Passport and visa– All visitors are required to travel with a return ticket, a valid passport and present a valid document as evidence of their identity and nationality. Check the details here.
Currency – The official currency is the Jamaican dollar. Licensed cambio centers and commercial banks are accessible in all resort areas. The official currency exchange rates vary daily, so it’s advisable to shop around for the best rate. Most Jamaican ATMs accept international credit cards.
Language – Officially, the country speaks English but they mix it up with their own island version of patois. English was introduced into Jamaica in 1655, because of the colonisation by Britain. However. there are several language varieties that have significantly impacted their dialect of English.
Tipping – Jamaicans always expect tips in the restaurant even though a service charge was already included in the bills. 10-18% is recommended.
Population – The current population of Jamaica is ~3M.
Eletricity –The electrical supply in Jamaica is 110 volts and electrical appliances use plugs that are two-pronged and flat (similar to the United States and Canada).
Economy – The economy of Jamaica is heavily reliant on services- 70% of the country’s GDP. The country has natural resources and a climate conducive to agriculture and tourism. Sugar, and bananas are the main products.
Time Zone – – Jamaica falls within the Eastern Time Zone (UTC/GMT -5 Hours) and does not observe Daylight Savings Time. Year-round, the island averages between 11.5 and 12.5 hours of sunlight per day and does not experience drastic seasonal changes in sunrise and sunset times.
DRUGS – In Jamaica, the use, sale and possession of drugs such as ganja (marijuana), cocaine, crack, ecstasy, heroin and any other controlled substance is illegal.