Suppose you are returning to the United States. In that case, you may be freed from isolation after 5 days if you are asymptomatic or have minimal symptoms that are improving.

Important note: Head over to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for updated and detailed COVID-19 statistics in Jamaica.

What Can I Expect When Arriving At The Jamaican Border?

Now that you are all set to go to Jamaica, you probably wonder what you can expect when arriving at the Jamaican border. When arriving in Jamaica, the first thing you will do is present your passport. Then, the Jamaican border patrol officer will look at it and ask you for the rest of your documents.

You might be asked to present additional information, such as a bank statement, to prove that you can support yourself while in Jamaica. The easiest way is to access your online banking platform and download a digital bank statement. After you present all your documents, the border patrol officer will stamp your passport. Then you are on your way to enjoying the Caribbean island.

Is Jamaica Safe To Travel To?

According to the Jamaican Government and the US Government Department of State travel advisory website, the following areas are considered high-risk due to violent crimes:

  • Claredon Parish
  • Hanover Parish
  • Kingston and St. Andrew Parish
  • Montego Bay
  • St. Ann Parish
  • St. Catherine Parish
  • St. James Parish
  • Westmoreland Parish

Unfortunately, the local police do not have the resources to respond effectively to crimes. Therefore, please be vigilant and wary when traveling in Jamaica as a disclaimer. I also advise that you do not travel with your credit card and leave cash in a safe before going out.

Please check out the Jamaica Tourist Board website for updated information and the latest news.

What You Need To Know When You Visit Jamaica?

Now that you know the COVID-19 entry requirements and if you need a visa to visit Jamaica, let's talk about some fun stuff. If you are looking for fun tourist attractions, you are again in the right place. Here is a list of the best things to do when you visit Jamaica:

  • Dolphin encounter in Ocho Rios
  • Rastasafari experience on an ATV tour
  • Party cruise with snorkeling on Dunn's river falls
  • Horse rides
  • Zipline tours
  • Bamboo and river rafting

These activities mentioned above are only a handful of activities you can expect when visiting Jamaica. Remember that you always check the updated COVID-19 information before booking your trip.

Written By: Armando Du Preez
Fact Checked By: Richard Nathan

Frequently Asked Questions

Can You Use Public Transportation In Jamaica?

There are various restrictions on the number of people who can ride in taxis and other modes of public transportation. Please visit the Jamaica Tourist Board for additional information on Jamaica's COVID-19-related transportation restrictions.

Do You Need To Wear A Face Mask In Jamaica?

Everyone over the age of two, including passengers and workers, should wear a well-fitting mask or respirator in indoor areas of public transportation (such as airplanes, trains, buses, and ferries) and transportation hubs (such as airports, stations, and seaports), especially in crowded or poorly ventilated areas such as airport jetways.

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