Local laws and customs

Contrary to popular belief, it is illegal to smoke marijuana (‘ganja’) in Jamaica. There are severe penalties for all drug offences, including those involving ganja. Every year many British nationals are arrested for attempting to traffic ganja and other drugs.

Possession of even small quantities of illegal drugs can lead to imprisonment. All sentences are served in Jamaica.  Prison conditions are harsh.  Pack all luggage yourself and don’t carry anything through customs for anyone else.

Jamaican laws make certain homosexual acts illegal. The attitude of many Jamaicans to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people is hostile.