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It is easy to wax lyrical about the island of Jamaica in the north of the Caribbean. The glorious glow of its sunsets, the unique and engaging ways of its people, the alluring white sandy beaches and lush green mountains, the sparkling waterfalls. All can inspire the poet in anyone. The beauty of this island paradise has drawn visitors for centuries: first it was the wealthy few who were privileged to enjoy the unspoilt tropical delights of Jamaica. Today the northern and western coastlines of the island bristle with tourist resorts and 'all-inclusive' hotels, and natural attractions have been commercialised to cope with the crowds and make the most out of the tourists.

 

Somehow the commercialisation has not spoiled Jamaica, however. It still presents a magnificent kaleidoscope of colour and beauty that makes holidaymakers sad to leave, and vow to return.

 

The name Jamaica originates from the pre-colonial native inhabitants, the Arawak Indians, to whom 'Xaymaca' meant 'land of wood and water'. There is little left of the Indian culture: after being discovered by Columbus in 1494 Jamaica was ruled by the Spanish for 150 years, and then by the British for the next 300 years. Independence came in 1962 to the Jamaican people who are now a warm blend of different cultures and nationalities, though significantly African based because of the influence of the imported slaves, who endeavoured to keep their tribal traditions alive while being forced to labour on the island plantations.

 

There is, however, a little trouble in paradise: the Jamaican people on the whole are poor, and very reliant on tourism for their living. Some visitors object to being harassed by vendors, unlicensed taxi drivers, hair braiders and the like. Crime is also a problem. These minor irritations however should not keep anyone away from savouring the spirit of Jamaica, which is as rich as the lilt of the local patois and the rhythms of the reggae music for which the island is famous.

 

Tourist Offices - Jamaican Tourist Office: +1 876 929 9200 or www.jamaicatravel.com

 

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Entry Requirements

 

All visitors must hold sufficient funds to cover period of intended stay, as well as an onward or return ticket to country of permanent residence and documents required for next destination.


- For Australians - Australian citizens require a valid passport, but a visa is not required.


- New Zealand citizens must have a valid passport. No visa is required.


- United States citizens must have a valid passport. An original Birth Certificate or Certificate of Citizenship/Naturalization, along with an official photo ID, are also accepted if the reason for travel is tourism. No visa is required if travel is for tourism (up to a stay of 6 months). If travelling on business, a passport and visa are required.


- United States citizens must have a valid passport. An original Birth Certificate or Certificate of Citizenship/Naturalization, along with an official photo ID, are also accepted if the reason for travel is tourism. No visa is required if travel is for tourism (up to a stay of 6 months). If travelling on business, a passport and visa are required.


- British nationals must have a valid passport. No visa is required (irrespective of endorsements).

 

Jamaica Holidays - Currency of Jamaica

 

The Jamaican Dollar (JMD) is divided into 100 cents. The island is well supplied with ATMs, banks and bureaux de change. Banking hours are usually Monday to Thursday 9am to 2pm, and Friday 9am to 4pm. Cambio exchange offices are found throughout the country, open later than banks and offer better exchange rates. Retain receipts as proof of legal currency exchange. Exchange bureaux at the airports and hotels also offer better rates than banks. Major credit cards and travellers cheques are widely accepted. Both cash and travellers cheques are best taken in US Dollars.

 

Jamaica Telephone Access Codes and Communications

 

The international access code for Jamaica is +1, in common with the US, Canada and most of the Caribbean, followed by 876. The outgoing code is 011 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 01144 for the United Kingdom); the outgoing code is not needed when calling the US or Canada. City or area codes are not required. Direct international telephone services are available, and operators can also facilitate calls. The local mobile phone operators use various networks, including GSM, which is compatible with most international networks. Internet cafes are available in the main towns and resorts, and access is also available from most hotels and parish libraries.

 

Jamaica Duty Free Allowances & Restrictions

 

Travellers to Jamaica over 18 years do not have to pay duty on 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 227g other tobacco products; 946ml alcoholic beverages and wine; perfume up to 150g; and goods for personal consumption to the value of J$500. Prohibited items include products from goatskin (e.g. drums, handbags and rugs).

 

Jamaica Holidays & Packages- Tipping Information

 

Outside the all-inclusive resorts, where tips are part of the package, visitors should tip 10-15% for taxis, personal services, room service and restaurants where a service charge is not already included in the bill. Parking attendants, bellboys and porters also expect a tip; US$1 per bag/drink is customary.

 

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