Before you travel, check the ‘Entry requirements’ section for Jamaica’s current entry requirements. These may change with little warning. Monitor this advice for the latest updates and stay in contact with your travel provider.
If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting.
It is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.
Over 225,000 British nationals visited Jamaica in 2019. Most visits are trouble-free.
There are high levels of crime and violence, particularly in the capital Kingston. See Crime
As part of security enhancement measures, the government of Jamaica may impose a State of Emergency (SoE) with little warning. A SoE allows the military to support the police in joint security operations in response to recent violence and shooting incidents. Police and military checkpoints may be established on roads, and full cooperation with security forces is recommended. See Security operations
The hurricane season in Jamaica normally runs from June to November. See Natural disasters
Public order incidents and demonstrations can occur across Jamaica, and may cause significant disruption to traffic and public transportation. You should avoid all demonstrations; they have the potential to turn violent and are often used by criminals as cover for robbery and theft. See Demonstrations
Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Jamaica, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism
You can contact the emergency services by calling 119 for police, ambulance and fire.
If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.
The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.