Jamaica

Capital Kingston

Population 2,723,246

Area 10,991 km2

Key facts

Jamaica is a country located in Caribbean. The country has no land neighbors.

English is an official language in Jamaica. It means that if you speak it, you would be able to communicate with almost everyone. If not, it is highly recommended that you acquire some basic English before traveling to Jamaica.

The national currency in Jamaica is Jamaican dollar (JMD). The dollar (J$) is subdivided into 100 cent (c).

With today's currency rate, 1 EUR is worth 149.27 JMD and 1 USD is worth 151.98 JMD.

Jamaican
Banknotes

$50$100$500$1000$1$2$5$10$20$5000

Jamaican
Coins

25c$1$5$10$201c5c10c50c

Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in Jamaica is 50.37 Mbps and mobile is 50.49 Mbs.The global average is 139.19 Mbps and 77.74 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density The number of ATMs per person in Jamaica is close to the world average.39.70 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 41.24.

SIM Registration In order to purchase a SIM card in Jamaica, a passport or ID is required as identification.

Socket types

There are 2 socket types used in Jamaica. Type A & Type B are widespread in North America (incl. the U.S.), Central America, Japan, and the Philippines.

Type A 110 V, 50 Hz  Type B 110 V, 50 Hz  

The sockets' shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Public holidays

In the year 2022, Jamaica will celebrate 10 national public holidays. The next one National Heroes Day will take place on October 16.

DateHoliday name
January 1, 2022New Year's DayNew Year's Day
March 2, 2022Moving holidayAsh WednesdayAsh Wednesday
April 15, 2022Moving holidayGood FridayGood Friday
April 18, 2022Moving holidayEaster MondayEaster Monday
May 23, 2022Labour DayLabour Day
August 1, 2022Emancipation DayEmancipation Day
August 6, 2022Moving holidayIndependence DayIndependence Day
October 16, 2022National Heroes DayNational Heroes Day
December 25, 2022Christmas DayChristmas Day
December 26, 2022St. Stephen's DayBoxing Day

Food & Hotels

What hotel chains are present in Jamaica?

There are no Mariott hotels in Jamaica.

The Hilton hotel chain operates in Jamaica.

The IHG hotel chain operates in Jamaica.

There are no Best Western hotels in Jamaica.

There are no Radisson hotels in Jamaica.

There are no Accor hotels in Jamaica.

What fast food chains are present in Jamaica?

Ackee and Saltfish, Jamaican patty are some of the most well-known delicacies to come out of Jamaica. If none of these foods appeal to you, check out the list of fast-food restaurants in Jamaica below.

The McDonald's chain does not operate in Jamaica.

The KFC chain operates in Jamaica.

The Burger King chain operates in Jamaica.

The Subway chain operates in Jamaica.

The Domino's Pizza chain does not operate in Jamaica.

The Starbucks chain does not operate in Jamaica.

Weather

Today the sun in Kingston, rises at 5:57 AM and sets at 5:53 PM. The climate of Kingston may be categorized as a equatorial savanna (Aw), according to Koppen's classification system.
TodayOct 5Rain showersLow: 25.2°C (77.36°F)High: 32.8°C (91.04°F)
ThursdayOct 6ThunderstormLow: 25.4°C (77.72°F)High: 32.2°C (89.96°F)
FridayOct 7Rain showersLow: 25.7°C (78.26°F)High: 32.8°C (91.04°F)
SaturdayOct 8OvercastLow: 24.4°C (75.92°F)High: 32.1°C (89.78°F)
SundayOct 9Partly cloudlyLow: 24.5°C (76.1°F)High: 32.2°C (89.96°F)
MondayOct 10Partly cloudlyLow: 24.3°C (75.74°F)High: 31.1°C (87.98°F)

Weather data for Kingston (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are no passenger trains available.

Subway Systems There is no subway system in any city.

Taxi Apps Uber is available only in one city: Kingston, Jamaica. Bolt is not available in Jamaica.

Car Rental Avis , Sixt , Hertz are all available in Jamaica.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 3.2, Jamaica is placed 113th out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In Jamaica traffic is left-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  20.00 thefts per 100,000 people in 2020.The global average is 544.

Road Traffic Casualties 15.10 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.71.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 3: Reconsider travel. 

Emergency phones in Jamaica

119 Police
110 Ambulance
110 Fire police

Sources

Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban Smoking is forbidden in all public indoor locations, with limited exceptions.

Cananbis legality Recreational usage: Decriminalized up to 2oz (57 grams). Legal for Rastafari.
Medical usage: Legal

The products are only for your own use or consumption, or as a present for members of your household. They may not be imported for commercial purposes under any circumstances.

Alcohol allowance

  • 2L of alcoholic beverages

Tobacco allowance

  • 200 cigarettes,50 cigars or 230 grams of tobacco

Visa

What are visa requirements to enter Jamaica?

Currently, citizens of 121 countries can enter Jamaica without obtaining a visa. This figure includes nationals who can acquire a visa on arrival.

Use the list below to check visa requirements for your country to enter Jamaica.

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