Travel advice for Jamaica.

Here you will find important tips and useful information for Jamaica.

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Travel money:

Prepaid Travel credit card

in Swiss francs (CHF)

  • For ATM cash withdrawals

  • For cashless payments in shops, restaurants, hotels, and online

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Banknotes

in US Dollar (USD)

  • Change cash in local currency

Local currency / ISO Code

Jamaican dollar JMD

Currency exchange rate

JMD 100 = ~ CHF 0.85 ; CHF 1 = ~ JMD 117.65 (07/2020)

Further Information

Credit cards

 

  • Customary credit cards are accepted in most places. For more detailed information, please contact the credit card issuer.

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Practical Information:

Time difference with Switzerland

- 6 h / - 7 h during our summer time

National language

Official language

English

Capital

Kingston

Country code for calling Switzerland

0011 41 (disregard '0' preceding Swiss area codes)

Voltage

110 volt / adapter required

Travel documents for Swiss citizens

Passport still valid 6 months or more after arrival, return or onward travel ticket and proof of sufficient funds for stays up to 3 months.

Opening hours

Banks

8.30/9.00 - 15.30/16.00 h (Mon - Fri)

Stores

9.00 - 16.00/17.00 h (Mon, Tue, Fri, Sat)
9.00 - 12.00/13.00 h (Wed, Thu)

Driving
  • Left-hand driving.

  • Swiss driver's license accepted for car rentals; some rental companies require in addition the international driver's license.

  • Minimum age for car rentals: 25 (varies by rental company).

  • CH sticker and breakdown triangle mandatory.

Health situation
  • Do not drink tap water.

  • Mosquito protection advised.

  • Minimum risk of malaria.

  • Vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis A, polio and measles recommended.

Other information

This country is in an active earthquake zone.

Security

  • Travelers who wish to travel to this country are advised to inquire about current traveler safety prior to departure.

  • Very high crime rate (mainly in the capital Kingston).
    Drug dealers may attempt to use unsuspecting travelers as mules to carry drugs. Never lose sight of your luggage and carry only your personal belongings.

  • Walking the streets after nightfall is not advised.

  • Do not carry valuables (watches, jewelry, expensive cameras, etc.) on you.

Special legal regulations

Very strict laws to fight illegal drugs.

Swiss Embassy / Consulate

Kingston, c/o Swiss Stores Ltd., 107 Harbour Street
Tel. +1 876 948 9656

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Important

While every precaution has been taken to verify the information provided, Swiss Bankers Prepaid Services Ltd does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of Country Information. Swiss Bankers therefore shall not be held liable for any damage or loss sustained in connection with any errors or omissions contained therein.

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