Caribbean and Central America

How to Get to Jamaica

Jamaica arrival

Airplane: the national airline in Jamaica is Air Jamaica. She flies mainly from London (Great Britain) to Jamaica. Air Jamaica flies to numerous Caribbean destinations from Montego Bay (Antigua, St. Lucia, Bonaire, Bahamas, Barbados, Havana, Grenada, Curaçao, Santo Domingo and the Turks and Caicos Islands). Many of these flights are served by Air Jamaica’s national airline Air Jamaica Express.

The airline Caribbean Airlines also flies from London to Jamaica with a stopover in Antigua is inserted. Lufthansa flies from Germany (Frankfurt) to Jamaica (stopover in Miami, USA). British Airways flies from several German airports as well as Vienna and Zurich to Jamaica (stopover in London-Gatwick).

Iberia (from Vienna, Düsseldorf, Munich, Stuttgart, Frankfurt and Hamburg to Montego Bay), LTU (from Düsseldorf to Montego Bay), Martinair (from Amsterdam to Montego Bay) and Aeroflot (from Ireland to Montego Bay) also fly from Europe.
Other airlines that offer flights to Jamaica include American Airlines, US Airways, BWIA West Indies Airways, Cubana, Cayman Airways, Air Canada, COPA Airlines, International AirLink and Northwest Airlines.
Condor offers cheap flights to Jamaica (Montego Bay) from airports in Germany. In the US, the most popular flights to Jamaica are from Miami and New York.

Within the Caribbean fly ALM / Dutch Caribbean (between Montego Bay and Kingston and Curacao), BWIA (Kingston to Antigua, Barbados and Trinidad), Cayman Airways (between Kingston and Montego Bay and Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac) and Sky King (between Kingston and the Turks and Caicos Islands).

There are charter flights to Jamaica from the USA, Canada, Great Britain and Europe. The prices are often cheaper than on scheduled flights, but there is also a lack of flexibility to change flight times.

Airports: Jamaica has two international airports in Kingston and Montego Bay.

According to commit4fitness, most passengers in Jamaica arrive at Donald Sangster International Airport (MBJ), about 2 miles north of Montego Bay. There is the possibility of renting a rental car.

The international airport Norman Manley International Airport (KIN) is 17 km south-east of Kingston. From here both buses and taxis go to the city center, the journey time is around half an hour. However, it is also possible to rent a rental car.

Cruises: Every year more than 800,000 passengers come to Jamaica on cruise ships, making the country one of the world’s most popular cruise destinations.
The visits are usually limited to a day’s stay either in Ocho Rios or Montego Bay, from 2009 the port of Falmouth will also be used. Most cruises last one to two weeks and also call at other destinations in the western Caribbean, such as Progreso and Cozumel in Mexico, Key West, Grand Cayman and Miami.

Some of the cruise lines that offer cruises to Jamaica include Celebrety Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Holland America, Carnival, and Costa Cruise Lines.

Several cargo ships on the route between North America and Europe also anchor in Jamaica, some also take paying passengers on board.
A helpful book on being able to ride on cargo ships is Ford’s Freighter Travel Guide.

Yacht : Many sailors come to Jamaica from North America. However, there is a risk of hurricanes in mid to late summer.
Upon arrival in Jamaica, you will have to go through the formalities with Customs and Immigration in either Montego Bay (Montego Bay Yacht Club), Kingston (Jamaica Royal Yacht Club, Port Royal), Ocho Rios (St. Ann’s Bay) or the West Harbor in Port Antonio.

Jamaica entry requirements

Passport:
is a general requirement for traveling to Jamaica. Of the passport(or the temporary passport) must be valid at least until the end of the planned stay in Jamaica. A return or onward ticket is required for entry by plane.

Visa:
For tourist trips with a maximum stay of 90 days in Jamaica, citizens of Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Turkey do not have a visa.

Citizens of Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Turkey do not need a visa for business trips with a maximum stay of 30 days in Jamaica. If you are planning a business trip to Jamaica for more than 30 days, you can apply for a visa at the relevant Jamaican embassy (see Jamaica – important addresses).

An extension of the stay is also possible in Jamaica, the application is submitted to the responsible immigration authority.

Entry with children:
For accompanying children, the same visa requirements apply as for their parents. Every child needs their own travel document, which will last at least until the end of the plannedStayis valid in Jamaica.

Germany: The German child ID card with photo (up to the age of 16) or a separate passport is accepted. Child ID cards are no longer issued in Germany, existing child ID cards remain valid until the expiry date.

Austria: separate passport for children.

Switzerland: separate passport for children.

Adequate funds:
Foreign visitors must have sufficient funds for their trip. Vaccinations: You can find detailed information on recommended and required vaccinations for traveling to Jamaica in the chapter Jamaica – Health and Diseases. Entry with pets:

Dogs and cats are not allowed to be brought into Jamaica from Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Birds are generally not allowed to enter Jamaica.

How to Get to Jamaica