Travel to Jamaica

Jamaica: how to get there and transport

How do you get to Jamaica?

Almost all visitors to the island state come by plane:

Lufthansa flights go from Frankfurt via Miami to Kingston. British Airways flights to Kingston via London are offered from German airports as well as from Zurich and Vienna. In addition, there are cheap flights from Condor from various German airports to Montego Bay.


Various cruise ships regularly call at Montego Bay and Ocho Rios, including Costa Cruise Lines,

Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Carnival and Holland America.

Travel in the country

Air connections The national airline Air Jamaica offers flights between Kingston and Montego Bay. There are also Timair flights from Montego Bay to Kingston, Negril, Ochos Rios, Mandeville and Port Antonio, and International Air Link between Negril, Montego Bay, Runaway Bay, Ochos Rios, Port Antonio and Kingston.


There is a regular bus service between Kingston and Montego Bay. In addition, there are regular long-distance bus connections between all cities on the island.


Jamaica has a colonial railroad network with a total length of 272 km. However, this has largely been shut down, passenger trains do not run.


There are around 13,000 km of paved roads in the country. However, these are in very poor condition and traffic accidents are frequent. By 2010, however, a motorway from Kingston via Spanish Town and Ochos Rios to Montego Bay is to be built.

Car rental

There are local and international car rental companies in the larger cities. The required minimum age is 25 years. A national driver’s license for Jamaica is issued on the basis of an international or national driver’s license and is valid for up to one year.


Fixed prices apply to taxis (recognizable by the red number plates with the label PPV). Shared taxis (route taxis) and private minibuses also operate.

Ferry connections

Boats and yachts are rented out in Jamaica.

Traffic rules

To avoid trouble with the police or even the courts, drivers should strictly adhere to the traffic regulations in force in the country. Regardless of the information given here, it is advisable for Germans, Austrians or Swiss to obtain more detailed information from ADAC, the AvD or the relevant Austrian or Swiss traffic clubs.

Top speeds

  • Urban: In built-up areas there is a speed limit of 50 km/h.
  • Country roads: There is a speed limit of 80 km/h on country roads.

In addition, it is of course necessary to pay attention to the current local speed limits, which are indicated by traffic signs.

Special regulations

There is left-hand traffic in Jamaica.


alcohol limit The official blood alcohol limit for drivers of motor vehicles in Jamaica is 0.8.

International license plate

According to Abbreviationfinder, Jamaica’s international license plate is:


Jamaica: Embassies, Consulates and Tourist Office

Visit Countryaah for a full list of Jamaica embassies and consulates in each country around the world.

Representations of Jamaica in Germany

The building in which the Embassy of Jamaica is located is a “garden house” in the courtyard of Schmargendorfer Straße 22. It should be noted that Schmargendorfer Straße cannot be reached by car from Friedrich-Wilhelm-Platz.

Drivers have to choose the approach from Rheinstraße. There is a bus stop for the M48 and M85 buses on Rheinstraße. Schmargendorfer Straße belongs to the Steglitz-Zehlendorf district.

Embassy of Jamaica in Berlin

Schmargendorfer Straße 32

12159 Berlin

Tel: 0049 – (0) 30 – 85 99 45 11


Honorary Consulate of Jamaica in Hamburg

(with issuing of a visa)

Ballindamm 1

20030 Hamburg

Tel: 0049 – (0) 40 – 3 09 92 88


Honorary Consulate of Jamaica in Munich

(with issuing of visa)

Freischützstrasse 96

81927 Munich

Tel: 0049 – (0) 89 – 4 80 58 06 10


Honorary Consulate of Jamaica in Dallgow-Döberitz

Am Reitplatz 22

14624 Dallgow-Döberitz

Tel: 0049 – (0) 3322 – 28 59 63

German representations in Jamaica

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Kingston

10 Waterloo Road

Kingston 10

PO Box 444

Tel: 001 – 876 – 926 67 28

001 – 876 – 926 67 29

001 – 876 – 631 79 35

001 – 876 – 631 79 36

Fax: 001 – 876 – 620 54 57



Austrian representations in Jamaica


The embassy in charge is the Canadian Embassy in Ottawa.

Honorary Consulate General in Kingston (without passport authorization)

Round Hill Hotel

Montego Bay, Jamaica, WI:

2 Ardenne Road

Kingston 10, Jamaica. WITel: 001 – 876 – 940 24 04

Fax: 001 – 876 – 956 75 05


Representations of Jamaica in Austria


The embassy in charge is the Swiss embassy in Geneva.

Swiss representations in Jamaica


The embassy in Cuba in Havana is responsible.

Swiss Consulate General in Kingston

Consulate General of Switzerland

c/o Swiss Stores Ltd., 107, Harbor Street

PO Box 171


Tel: 001 – 876 – 948 96 56

Fax: 001 – 876 – 922 84 03


Representations of Jamaica in Switzerland

Embassy of Jamaica in Geneva

42, rue de Lausanne

1201 Geneva

Tel: 0041 – 22 – 908 07 60

Fax: 0041 – 22 – 738 44 20

Email: Consulat de la Jamaïque 36, rue de Lausanne 1201 Geneva Tel: 0041 – 22 – 731 57 80 0041 – 22 – 908 07 60 Fax: 0041 – 22 – 738 44 20 Email:

Tourist offices

Jamaica Tourist Board at Kingston

64 Knutsford Boulevard

Kingston 5

Jamaica, West Indies

Tel: 001 – 876 – 929 92 00 – 19

Fax: 001 – 876 – 929 93 75


Jamaica Tourist Board at Montego Bay

18 Queens Drive

Montego Bay

St. James

Jamaica, West Indies

Tel: 001 – 876 – 952 44 25

Jamaica Tourist Board in Germany

Tempelhofer Damm 94a,

12101 Berlin

Tel.: 0049 – (0) 30 – 8058 592 – 80


Jamaica: entry and exit conditions

Formalities, visas

For tourists from Germany, Switzerland and Austria, a passport is sufficient to enter Jamaica for a stay of up to 90 days, which must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended stay. A visa is not required in this case. Proof of sufficient financial resources and a return or onward travel ticket are also required.

Issuing of visas in Germany

Visa department of the Embassy of Jamaica

Schmargendorfer Straße 32

12159 Berlin

Tel: 0049 – (0) 30) – 85 99 450

Fax: 0049 – (0) 30) – 85 99 45 40


Issuing of visas in Austria and Switzerland

See under Representations of Jamaica in Austria and Representations of Jamaica in Switzerland.

Import and export of foreign currency

  • Local currencyThe import and export of the local currency is prohibited.
  • Foreign currenciesThe import of foreign currencies is permitted without restriction, but there is a declaration requirement. The export is then limited to the declared amount.

Import and export of goods

In addition to personal luggage, 170 ml of perfume and 340 ml of eau de toilette as well as 1 liter of alcoholic beverages and 200 cigarettes are free for all travelers over the age of 18, but the items must be stated.

The import of weapons, explosives, ammunition or even fireworks is strictly prohibited. Likewise, the import and export of drugs of any kind.

There is also an import ban for products made from goatskin if they have not been cleaned and not fully cured and the goatskin has not been completely sheared off.

The import and export of plants and animals protected under the Washington Species Protection Act is also prohibited and can result in considerable penalties.

Entry with pets

For the owners of dogs and other animals, the question arises when traveling abroad whether they can even take their animals with them to the chosen travel destination. If that is possible, then of course the question of the applicable conditions arises.

Pets from Germany, Switzerland and Austria are not allowed to enter Jamaica.

Jamaica: Travel Medicine, Vaccinations, and Warnings

Infectious Diseases

In Jamaica, the following diseases that are not or rather rare in Germany or Western and Northern Europe are to be expected:

  • Malaria, there is no risk of malaria in Jamaica
  • HIV, there is a high risk of contracting HIV through unprotected sex. Even with blood transfusions (accidents, sudden illness) or the use of syringes, even in hospitals, this risk is not inconsiderable
  • Dengue fever, dengue fever is to be expected nationwide
  • Intestinal infections, various intestinal infections are to be expected, such as: worm infestation, shigella, salmonella, amoeba or lamblia.
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • tetanus
  • rabies
  • typhus

Vaccination recommendations As a precautionary measure, the following vaccinations, which are also common in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, should be available:

  • diphtheria
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • polio
  • tetanus
  • typhus

Compulsory vaccination

For people who are older than 1 year and come from a yellow fever infection area designated by the WHO, there is a compulsory vaccination against yellow fever.

Who pays for vaccinations in Germany?

Most people in Germany are vaccinated against a number of infectious diseases at an early age. However, the vaccination protection only lasts up to 10 years, in some cases even shorter. Therefore, before traveling abroad, you should carefully consider against which infectious diseases a vaccination is necessary or useful in the country concerned and whether the vaccination protection, if applicable, was not too long ago.

Most statutory health insurances have been reimbursing the costs for the following vaccinations since June 2007.

There is even no 10 € practice fee – but the insured usually have to pay the statutory additional payment, which is 10% of the vaccine price – that is at least 5 € and a maximum of 10 €. Under these conditions, the following vaccinations are free of charge:

  • cholera
  • diphtheria
  • Early summer meningoencephalitis (TBE)
  • Yellow fever
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Meningococcal meningitis
  • Pneumococci
  • Polyo (polio)
  • Tetanus (tetanus)
  • rabies
  • typhus

Some health insurance companies also reimburse the cost of malaria prophylaxis.

As a rule, private health insurance companies (inquire beforehand) also cover the costs mentioned.

Warning notices

Foreign Office (AA) of the Federal Republic of Germany

Citizens’ Service

D-11013 Berlin

Tel: 0049 – (0) 30 – 5000 – 2000

Jamaica: Currency, Shopping, and Exchange Rate

The local currency of Jamaica is the

Jamaican dollar = 100 cents.

Bank opening times

Banks in Jamaica are open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on weekdays.


Shop Hours

Shops in Jamaica are usually open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. However, some close on Wednesdays or Thursday afternoons.

Inexpensive or country-specific goods, souvenirs

In Jamaica, a wide variety of handicrafts are produced that are suitable as souvenirs for tourists. These include hand-woven fabrics, embroidery, batik, leather sandals, basketry, straw mats, wood carvings and oil paintings. Local spirits, Jamaica rum, Rumona liqueur and Ian Sangster’s rum cream as well as coffee, spices and pepper jellies are popular souvenirs.

Travel to Jamaica