Jamaica Travel Information
All public hospitals now have facilities to isolate
covid-19 positive people. For more information about
coronavirus, see the section Health.
Most journeys to Jamaica go safely and without
special problems, but travelers should be wary and take
It is recommended to dress easily and not show
visible signs of prosperity when leaving the hotel area.
Take special care after dark; It is recommended not to
go alone. Avoid poorly lit areas. One should at all
times secure his personal belongings and documents.
Violent crime is of concern. Jamaica has one of the
highest murder rates in the world and especially in the
capital, Kingston, gang crime is a major part of the
crime rate. Although the crime is not usually targeted
at foreign tourists, one should still be on guard.
Resorts are considered safer than the rest of the
island, although robberies are reported as burglary in
hotel rooms and thefts.
The state of emergency and curfew can be introduced
by local authorities in vulnerable areas as measures to
maintain control. Recently, the state of emergency was
declared in the St. James region of Jamaica due to.
increased criminal activity in 2017. Greater activity is
expected from police and security forces. It is
therefore encouraged to follow local advice and keep up
to date regularly.
- Countryaah: Kingston is the capital
of Jamaica. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
The road standard is fairly straightforward and it
runs on the left. Driving in Jamaica requires an
international driver's license. It is possible to rent a
car, but it is still not recommended to drive even in
Jamaica. Driving after dark is not recommended. Care
should also be taken to keep windows closed and doors
locked during car trips.
The terror threat is considered low in Jamaica.
The hurricane season is between June and November.
Jamaica lies within a seismically active area and can
therefore occasionally be hit by earthquakes.
Hurricanes: In the case of
hurricanes, Norwegians staying in affected areas are
encouraged to follow the advice and directions of local
authorities. In addition, the National Hurricane Center
as well as local media is a useful source of up-to-date
It is imperative to make preparations in advance of
notified hurricanes. You should ensure that you have
access to what you need to do in the immediate aftermath
of hurricanes. During and after hurricanes, periods of
weakened infrastructure, electricity outages, and
telecommunications networks and damage to roads and
buildings can occur. Restaurants and shops may be
closed. In some cases it can be challenging to float
water, food and cash. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
does not normally provide travel advice in connection
with natural disasters.
Travel registration :
Norwegian citizens staying for a shorter or
longer period in the Caribbean are encouraged to
register on reiseregistrering.no. This will make it
easier for the embassy to get hold of you in the event
of a crisis or disaster situation.
You should be aware that most tour operators offering
excursions, water sports, jeep, horseback riding, etc.
are not insured, and you should therefore check the
terms of your insurance before undertaking such
Norway is represented at an honorary consulate in
Kingston, Jamaica. Responsible Norwegian Embassy for
Jamaica is the Norwegian Embassy in Havana, Cuba.
Contact information for the consulate can be found here.
In case of crisis or emergency, the public is asked
to contact the Norwegian Embassy in Havana:
The Norwegian Embassy in Havana
Calle 21 # 307 e/H e In
Cuidad de La Habana
Tel: +53 7 842 7100
Tel. from Norway: 23 95 23 00
The embassy's opening hours are Monday to Thursday
from 08:30 to 16:30 and Friday from 08:30 to 14:00.
Outside the embassy's opening hours, the UD's 24-hour
operating center can be contacted on tel: +47 23 95 00
00 or e-mail: UDops@mfa.no
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Norwegians travel visa-free to Jamaica for shorter
stays of up to 90 days. Please note that the passport
must be valid for a minimum of six months after entry
and that you may be asked to submit your return ticket
and maintenance status.
For other types of visas, contact the Jamaica
Consulate in Oslo.
Coronavirus (covid-19): All public
hospitals now have facilities to isolate covid-19
positive people, and a special unit has been established
at the National Chest Hospital.
You can find more information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See also UD's
answers to frequently asked questions about travel and
Dengue occurs and precautions should be taken to
protect against mosquito bites.
Travelers should take common precautions to avoid
being exposed to HIV/ AIDS.
Travelers should take common precautions when it
comes to food and drink in the tropical area.
For official health travel advice and health
professional guidance for Norwegians when traveling
abroad, please refer to the Norwegian Institute of
Practical information on currency, electricity,
telephone, opening hours, etc.
Currency unit and credit card: The Jamaican currency
is the Jamaican dollar (JMD). $ 1 = $ 116.8 JMD (as of
03/07/2016), $ 1 = $ 14.7 JMD (as of 03/07/2015)
Common credit cards such as Visa, Mastercard, Amex
and Diners are accepted by most hotels, restaurants,
shops and companies.
The power supply is at 110 volts.
There are generally good telephone connections in
Country code for calling Jamaica is + 1-876.
Emergency number: Police 119, fire 119
Normal opening hours: The working week is Monday to
Friday. Public Offices: 08: 00-16: 30. Banks: 08: 30-15:
Public holidays: 1 January (New Year's Day), Good
Friday and 1 Easter Day, 1 May (Workers 'Day), 1 August
(Liberation Day), 6 August (Independence Day), 21
October (National Heroes' Day), 1 and 2 Christmas Day
Norway is 7 hours ahead of Jamaica (GMT -5).
The climate in Jamaica is tropical, with high
temperature and humidity throughout the year. There are
two rainy seasons, from May to June and from September
to November. The average temperature is between 19-32
The official language of Jamaica is English. In
addition, there is spoken patois, a local dialect of
English and African languages.
Homosexuality is prohibited. It should be noted that
wearing military and camouflage clothing is prohibited.