The British High Commission in Kingston is responsible for developing and maintaining relations between the United Kingdom and Jamaica.

We have a close working relationship with the Jamaican authorities.

The high commission’s tasks are to present UK policies to the Jamaican government and to Jamaicans, to report and explain Jamaican policies and views to the government in London, and to support UK interests.

The Department for International Development has an office in Jamaica which focuses on wealth creation,improving disaster resilience,tackling crime and corruption.

There is an honorary British consul in Montego Bay.The post also covers The Bahamas, with consular work undertaken by an honorary consul in Nassau.

The high commission in Kingston is the regional hub for visa applications for the Caribbean.

Our services

Travel advice

Visit our travel advice for Jamaica for information, news and updates, to ensure you stay safe, avoid problems, and make informed decisions when living or travelling abroad.

Passport renewal

For information on how to apply for your first passport or renew an existing passport, please visit the overseas passport section of this website.

Please note that we cannot deal with individual enquiries about passport applications.

Emergency travel documents

Information about how to get an emergency travel document (ETD) if your UK passport is lost or stolen.

If you are travelling in the next week and your passport is not available, you may be able to apply for an ETD. You can book an appointment at the following British High Commission in Kingston by clicking here

Visas

For information on whether you require a visa for the United Kingdom and how to apply, go to the UK Visas and Immigration.

Births, deaths and marriages

Understanding your legal requirements in Jamaica and how you can register a birth or death, and information on legal documents for couples marrying or entering into civil partnerships abroad.

Legalisation service

Visit the Legalisation Office website for information on how to get official confirmation that your UK public documentation is genuine, so it can be accepted by foreign authorities. The UK does not require any documents to be legalised for use within the UK.

Notarial and documentary services

Information about the notarial and documentary services available at the British Consulate in Jamaica. UK law says we have to charge for some services. See our list of consular fees.

List of lawyers and interpreters

A list of English speaking lawyers who may be able to help you with official transactions in Jamaica. Please note that inclusion in this list does not constitute official endorsement by the British Embassy or the UK government

Prisoner pack

Explanation of the prison system in Jamaica for British nationals.

How else we can help

In addition to the services listed above we can also:

  • issue emergency passports (emergency travel documents)
  • provide information about transferring funds
  • provide appropriate help if you have suffered rape or serious assault, are a victim of other crime, or are in hospital
  • help people with mental illness
  • provide details of local lawyers, interpreters, doctors and funeral directors
  • do all we properly can to contact you within 24 hours of being told that you have been detained
  • offer support and help in a range of other cases, such as child abductions, death of relatives overseas, missing people and kidnapping
  • contact family or friends for you if you want
  • make special arrangements in cases of terrorism, civil disturbances or natural disasters

What our consulate cannot do for you

Although we try to help British nationals in a wide range of situations, we cannot:

  • get you out of prison, prevent the local authorities from deporting you after your prison sentence, or interfere in criminal or civil court proceedings
  • help you enter a country, for example, if you do not have a visa or your passport is not valid, as we cannot interfere in another country’s immigration policy or procedures
  • give you legal advice, investigate crimes or carry out searches for missing people, although we can give you details of people who may be able to help you in these cases, such as English-speaking lawyers
  • get you better treatment in hospital or prison than is given to local people
  • pay any bills or give you money (in very exceptional circumstances we may lend you some money from public funds, which you will have to pay back)
  • make travel arrangements for you, or find you work or accommodation
  • make business arrangements on your behalf

Our people

David Fitton CMG

David Fitton CMG

British High Commissioner to Jamaica

Contact us

British High Commission

British High Commission
P O Box 575
28 Trafalgar Road
Kingston 10

Jamaica

Opening hours:
Monday to Thursday 8:00am to 4:30pm
Friday: 8:00am to 1:00pm

Consular
Opening hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8:00am to 1:00pm (by appointment only).
Please use https://www.clickbook.net/dev/bc.nsf/sub/BHCKINGSTON to set up appointments
Passport applications and collection
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8am-11am

UK Visas and Immigration(Visas)

As of March 6 ,VFS Global will manage the Visa Application Centre (VAC) in Jamaica operated by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Kingston. The VAC address is:

25 Dominica Drive
Towers Building: 10th floor
Kingston 9, Jamaica

The VAC is open Monday to Friday, with the exception of some holidays and other closures (see Public holidays / Closures). Opening hours are

0900 – 1600: Application submission
1500 – 1600: Document collection

To submit visa related enquiries visit https://ukvi-international.faq-help.com/

Access and opening times

Consular Kingston

Consular
28 Trafalgar Road
Kingston
10
Jamaica

Opening hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8:00am to 1:00pm (by appointment only)
Passport applications and collection
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8am-11am

Access and opening times

Visa Section

28 Trafalgar Road
Kingston 10
Jamaica

Jamaica

As of March 6 2014, VFS Global will manage the Visa Application Centre (VAC) in Jamaica operated by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Kingston. The VAC address is:

25 Dominica Drive
Towers Building: 10th floor
Kingston 9, Jamaica

The VAC is open Monday to Friday, with the exception of some holidays and other closures (see Public holidays / Closures). Opening hours are
0900 – 1600: Application submission
1500 – 1600: Document collection

For visa related enquiries visit https://ukvi-international.faq-help.com/

Access and opening times

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