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Jamaica has both a departure tax and a landing fee (aka arrival tax) for passengers who arrive by air. The next four sections describe the departure tax. The fifth section describes the landing fee and the sixth section describes tourist cards.
An airport departure tax of US$35 is payable when departing Jamaica. In most cases this tax is included in the cost of the airline ticket (paid in advance). See the following three sections for additional information based on if your flight is:
Note: The departure tax changed beginning June 1, 2016.
For passengers flying to the USA and Canada, the departure tax is included in the cost of the airline ticket (paid in advance when you purchase your airline ticket), if you are flying on a scheduled airline.
If a ticket on a scheduled airline is issued as part of a 'frequent flyer' program, the departure tax, in most cases, will be collected in advance (at the time of ticketing). Ask your airline about the taxes collected when using 'frequent flyer' miles to visit Jamaica.
Passengers flying to the UK on a scheduled airline may in some cases, but not all, be required to pay the departure tax in cash at departure time from Jamaica. Ask your airline or travel agent or other booking agent if the tax has been paid in advance or not. If it is not included in the ticket price then it is then payable on check-in at the Jamaican airport. Only cash, either Jamaican dollars or US dollars or English pounds (but not Scottish pounds), are accepted as payment.
If you are using a charter airline the departure tax will be included in the ticket price in most cases. In the case of a few charter flights it is not included in the ticket price and is payable on check-in at the Jamaican airport. Only cash, either Jamaican dollars or US dollars or English pounds (but not Scottish pounds), are accepted as payment. The current departure tax is US$35.
Note: The departure tax is specified by Jamaican law in US dollars (NOT Jamaican dollars). If you plan to pay in a currency other than US dollars, for example Jamaican dollars or English pounds, ask any Jamaican immigration officer for the departure tax rate in the currency you plan to use. Exchange rates change from time to time.
Note: If you must pay the tax on departure from Jamaica and plan to do so in any currency other than US dollars, then have the exact amount available.
Charter flight users should see their travel documentation or call their travel agent or call their charter flight operator to see if the departure tax has been paid in advance or not.
Package tours include a flight to/from Jamaica and a stay at a hotel, B&B, villa, etc. (and possibly other features such as transfers, car rental, etc.). If your flight to Jamaica is on a scheduled airline then see the 'Scheduled airlines' section above. If your flight to Jamaica is on a charter flight then see the 'Charter airlines' section above.
If you do not know if you are flying a scheduled airline or a chartered airline then call your travel agent or call the airline directly to see if the departure tax has been paid in advance (at the time of ticketing) or not.
In addition to a departure tax there is also a landing fee of $US20 for each passenger when arriving in Jamaica. This fee is normally, but not always, included in the price of each persons airline ticket (paid in advance).
Charter flight users should see their travel documentation or call their travel agent or call their charter flight operator to see if the landing fee has been paid in advance or not.
The official name for this tax is "Tourism Enhancement Fee".
There is no tourist card that needs to be purchased to enter or to leave Jamaica. There is, however, a free customs and immigration form, aka landing card, that is required to be filled out before you reach immigration. Copies of the customs and immigration for are normally handed out during the flight to Jamaica. Landing cards are also available at the airport on landing in Jamaica and may also be filled out at the airport when you arrive in Jamaica.