Jamaica Vaccinations and Travel Advice
Reggae is what has built Jamaica’s reputation for a long time, but this country offers far more than that! Its natural wealth is of incomparable beauty. Imposing magical mountain ranges, magnificent beaches and lush vegetation, it managed to attract tourists from all around the world in search of a change of scenery and exotic taste. You can brave the waters by snorkeling or scuba diving to discover a seabed rich in variety. Meanwhile, hikers will have the opportunity to stroll through the botanical gardens or even get lost in the huge rainforest. At night, Kingston, the Jamaican capital, plunges you into a partying atmosphere. Between taking a step in a disco, a gourmet break in a restaurant or a poker party in a casino, you will surely stay entertained.
Recommended Medication for Travelling to Jamaica
|Ciprofloxacin, Azithromycin or Suprax||Antibiotic in case of traveler’s diarrhea|
Medical Care in Jamaica
Jamaica is experiencing a crisis in the health system. Access to care is very limited outside of Kingston and Montego Bay and the shortage of drugs and infrastructure continues to plague the country. If you need a doctor while traveling to Jamaica, go to the West Indies University Hospital, a private center that is funded by the state. Another recommendation is the Medical Associates Hospital.
A number of pharmacies are recommended by the Embassy, including Moodie’s pharmacy, Oxford Medical Center Pharmacy, Monarch Pharmacy or Liguanea Lane Pharmacy Ltd.
In case of emergency, dial 911 to request medical assistance.
Is Jamaica Safe for Travel?
|Safety and Security||Descriptive|
|Beaches||Probably no lifeguards; Lacking warning systems for local water conditions; Private beaches are generally safer than public beaches|
|Demonstrations||Risk of violence|
|Road safety||Traffic drives on the left; Stay on main roads as much as possible; Caution required|
|Public transportation||Unsafe in general; Avoid taking unmarked taxis; Knutsford Express buses are reliable and comfortable|
|Water sports||Recreational activities must be covered by your travel insurance; Ensure that sporting and aquatic equipment is safe|
|Health||Zika virus and chikungunya virus|
|Risk level||High degree of caution|
Do I Need a Visa to Visit Jamaica?
Prior to travel, make sure you check with your transportation company about any passport requirements. This is important as in some cases their regulations on passport validity may be more strict than those of the destination country.
If staying under 6 months, then only a passport is required. It must be valid at the time of entry. You will require a visa for business purposes.
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Embassy of Canada to Jamaica information
When travelling to another country, it is important to know where the Canadian embassy is located in the event of:
- A legal problem
- A lost passport
- The need to report a crime
It is advisable to make a copy of your original passport in case you lose it.
Canadian High Commission to Jamaica (KINGSTON)
3 West Kings House Road,
Kingston 10, Jamaica
Tel.: (876) 926-1500
Email: [email protected]
Canadian Consulate to Jamaica (MONTEGO BAY)
29 Gloucester Street,
Tel.: (876) 632-0371
Fax: (876) 632-3690
Email: [email protected]