from $26

Shakespeare Cottage

Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth
4.0
Church Street
Treasure Beach St. Elizabeth Parish JM
from $22

Germaican Hostel

Port Antonio, Portland
Unnamed Road
Portland Parish JM

Uche’s Foot Explore Jamaica

Gt George St, Kingston, Jamaica
Gt George Street
Kingston St. Andrew Parish JM
from $20

Pear Tree Cottage

Irish Town, Saint Andrew
5.0
B1
St. Andrew Parish JM

Tehuti Cafe

Links Ct, Kingston, Jamaica
5.0
Links Court
Kingston Saint Andrew Parish JM
from $40

Abofa House

Lethe, Hanover
Unnamed Road
St. James Parish JM
from $85

Luna Sea Inn

Belmont, Westmoreland
4.0
A2
JM
from $90

Forres Park

Mavis Bank, St. Andrew
5.0
Unnamed Road
Saint Andrew Parish JM
from $99

Zimbali Retreats

Caanan Mountain, Westmoreland
Unnamed Road
Westmoreland Parish JM
from $35

Prince Valley Guest House

Middleton, St. Andrew
5.0
B1
Saint Andrew Parish JM
from $35

Riverside Retreat

Hope Bay, Portland
5.0
A4
Portland Parish JM

The Durham

Durham Ave, Kingston
Durham Avenue
Kingston Saint Andrew Parish JM
from $30

Kingsworth Hostel

Jacks Hill, Kingston
Jacks Hill Road
Kingston Saint Andrew Parish JM
from $23

Five Gables

Ironshore, St. James
5.0
Fairview Avenue
Saint James Parish JM
from $40

Zion Country

Muirton Pen, Long Road, Portland
5.0
A4
Portland Parish JM
from $25

Cedar Ridge Lodge

Bogue Hill, Montego Bay
4.0
Bogue Hill Road
Reading Saint James Parish JM
from $25

North Light

Skyline Dr, Kingston
4.0
Skyline Drive
Kingston St. Andrew Parish JM
from $14

Gibraltar Heights

Oracabessa, St. Mary
Ocean Terrace
Salt Gut Saint Mary Parish JM
from $42

Live like a Local

Ocho Rios, St. Ann
5.0
Ocean Ridge Drive
Ocho Rios Saint Ann Parish JM
from $32

Widcombe Guest House

Kingston, Jamaica
Widcombe Crescent
Kingston Saint Andrew Parish JM
from $35

Spring Garden

Margarete's Bay, Portland
A4
Saint Margarets Bay Portland Parish JM
from $50

Paradise on the beach

Little Bay, Westmoreland
4.5
Unnamed Road
Little Bay Westmoreland Parish JM
from $23

Bird’s Nest

Ironshore, St. James
Patterson Avenue
Saint James Parish JM
from $16

Ital Village Budget Accommodation

Port Antonio, Portland
5.0
Campbell Avenue
Port Antonio Portland Parish JM
from $135

Camp Cabarita

Pennycooke, Westmoreland
5.0
Unnamed Road
Westmoreland Parish JM
from $24

Jardin D’Eden

Eden District, St. James
4.0
Unnamed Road
Saint James Parish JM
from $40

REM Guesthouse

Dulwich Dr, Kingston
Old Church Road
Kingston Saint Andrew Parish JM
from $38

Palm Cottage

Port Antonio, Portland
5.0
East Palm Avenue
Port Antonio Portland Parish JM
from $28

Buschman Homestay

Port Maria, St. Mary
Banana Street
Port Maria Saint Mary Parish JM
from $30

Tina’s Guesthouse

Ocho Rios, St. Ann
5.0
Old Main Road
RioNuoya Saint Mary Parish JM
from $30

Farmhouse in the Blue Mountains

Penlyne Castle, St. Thomas
4.5
Unnamed Road
Penlyne Castle Saint Thomas Parish JM
from $35

Mango Ridge Cottages

Port Antonio, Portland
Sommers Lane
Port Antonio Portland Parish JM
from $23

Miss Bev’s B&B

Manchioneal, Portland
5.0
Unnamed Road
Portland Parish JM
from $25

Fisherman’s Bed & Breakfast

Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth
4.0
Unnamed Road
Treasure Beach Saint Elizabeth Parish JM
from $45

River Lodge

Strawberry Fields, St. Mary
hike Route
Saint Mary Parish JM
from $35

Natural Mystic Cottages

Belmont, Westmoreland
5.0
A2
Westmoreland Parish JM
from $75

Sunset Heal Jamaica

Petersfield, Westmoreland
4.0
Unnamed Road
Westmoreland Parish JM
from $25

Jay’s Guest House

Jamaica
5.0
Saint Thomas Parish JM
from $30

Casa De Rasta

Orange Bay, Portland
4.3
Unnamed Road
Portland Parish JM
from $20

Uppa Country Guest House

Flamstead, St. James
5.0
Flamstead
Saint James Parish JM

Smurfs Cafe

Lewis Town Road, Treasure Beach, Jamaica
5.0
Lewis Town Road
Treasure Beach St. Elizabeth Parish JM
from $25

West Port Cottages

Negril, Westmoreland
Norman Manley Boulevard
Westmoreland Parish JM

Rastafari Indigenous Village

Montego Bay, St. James
5.0
Porto Bello Drive
Montego Bay Saint James Parish JM
from $35

Barry’s Rooms

Negril, Westmoreland
Norman Manley Boulevard
Westmoreland Parish JM
from $30

James Dennis Guest House

Section, Portland
5.0
B1
Portland Parish JM

Glistening Waters

A1, Jamaica
A1
Trelawny Parish JM

Liberty Hall: The Legacy of Marcus Garvey

King St, Kingston, Jamaica
King Street
Kingston Saint Andrew Parish JM

Jamaica Music Museum

East St, Kingston, Jamaica
East Street
Kingston Saint Andrew Parish JM

Natural History Museum of Jamaica

East St, Kingston, Jamaica
East Street
Kingston Saint Andrew Parish JM

The African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica

Ocean Towers Apartment, Ocean Blvd, Kingston, Jamaica
Ocean Boulevard
Kingston Saint Andrew Parish JM

Paint Jamaica

Fleet St, Kingston, Jamaica
5.0
Fleet Street
Kingston Saint Andrew Parish JM

Help Jamaica

Cassava Piece Rd, Kingston, Jamaica
Cassava Piece Road
Kingston Saint Andrew Parish JM

National Museum Jamaica

East St, Kingston, Jamaica
East Street
Kingston Saint Andrew Parish JM

MiHungry Whol’-Some Food

Red Hills Rd, Kingston, Jamaica
Red Hills Road
Kingston Saint Andrew Parish JM

MiHungry Whol’-Some Food

Caledonia Rd, Mandeville, Jamaica
Caledonia Road
Mandeville Manchester Parish JM

National Gallery of Jamaica

Orange St, Kingston, Jamaica
Orange Street
Kingston Saint Andrew Parish JM

Life Yard

Fleet St, Kingston, Jamaica
5.0
Fleet Street
Kingston Saint Andrew Parish JM

Adwa Nutrition For Life

St James St, Montego Bay, Jamaica
Saint James Street
Montego Bay Saint James Parish JM

Veggie Meals on Wheels

Old Hope Rd, Kingston, Jamaica
Old Hope Road
Kingston Saint Andrew Parish JM

New Leaf Vegetarian

Barbican Rd, Kingston, Jamaica
5.0
Barbican Road
Kingston Saint Andrew Parish JM

Blue Lagoon

Star San Villa, A4, Jamaica
A4
Portland Parish JM

Winnifred Beach

Dragon Bay Road, Jamaica
Dragon Bay Road
Portland Parish JM

Alpha Boys School

Alpha Schools Rd, Kingston, Jamaica
Alpha Schools Road
Kingston Saint Andrew Parish JM

Seven Mile Beach

Norman Manley Blvd, Jamaica
Norman Manley Boulevard
Westmoreland Parish JM

YS Falls

Unnamed Road, Jamaica
Unnamed Road
Saint Elizabeth Parish JM

Lime Cay

Norman Manley Hwy, Jamaica
Norman Manley Highway
Kingston Parish JM

Reggae Falls

Unnamed Road, Hillside, Jamaica
Unnamed Road
Hillside Saint Thomas Parish JM

Dunn’s River Falls

Unnamed Road, Jamaica
Unnamed Road
Saint Ann Parish JM

Somerset Falls

Lot 154 A4, Hope Bay, Jamaica
A4 Lot 154
Hope Bay Portland Parish JM

Boston Beach

A4, Boston Bay, Jamaica
A4
Boston Bay Portland Parish JM

Hellshire Beach

Cliff Blvd, Hellshire, Jamaica
Cliff Boulevard
Hellshire Saint Catherine Parish JM

All visitors are required to be in possession of a national passport or other acceptable travel document establishing nationality and identity, and bearing a photograph. The passport or other travel document must be valid for the period of intended stay in the island.

Visitors are also required (not always, but sometimes) to show evidence of sufficient funds to support themselves during their stay and be in possession of a return or round trip ticket to another country to which they are admissible.

Visa Policy Map

There’s visa-free entrance to Jamaica for many countries, but for some, a visa is required. Please check the PICA website before your travels to make sure if you need a visa or not.
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Things you might be asked

The immigration officer will ask you a few questions about your trip and it’s always good to be prepaired for that. Here are the most common questions you might have to answer.

1) Where are you staying?

Especially for backpackers this can be tricky, because you’re not staying in one location, but traveling the island and visiting multiple places. Telling the officer that you’ll be backpacking is fine, but we highly recommend to have your first night(s) booked. Presenting the booking confirmation to the officer can make things a lot smoother when entering the country. If you’ve decided to stay in only one accommodation for your whole vacation, then this won’t be a problem.

2) What’s the purpose of your stay?

Usually it’s vacation. If you’re visiting friends, you might be asked for your friends’ name and address. Make sure to have these information on hand.

When you’re visiting your boyfriend or spouse, be prepaired to go through a lot of questions. We know of one case where a woman was shown photos of Jamaica’s most wanted criminals, while being asked if her spouse is one of them.

3) How long are you staying?

This is where the booking confirmation of your return flight comes to play, which should be within your allowed visa time. In most cases you’ll be asked for your ticket out of the country, wether that’s back home or to another country. Although this doesn’t happen always, we highly recommend you to have one and ready to present to the officer. In the worst case, if you don’t have one, you will have to book one right at the spot.

4) How do you get around the island?

When you’re backpacking, you’re most likely to use route taxis and coaster buses. We got some feedback from female travelers in our community who told us that the officer gave them a hard time, because they said they would travel with route taxis. It’s up to you what you’re telling them, but we heard that saying you’re traveling with JUTA won’t cause any problems.

Don’t wear camouflage when entering the country! We got feedback from a woman in our community who told us that she was forced to change clothes at the airport, just because she was wearing camouflage shorts.

Extending your stay

There are two ways to do this: Either in advance through the Jamaican embassy in your country or while you’re in Jamaica at the Passport, Immigration & Citizenship Agency in Kingston. The process includes a fee of usually not more than $100.

1) At the Jamaican Embassy in your country

Taking care of the extension of your stay upfront, will safe you time and stress later on. Please get in touch with the Jamaican embassy in your home country to request further information.

2) At the PICA in Kingston

If you plan to request an extension of your stay while in Jamaica, you have to bear in mind that you can’t book your initial return flight for the end of your extended stay. When entering the country, the immigration officer won’t know if you will be granted the visa, therefore he or she wants to see a valid return flight within the visa-free period. This means you will have to change the reservation for your return flight accordingly, after the extension got granted.

You can request an extension of your stay at the Passport, Immigration & Citizenship Agency (PICA) in Kingston.

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