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Jamaica uses 110V, 50Hz with sockets and plugs Type A and Type B.
The languages that are typically spoken are English
Jamaica uses the Jamaican dollar (symbol: $), code JMD.Banknotes come in denominations of 5000, 1000, 500, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 dollars. Dollar is subdivided into 100 cents. Coins come in denominations of 20, 10, 5 and 1 dollars and 50, 25, 10 and 1 cents.
Automatic teller machines are common in Jamaica. You can usually find them in both large & small cities.You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.
Internet speed in Jamaica is on average 6.0 Mbps. WiFi coverage in Jamaica is low. It is not as easy to find one.
You can buy a SIM card for about 2,922.01 JMD, which includes 1 GB of data plan. You can choose from 2 telecoms: Digicel or Flow. Jamaica uses GSM mobile networks GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800 and GSM 1900. If you don't want to buy SIM card in Jamaica upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.
To call Jamaica, dial +, then 1 876 (the country code for Jamaica), then the area code (without the initial 1) and the local number. For local calls within Jamaica, start with the area code (with the initial 1). In the case above area code is 876 .
In Jamaica you drive on the left side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick). Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 50 km/h (31 mph) in all built-up areas, 80 km/h (49 mph) on undivided highways, 80-110 km/h (49-68 mph) on motorways and 80-110 km/h (49-68 mph) on expressways.
Import and export information
All items on the prohibited import list.
Animals and animal products.
Plant and plant products.
Rocks, stones, and soil.
Protected species and products protected under CITES require a permit for export.
Tobacco:50 cigars; or
Tobacco:230 grams of processed tobacco.
Other items:170mL perfume.
Other items:340 mL eau de toilette.
Other items:Personal effects which do not exceed US$500 in value.
Indecent and obscene prints, paintings, films, and other media.
All publications of de Laurence Scott and Company of Chicago in the USA relating to divination, magic, cultism or supernatural arts.
All publications of the Red Star Publishing Company of Chicago in the USA relating to divination, magic, cultism or supernatural arts.
The import of pets is subject to certain restrictions. Only dogs and cats from the UK and Ireland may be imported into Jamaica. For further information, please visitRegulations Governing the Importation of Dogs and Cats Into Jamaica.
Firearms, weapons, explosives, and fireworks require a permit from the Ministry of National Security/Trade Board.
Meat and meat products require a permit from theMinistry of Industry, Agriculture and Fisheries.
Milk based products require a permit from theMinistry of Industry, Agriculture and Fisheries.
Fruits, vegetables, and plants require a phytosanitary certificate. For further information, please visit theMinistry of Industry, Agriculture and Fisheries.
Coconut derivatives, such as oil and soap, require a permit from theCoconut Industry Board.
Two way radios require a licence from theSpectrum Management Authority.
It is recommended that travellers are up to date on routine vaccinations including measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus (DPT), varicella (chickenpox), polio, and yearly flu shots.
A hepatitis A vaccination is recommended as travellers may contract hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in Jamaica, regardless of where they are eating or staying.
A hepatitis B vaccination is recommended for those who may have sexual contact with a new partner, who may get a tattoo or piercing, or have any medical procedures.
A typhoid vaccination is recommended for most travellers, especially those staying with friends or relatives, visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or for those that are adventurous eaters.
A rabies vaccination is recommended for those planning an outdoor holiday, for wildlife professionals and researchers, or for those who may come into contact with bats.
Zika outbreaks have been reported in Jamaica. Because of the risk of birth defects in babies born to women who were infected with Zika while pregnant, women who are pregnant should not travel to Jamaica. For further information on this recommendation, please visit the CDCZika Virus in Jamaica.
Chikungunya cases have been reported in the Caribbean. For further information, please visit the CDC Chikungunya Advice.
Dengue cases have been reported in Jamaica. For further information, please visit the CDCDengue Advice.
HIV is a risk in Jamaica. For further information, please visit the CDC HIV Advice.