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).





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 No data available.

ATM Density The number of ATMs per person in Jamaica is close to the world average.39.69 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 39.49.

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 2024, Jamaica will celebrate 10 national public holidays. The next one Emancipation Day will take place on August 1.

Date Holiday name
January 1, 2024 New Year’s DayNew Year’s Day
February 14, 2024Moving holiday Ash WednesdayAsh Wednesday
March 29, 2024Moving holiday Good FridayGood Friday
April 1, 2024Moving holiday Easter MondayEaster Monday
May 23, 2024 Labour DayLabour Day
August 1, 2024 Emancipation DayEmancipation Day
August 6, 2024Moving holiday Independence DayIndependence Day
October 16, 2024 National Heroes DayNational Heroes Day
December 25, 2024 Christmas DayChristmas Day
December 26, 2024 St. Stephen’s DayBoxing Day


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?

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.


What is the weather like in Kingston?

Today the sun in Kingston, rises at 5:32 AM and sets at 6:45 PM. The climate of Kingston may be categorized as a equatorial savanna (Aw), according to Koppen’s classification system.

TodayJun 18ThunderstormLow: 24.5°C (76.1°F)High: 31.5°C (88.7°F)
WednesdayJun 19Rain showersLow: 25.1°C (77.18°F)High: 31.3°C (88.34°F)
ThursdayJun 20OvercastLow: 24.9°C (76.82°F)High: 32.6°C (90.68°F)
FridayJun 21Rain showersLow: 26.3°C (79.34°F)High: 32.4°C (90.32°F)
SaturdayJun 22Rain showersLow: 26.1°C (78.98°F)High: 32.2°C (89.96°F)
SundayJun 23ThunderstormLow: 26.1°C (78.98°F)High: 31.5°C (88.7°F)

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


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.


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 16.74.

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

Emergency phones in Jamaica

119 Police
110 Ambulance
110 Fire police


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
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