Jamaica Customs, Currency & Airport Tax regulations details

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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.

Export regulations:

Free export of tobacco products and alcoholic beverages.

Crew members customs regulations:

Same regulations as for passengers apply.


All pets must have an Import Permit issued by the Ministry of Agriculture, Veterinary Division, Hope Gardens, Kingston 6. Tel: +1-876-977-2489/2492. e-mail: [email protected]
All pets must be inspected by a veterinarian upon arrival.

Cats and dogs, incl. guide/seeing eye dogs, can travel as checked baggage or cargo:
- born and bred in the United Kingdom; and
- not in transit en route; and
- holding health certificate. However animal cannot be, or ever have been, innoculated with any type of rabies vaccine.
Prohibited: cats and dogs other than the above.

Air Jamaica will no longer accept domestic pets for transportation on passenger aircraft. They will be shipped using the freighter aircraft. Only seeing-eye dogs may be transported in the cabin when accompanying a passenger dependant on them.

Birds cannot be imported from any country.

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 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, provided 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, provided 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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