Travel To Jamaica

Written by Patricia Tunstall
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Travel to Jamaica is easy because this island is one of the world's premier vacation spots, so transportation by air and sea is plentiful. Most visitors arrive by air at one of the two international airports at Kingston and Montego Bay. Ocho Rios on the north coast only has a small airport that cannot handle international flights; however, most large hotels and resorts will have a driver pick you up at Montego Bay (possibly with an ice chest filled with bottled water and Red Stripe, the local beer) and drive you to your lodgings in Ocho Rios.

Ocho Rios is one of the most popular ports for cruise ships in the Caribbean, and if your itinerary is full of stops at other islands, you might not mind only spending a short time on Jamaica. If you have planned on Jamaica vacations, however, transportation by sea is a romantic, leisurely means of reaching the island. Travel to Jamaica is convenient, and entry into the country is easy for visitors from the United States and Canada.

Travel to Jamaica from North America

Tourists should always check information about Jamaican vacations before they actually leave to ensure its accuracy. Several websites are invaluable: those of the United States Department of State, the Jamaican Embassy in Washington, D.C., and tourism websites that are informational. The main thing to know is that American and Canadian citizens do not need passports, but must have proof of citizenship or permanent residency.

Passports are always the best document to carry, but an original birth certificate (or certified copy), plus photo ID, should be fine. Visitors also need to show a return or ongoing ticket. Each visitor receives an immigration card, which must be returned to Jamaican authorities upon leaving the island. Information about travel to Jamaica includes tips, such as Jamaica being an exception to the general rule that small Caribbean nations do not conduct in-depth customs searches.


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