Jamaica Customs, Currency & Airport Tax regulations details

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Customs

Import regulations:

Free import for passengers of 18 years or older:
- 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 230 grams of other tobacco products;
- 1 liter of alcohol beverages and 1 liter of wine;
- personal and household effects up to a value of USD 500.-.

170 milliliters of perfume and 340 milliliters of eau-de-toilette.

Arms and Ammunition regulations:

A Firearms Import Permit is required. If importing while on official business, the permit must be obtained from the respective embassy or consulate and also from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jamaica.
For the importation of personal firearms an Import Permit must be obtained from the Trade Board and the Firearm Licensing Authority in Jamaica.

Wild Fauna and Flora:

The import of certain endangered species of plant, live animals and their products is prohibited or restricted under CITES.
For further details please refer to CITES: www.cites.org.

Export regulations:

Free export of tobacco products and alcoholic beverages.

Crew members customs regulations:

Same regulations as for passengers apply.

Pets:

Pets must have an Import Permit issued by the Ministry of Agriculture, Veterinary Services Division. Tel: 1 876 927 0594 or 1 876 977 2489/2492. E-mail: [email protected] or [email protected] . All pets must be inspected by a veterinarian upon arrival.

Cats and dogs: may be imported from Andorra, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Ascension Isl., Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba, Canada, Cayman Isl. Channel Isl., Chinese Taipei, Curacao, Dominica, Falkland Isl., Faroe Isl., Fiji, French Polynesia, Greenland, Guam, Guadeloupe, Hong Kong (SAR China), Iceland, Israel, Japan, Liechtenstein, Martinique, Mexico, Monaco, Monserrat, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Russian Fed., St. Helena, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Maarten, St Martin, St. Pierre and Miquelon, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Singapore, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Isl., USA (including Hawaii), United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Virgin Isl. (British), Virgin Isl. (USA), Vanuatu, Vatican City, Wallis and Futuna and European Union Member States .
The cat or dog must be fitted with an ISO standard microchip that can be read by an Avid or other ISO compatible reader and vaccinated against rabies with an approved vaccine. The cat or dog must have achieved a post-vaccination rabies neutralizing antibody titre of at least 0.5 IU/ml between three months and twelve months before importation.
The animal must also be accompanied by an official Export Health Certificate of the exporting country. The laboratory report must be completed in English and contain the laboratory’s letterhead and include the microchip number, dates when the blood sample was taken and arrival date at laboratory, the country where the blood sample was taken and the test type and result.
The cat or dog is only eligible for entry into Jamaica not less than three months but not more than twelve months after the blood sample that gave a successful antibody virus neutralization test result was drawn.
Information on other test and vaccination results can be found at www.moa.gov.jm/VetServices .
Cats and dogs should be imported as manifested cargo, except for seeing-eye dogs, and arrive during normal Customs working hours, otherwise additional fees will be charged.

Birds: may be imported provide thay have been kept in isolation, in an approved area, for at least 45 days prior to export to Jamaica. The bird must originate from areas free of Psittacosis, New Cattle Disease, West Nile Virus and Avian Influenza and should be inspected by an official government veterinarian to ensure the bird is free from symptoms of any disease.

Baggage Clearance regulations:

Baggage is cleared at the airport of final destination in Jamaica if the baggage is labeled accordingly and the airport of final destination is an international airport.

Exempt: baggage of transit passengers with a destination outside Jamaica if the baggage is labelled to that destination and the onward flight is within 24 hours.


Currency

Currency Import regulations:

Residents (including persons holding a "Work Permit" and living on the Island) are allowed to import local currency (Jamaican Dollar-JMD) without restriction. Foreign currencies may be imported up to the equivalent of the amount declared when departing. Non-residents may import foreign currencies without restrictions, if amount is declared; import of local currency is prohibited.

Currency Export regulations:

Residents (including persons holding a "Work Permit" and living on the Island) are allowed to export local currency (Jamaican Dollar-JMD) without restrictions. The export of foreign currencies is allowed up to the equivalent of JMD 100.-; traveler's cheques; drafts up to the amount declared. Up to JMD 500.- may be exported per year, if declared. Non-residents may export foreign currencies up to the amounts imported and declared; the export of local currency is prohibited.


Airport Tax

No airport tax is levied on passengers upon embarkation at the airport.

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