Important! Please contact the Embassy or the Jamaican Consulate in São Paulo or Rio de Janeiro for further information should any questions arise and for required fees.
Whether or not a visa is required to enter Jamaica, the immigration authorities – Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency of Jamaica (PICA) – has the final authority on who is allowed to enter the country. Other conditions may apply. Please consult the list below to see if the passport you are holding will require a visa, based on the purpose of your trip.
Travel Documents Accepted by Jamaica: The most common type of travel document required is a passport. Other travel documents are accepted once issued by a recognised authority, e.g. laissez-passer (see below). Travel documents presented must have a photograph of the bearer. Your Passport or other travel document must be valid to cover the entire period of your trip to Jamaica
Basic requirements for Entering Jamaica are: Passport or other recognised travel document; (2) authorisation to re-enter the country which issued your passport or proof of authorisation to enter another country upon departure from Jamaica; (3) round trip airline ticket; (4) confirmed hotel reservation or other proof of address of where you will live while visiting Jamaica; (5) proof of reason for travelling to Jamaica.
Visas: If a visa is required in addition to the basic requirements stated above, the following is necessary (1) completed Visa Application Form "J”; (2) one (1) recent passport size photograph; (3) proof of reason for travelling to Jamaica.
Tourists > Confirmed hotel package or other documentation showing a valid reason e.g. invitation letter from contact in Jamaica; proof of legal residency permit; proof of how you will support yourself during your visit to Jamaica; yellow fever vaccination certificate; other documentation which may be requested by the Consular Officer; requisite visa fee
Business Travellers > A letter from the company you represent in the country where you live and a letter from the company in Jamaica with which you will be consulting (both on company letterhead and signed by an authorised representative), stating (i) the exact nature of your business travel (ii) the period of time you will be spending in Jamaica (iii) whether or not you will be paid by the company in Jamaica or whether all your expenses will be paid by the company you represent in your country; a yellow fever vaccination certificate; other documentation which may be requested by the Consular Officer; requisite visa fee. Note: Any paid remuneration will require a work permit.
Students > A letter of acceptance from the institution where you will be studying in Jamaica stating the course you will be studying, and the expected period of studying; a medical certificate confirming that you are in good health and free of all communicable diseases; proof of how you will be supported financially while in Jamaica; a yellow fever vaccination certificate; other documentation which may be requested by the Consular Officer; requisite visa fee. After landing in Jamaica you are required to visit the Immigration Office to finalise your immigration status.
Missionaries, Charitable (NGO) Workers, Performing Artistes, Cultural Exchange Visitors > A letter from the Church or organisation in Jamaica with which you will be assigned; work permit letter from the Ministry of Labour and Social Security (this will be applied for by the Church or organisation in Jamaica with which you will work and a copy will be sent to you); other documentation which may be requested by the Consular Officer; yellow fever vaccination certificate; requisite visa fee. After landing in Jamaica you are required to visit the Immigration Office to finalise your immigration status.
Other Workers > A work permit letter letter from the Ministry of Labour and Social Security (this will be applied for by the organisation in Jamaica with which you will work and a copy will be sent to you); other documentation which may be requested by the Consular Officer; yellow fever vaccination certificate; requisite visa fee. After landing in Jamaica you are required to visit the Immigration Office to finalise your immigration status
Laissez-Passers accepted by Jamaica are: United Nations; European Union; Organisation of American States; INTERPOL. No visa is necessary for holders of these travel documents.
Cruise Ship Passengers > Persons travelling to Jamaica via cruise ship do not need a visa. They need a valid passport. However, if they plan travel to Jamaica via air in order to join a cruise then they may need a visa depending on the passport they hold.
Citizens of (British) Commonwealth Countries and Territories: : Unless otherwise indicated on the list, citizens of Commonwealth countries are normally exempt from visas. Regardless, citizens from these countries MUST show satisfactory proof to the Immigration Official to support the purpose for which they wish to enter Jamaica.
Citizens of certain Non-Commonwealth countries are permitted to enter Jamaica without a visa for stipulated periods for tourism, business, cultural exchanges (e.g. 14 days, 30 days, 60 days, 90 days and 180 days) but are required to have a visa if they need to stay beyond those periods indicated. This means they may visit Jamaica for several times up to 14 days, 30 days, 60 days, 90 days and 6 months in a calendar year, after which a visa is required. When visiting for other purposes e.g., study, work, reside permanently -- a visa is required. This also applies to dependents.
Where there is no other indication regarding a visa waiver for tourism, business, cultural exchange, diplomatic & service passport holders, a visa is necessary for the following purposes: business trips, work, research, internship, social work, technical assistance, missionary/religious assignment, artistic/cultural activities, assignment to diplomatic missions or international organisations.
Visa Waivers: "Periods up to” 30, 60, 90 or 180 days mean that within a calendar year from January – December, a person may visit Jamaica once or several times without a visa until they have attained the maximum days stipulated by the visa waiver corresponding to their country. E.g. one trip with a 21-day stay in January + a second trip with a 9-day stay in June = 30 days. After accumulating the 30 days, a visa will be required if the person wishes to take a third trip to Jamaica before December of the same year for the purpose stipulated by the waiver (tourism, business, cultural exchange, et cetera). The visitor may also apply for an extension of stay to attain the maximum number of days allowable (or more) through the Immigration Office – PICA.
Brazilian Citizens (Please read carefully all the points below)
- Diplomatic and Service (Official) Passport Holders: A visa is not required. However a letter may be requested from the Embassy to confirm the purpose of your trip (for example when travelling to Jamaica on official business, such as taking up an assignment in the Brazilian Embassy or to attend meetings, conferences or seminars).
- Regular (Ordinary) passport Holders: A visa is not required for tourism and business travel to Jamaica for a period not exceeding ninety (90) days, renewable for up to an additional ninety (90) days, provided that the total length of stay shall not exceed one hundred and eighty (180) days per year, from the date of first entry. ( See Here ). This means that on your first trip to Jamaica for the year, you will be granted a stay for no more than 90 days. If you wish to stay over 90 days you must apply at the Immigration Office (PICA) in Jamaica for an extension oftay before the number of days expire. The important point to note is that you can travel to Jamaica as often as you wish within a January – December period without a visa so long as all your stays do not exceed 180 days in total. Otherwise, a visa will be required before your next trip if it is to take place before January of the following year. The length of stay cannot exceed the validity of your passport.
- Business purposes: This means attending business meetings, concluding contracts, discussing projects, and other activities that do not include paid work or employment in Jamaica.
- Cruise passengers do not need a visa, only a valid passport.
- Brazilians will need a visa for these purposes: work (including diplomatic assignments to embassies or international organisations) research, internship, studying, social work, technical assistance, missionary, religious, and artistic/cultural activities; assignment to international organisation or NGO. All applications need supporting documents to justify the reason
- A Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is required.
- The cost of the visa is US$70.00 - US$60.00 plus a $10.00 administrative fee – which must be paid in cash
- Your passport must be valid for the length of time you intend to stay in Jamaica. This means that if you wish to stay in Jamaica for 60 days, the validity of your passport must cover the 60-day period on the date you land.
*** Please check the LIST of COUNTRIES to find out if you need a visa for the country’s passport that you hold.