Customs and Duty Free



If you are traveling to Jamaica you may be wondering what items you are allowed to take through customs and duty free items that are allowed, and what aren’t.

What does Customs and Duty Free mean?

Customs:

Customs is an authority in a country responsible for collecting, safeguarding and controlling the flow of goods, animals, personal effects and hazardous items in and out of a country.

Duty Free:

Duty-free means that you don’t have to pay any local or national tax on the item(s) you buy.

Here is a list of what you are allowed and not allowed to take through customs when entering Jamaica:

  • Tobacco.................200 cigarettes or 50 cigars
  • Liquor.....................2 liters of spirits and 2 liters of wine (rum is prohibited)
  • Perfume..................340 ml of eau de toilette and 150 grams of perfume
  • Goods.....................up to a value of $150 (Jamaican Dollars)
  • Cameras..................no restrictions
  • Film........................reasonable for personal use
  • Prescription drugs.....must be accompanied by an official prescription (original bottle received from pharmacy)
  • Prohibited items........Explosives, firearms, dangerous drugs (including marijuana), meat, flowers, fresh fruit, rum, vegetables (unless canned), coffee of any form and honey.

Here is a list of what U.S. citizens are allowed and not allowed to bring back into the United States

  • Liquor....................1 liter (if you are 21 or older)
  • Tobacco................200 cigarettes and 100 non-cuban cigars
  • Goods....................usually up to a value of $800 US Dollars
  • Prohibited items.......many fruits and vegetables (either prohibited or require an import permit), explosives, firearms, most meats, fish and wildlife

To avoid any confusion and to save you time during customs, the customs boarder patrol (CBP) recommends that you register items before you leave the United States. This is a way for you to prove that you owned the item before you leaf the United States. This is particularly important for foreign made items such as laptops and watches.

Here is the website to register your items, for United States citizens: CBP.gov

**Note – Although ganja (marijuana) is highly common in Jamaica it is still illegal. If you try to leave the country with it, there will be harsh penalties. There are drug-sniffing dogs at every airport and harbor, and it is highly common for your luggage to be searched.

Please keep in mind that since customs regulations are subject to change at any time, it is best to check with your country’s specific entry requirements before you leave.

Customs Websites

Jamaica

United States

United Kingsom

Canada




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