Local laws and customs

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

In February 2015, parliament cleared the way for decriminalisation of the possession of small amounts of ganja. When the process is complete, possession of up to 2 ounces will continue to be illegal, but will be punishable by an on-the-spot fine. Severe penalties will remain in place for other drug related offences, including attempting to export narcotics.

All prison 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.