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.

Departure tax

An airport departure tax of J$1800 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.

Scheduled airlines

For passengers flying to the USA and Canada, the departure tax is included in the cost of the airline ticket (paid in advance), 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 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. The tax is equal to about $US18 or about £11 depending on the exchange rate on the day you depart from Jamaica, so check with the airline when you reconfirm your return flight, as to what the exact amount is in the foreign currency, (if you plan to pay in other than Jamaican dollars), that you plan to use. 

Note: If you must pay the departure tax and plan to do so in a foreign currency, any currency other than Jamaican dollars, then have the exact amount available. Change may not be given when you pay the tax at the airport using a foreign currency. In general, if you must pay the departure tax in cash at the airport it is better to pay the tax in Jamaican dollars rather than in any foreign currency.

Charter airlines

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 tax is equal to about $US18 or about £11 depending on the exchange rate on the day you depart from Jamaica, so check with the airline when you reconfirm your return flight, as to what the exact amount is in the foreign currency, (if you plan to pay in other than Jamaican dollars), that you plan to use.

Note: If you must pay the tax on departure from Jamaica and plan to do so in a foreign currency, any currency other than Jamaican dollars, then have the exact amount available. Change may not be given when you pay the tax at the airport using a foreign currency. In general, if you must pay the departure tax in cash at the airport it is better to pay the tax in Jamaican dollars rather than in any foreign currency.

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

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 or not.

Landing fee

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".

Tourist card

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.