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Canada enjoys close and wide-ranging bilateral relations with Jamaica. Jamaica has remained the key and longstanding partner for Canada. The two countries relate in terms of trade and investment, development, and security and defense cooperation.

Moreover, Canada relates to Jamaica in people-to-people links including human rights, security, development, and education. Hundreds of thousands of Canadians visit Jamaica every year for various purposes such as trade, tourism and so forth.

A lot of Canadians think that their provincial plan will cover them while in Jamaica but this is not true. Before traveling to Jamaica, you need to have appropriate Jamaica travel insurance to protect you and your families against injury, illness or medical emergencies while out of the country.

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Basic Information About Jamaica

Some important information on Jamaica Travel Insurance that we think you’ll want to know before you travel.

Name Value
Currency Jamaican  dollar
Official languages English and Jamaican Patois
Capital Kingston
Continent North America (The Caribbean)
Population Approx. 3 million
Plug type Plug type A and B
Driving side Left-hand side
Seasons
  • Spring – March to May
  • Summer – June to August
  • Autumn – September to November
  • Winter – December to February
Laws Local laws and customs

 

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Jamaica Security Measures for travelers

The decision to visit Jamaica is yours and you are responsible to ensure your own safety while in Jamaica. Since we care about your safety abroad, we provide reliable and credible information in our Travel Advice that would be relevant for you in making a well-informed decision as regards traveling abroad.

Risk Level

Jamaica – Exercise a high degree of caution

Due to the high level of violent crime in Jamaica, you need to exercise a high degree of caution.

Travel Health Notice – Zika Virus

The Public Health Agency of Canada advises travelers against the Zika virus. It is recommended that you take appropriate health precautions when traveling to Jamaica and other affected countries.

Entry / Exit requirements

Jamaica, just like other countries of the world, has the right to decide who exits or enters its territory. The Canadian Government will not come in on your behalf if you do not meet the entry or exit requirement for Jamaica.

The information on this page was obtained from the Jamaican authorities, however, it can change at any time. Moreover, you can verify the information with foreign diplomatic missions and consulates in Canada.

Passport

The entry requirement applicable for you depends on the type of passport you hold. Find out about your passport requirement from your transportation company before you travel.

  • Regular Canadian Passport – You need to hold a passport valid for the length of time you expect to stay in Jamaica.
  • Official Canadian Passport – Different rules may apply. Learn more about official travel here.
  • Other travel documents – The entry rule applicable when traveling to Jamaica may be different if you have an emergency travel document or a temporary passport. Contact the closest diplomatic mission for Jamaica before you travel to learn more about the applicable entry rule.

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Jamaica Healthcare

Public and private healthcare services are available in Jamaica. However, the available facilities may not be up to Canada’s standard and treatment could also be expensive if you don’t have Jamaica travel insurance. Some hospitals may ask for cash payment for their services; so, you need to ensure that you have enough money to cover expenses and the appropriate insurance in place.

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Jamaica Travel Insurance News

Following a state of emergency declared in St. James Parish as a result of the high rate of violent crime, a military presence was found in Montego Bay, the popular Jamaican tourist destination.

As a result, the Government of Canada is advising Canadians to exercise a high degree of caution when traveling to Jamaica, especially St. James Parish. But Dana Sokoloski, CAA travel consultant, said they have not seen much concern in their office at Regina.

Sokoloski added that the situation has not really affected anything as far as travel is concerned. Most airlines and tour lines are still traveling to Montego Bay which is likely the biggest destination in the Caribbean.

According to a local report, 335 murders were reported in St. James Parish in 2017. Canadians who travel to the location are advised to remain in their resort during the state of emergency and advisory. Also, a curfew was implemented. Sokoloski added that travelers should keep safety in mind while traveling abroad. She added that people will likely be safe if they remained in their resort or tour groups.

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Jamaica Travel Insurance FAQ

Do you need a Visa for travelling to Jamaica?

Canadians tourists do not need a visa to enter Jamaica for stays less than six months. When visiting Jamaica, you will be granted visitor landed status for 90 days but you are required to seek an extension if you are planning to stay longer. However, you need a visa for work, visa, and study in Jamaica.

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Can I buy multiple travel insurance policies?

You may be able to purchase multiple travel insurance policies if you are not satisfied with the benefits offered by a single policy. However, the multiple policies should be purchased from different providers, however, you are not allowed to double dip when purchasing multiple policies.

Does travel insurance cover doctor visits?

Jamaica travel insurance policies cover outpatient services including doctor visits. You never know, you may have a need to visit a doctor when you travel to Jamaica and the medical cost could be high if you don’t have coverage.

Can I buy travel insurance the day I leave?

Most travel insurance providers offer coverage that can be purchased before you leave Canada. However, some policies allow you to purchase coverage the day you leave or later and you can even manage your policy the way you want.

How long does a travel insurance claim take?

The type of claim you intend to make determine the length of time it will take you to receive an outcome. However, you should receive an outcome within 10-14 business days if you provide the necessary documents to your travel insurer.