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Country Information

Jamaica

Travel money

Recommended:
  • Travel Cash Card in Swiss francs (CHF)
    For ATM cash withdrawals
    For cashless payments in shops, restaurants, hotels, and online
  • Banknotes in US Dollar (USD)
    Change cash in local currency

Travel Cash

Phone +41 31 710 12 15
  • When using the Travel Cash Card, you get cash in local currency at ATMs.
  • Please see «Banknotes» below for important information

Credit cards

  • Customary credit cards are accepted in most places. For more detailed information, please contact the credit card issuer.
  • Credit cards are recommended for car rentals. Prepaid cards are generally accepted for payment but not for reservations. Please check the possible payment methods with the car rental company in advance.

Banknotes

Local currency / ISO Code
Jamaican dollar JMD
Currency exchange rate (effective date)
JMD 100 =~ CHF 0.90 ; CHF 1 =~ JMD 111.11 (09/2019)
Import local currency
unlimited; USD 10'000.00 (equivalent) or more must be declared
Import foreign currency
unlimited; USD 10'000.00 (equivalent) or more must be declared
Export local currency
unlimited; USD 10'000.00 (equivalent) or more must be declared
Export foreign currency
unlimited; USD 10'000.00 (equivalent) or more must be declared
Note
  • Please note that cash in US dollar is considered the principal mode of payment in tourist areas.
  • The national currency is less popular and is sometimes not accepted as mode of payment.
  • As a rule, goods and services may be paid for in US dollars.
  • Keep exchange and transaction receipts.
  • Currency exchange not advised on the black market.

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.

Swiss Embassy / Consulate

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

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.

Tourism

For current travel informations visit also http://www.eda.admin.ch/

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 Prepaid Services Ltd therefore shall not be held liable for any damage or loss sustained in connection with any errors or omissions contained therein.