Diplomatic Representation in US:
Ambassador: Anthony Johnson
Embassy: 1520 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036
Telephone:  (202) 452-0660
FAX:  (202) 452-0081
US Diplomatic Representation:
Ambassador: Pamela Bridgewater
Embassy: 142 Old Hope Road, Kingston 6;
Mailing Address: use embassy street address
Telephone: (876) 702-6000
FAX: (876) 702-6001.
Consulate(s) General are in:
842 Ingraham Bldg., 25 2nd Av., S.E.,
Miami, FL 33131.
767 3rd Av.,
New York, NY 10017.
Jamaica has diplomatic relations with most nations and is a member of the United Nations and the Organization of American States. It was an active participant in the April 2001 Quebec Summit of the Americas. Jamaica is an active member of the British Commonwealth, the Non-Aligned Movement, the G-15, and the G-77. Jamaica is a beneficiary of the Cotonou Conventions, through which the European Union (EU) grants trade preferences to selected states in Asia, the Caribbean, and the Pacific.
Historically, Jamaica has had close ties with the U.K., but trade, financial, and cultural relations with the United States are now predominant. Jamaica is linked with the other countries of the English-speaking Caribbean through the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), and more broadly through the Association of Caribbean States (ACS).
The United States maintains close and productive relations with the Government of Jamaica. In April 2009, President Barack Obama attended the Fifth Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago, along with the 33 other democratically elected heads of state and government of the Western Hemisphere, including Jamaica. Regional leaders met to forge partnerships and joint approaches to work on the common challenges facing the people of the Americas--the economic crisis, our energy and climate future, and public safety. Beyond regional fora, U.S. and Jamaican officials continue to work productively on joint priorities, including security, economic development, and trade.
The United States is Jamaica's most important trading partner: in 2010 U.S. exports to Jamaica were $1.635 billion and Jamaican exports to the U.S. were $335 million. Jamaica is a popular destination for American tourists; nearly 2 million Americans visited in 2010. In addition, some 10,000 American citizens, including many dual-nationals born on the island, permanently reside in Jamaica.
The Government of Jamaica also seeks to attract U.S. investment and supports efforts to create a Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). More than 80 U.S. firms have operations in Jamaica, and total U.S. investment is estimated at more than $3 billion. The U.S. Embassy's Political/Economic section assists American businesses seeking trade opportunities in Jamaica. The country is a beneficiary of the Caribbean Basin Trade Partner Act (CBTPA). The American Chamber of Commerce, which also is available to assist U.S. business in Jamaica, has offices in Kingston.
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) assistance to Jamaica since its independence in 1962 has contributed to reducing the population growth rate, the attainment of higher standards in a number of critical health indicators, and the diversification and expansion of Jamaica's export base. USAID’s primary objective in Jamaica is to increase peace and security through reducing crime and corruption. Other key objectives include fostering broad-based economic growth, strengthening the primary educational system, improving the profitability and competitiveness of key agricultural crops, and reducing the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in most-at-risk populations. In fiscal year 2011, USAID/Jamaica operated a program totaling more than $30 million in development assistance.
The Peace Corps has been in Jamaica continuously since 1962. Since then, more than 3,300 volunteers have served in the country. Today, the Peace Corps works in the following projects: Youth-at-Risk, which includes adolescent reproductive health, HIV/AIDS education, and the needs of marginalized males; water sanitation, which includes rural waste water solutions and municipal waste water treatment; and environmental education, which helps address low levels of awareness and strengthens environmental nongovernmental organizations. The Peace Corps in Jamaica fields about 70 volunteers who work throughout the island.
Jamaica is also a transit point for cocaine trafficked from South America, accounting for an estimated 1% of the total documented drug flow to the United States. The volume of cocaine traffic remains lower than its sub-regional neighbors, and during 2009 Jamaica did not experience a notable increase over the previous year. Jamaica remains the Caribbean's largest producer and exporter of marijuana.
Principal U.S. Officials
Deputy Chief of Mission--Isiah Parnell
Economic/Political Section Chief--Alexander Martschenko
USAID Mission Director--Karen Hilliard
Chief, Military Liaison Office and Defense Attache--LTC Robert Wagner
Consul General--David Stone
Public Affairs Officer--Yolonda Kearney
Peace Corps Director--Carla Ellis
The U.S. Embassy in Jamaica is at 142 Old Hope Road, Kingston 6; tel: (876) 702-6000; fax: (876) 702-6001.
To obtain the latest Travel Advisory Information for Jamaica check the U.S. State Department Consular Information Sheet.
Driving U.S Driving Permit accepted
Currency (JMD) Jamaican Dollar
Electrical 110 Volts
Telephones Country Code 876
80 to 86 degrees at sea level year round. Monthly temperature range is less than 6 degrees. Nights and heights are always cooler
Jamaican food is somewhat spicier than American-similar to the Cajun dishes found in New Orleans. One popular dish is called "jerk" which is a spicy chicken, pork or fish barbecued over wood. Other dishes you may want to try are curried goat, ackee and salt fish, rice and beans, beef patties or a refreshing rum punch drink!
Jamaica is slightly smaller than Connecticut 150 miles long and 50 miles north to south. Its mountains run throughout its length; highest point 7,402 feet.
English is spoken; however the local dialect is patios, a combination of English and Creole. If someone says Wha a hoppin' (what's happening), you just say irie (everything is cool). Some of their expressions are quite interesting i.e., a sleeping policeman is a speed bump.
There are facilities in all major resort areas, and drug stores for pharmaceuticals. Private doctors and dentists are also available throughout the island. Most large hotels have a resident doctor on call.
Crafts Markets: woods, straw, beads, embroidery. In Bond: gold, silver, China, electronic equipment. Other: Jamaican rum, liqueur, perfumes, Blue Mountain coffee
Tobacco..............................200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 grams tobacco
Liquor..................................2 litres of spirits (excluding rum) and 2 litres of wine
Perfume..............................340ml of eau de toilette and 150 grams of perfume
Goods.................................up to a value of j$150
Film....................................reasonable for personal use
Agricultural items/currency/gifts...refer psgr to consulate
Prohibited items...................explosives, firearms, dangerous drugs (including marijuana), meat, flowers, fresh fruit, rum, vegetables (unless canned), coffee of any form and honey cannot be brought into jamaica. cats and dogs are also prohibited unless arriving directly from the uk, having been born and bred there, carrying a certificate from the ministry of agriculture, fisheries and food (hook rise, tolworth, surbition, surrey) and if a permit for their import has been obtained from the ministry of agriculture, hope gardens, kingston 6.