Jamaica is a country situated in the Caribbean and it is the third-largest country in the Caribbean. Since the country is an Island you can expect exotic beaches and fun spots for sightseeing. Jamaicans are happy and welcoming people, therefore, you are sure to enjoy your stay in the country. No doubt, because of its cultural heritage and resources, Jamaica sees a lot of international visitors. Although small the country’s cultural influence has been immense.
Recent records show that the average number of international visitors to Jamaica since 1995 till date is at about 232,290 visitors. You can be sure that Jamaica will continuously have more international visitors because of its beauty and heritage.
For Bangladeshis planning to visit, enter, do business, or transit through Jamaica do not need to obtain a visa as the Government of Jamaica offers Bangladeshis visa-free entry.
Jamaican Visa Types, Processing Time And Duration
|Tourist||15 to 20 days||14 to 30 Days|
|Entry (Student)||15 to 20 days||Valid for the period of study|
|Entry (Work)||15 to 20 days||As stipulated in the confirmation letter|
|Entry (Spouse of Jamaican National)||15 to 20 days||As agreed upon in the visa application process|
|Entry (Permanent Resident)||15 to 20 days||Permanent residency|
Suggested Visa Type for Different Individuals:
If you are planning to visit Jamaica but do not know which visa type to apply for, check below to see which of the visa types fits into your need.
- Tourist Visa: If you are planning to go on a vacation in Jamaica, the perfect visa you should obtain is the tourist visa. An important criterion in obtaining this visa is that you need to provide a confirmed round-trip or onward airline ticket.
- Entry (work) Visa: If you want to enter into Jamaica to work, you need to obtain this visa type. However, you will need to provide a valid letter from the Ministry of Labour approving your work permit or granting you an exemption.
- Entry (student) visa: If you are planning to study in one of Jamaica’s schools, the right visa to obtain is the student visa. Although you will need to provide a valid proof of admission from the school.
- Entry (Spouse of Jamaican National) Visa: This visa type is perfect for anyone planning to visit his/her Jamaican spouse. You will be required to provide a valid certificate of marriage.
- Entry (Permanent Residency) Visa: If you wish to permanently live in Jamaica, you will need to obtain this visa type. However, you are required to either be working in Jamaica for three years or more, married to a Jamaican National, eligible for retirement or a previous holder of the Unconditional Landing status given by virtue of marriage to a Jamaican national.
General Requirements for Jamaican Visa for Bangladeshis:
- You must have a valid passport or another acceptable travel document
- Your passport must have more than 60 days to expiration date from the day of entry.
- You must be able to provide a signed and completed Immigration Landing Card.
- You must provide a valid Certificate of Identity.
- You must be able to provide a completed visa application form.
- A valid medical certificate indicating you are free from any contagious disease if you are coming from areas affected by pandemic diseases.
- Sufficient funds for the visa fee and period of stay in the country.
How to Apply for Jamaican Visa:
Planning on applying for a Jamaican visa, follow these simple steps listed below;
- Step 1: Ensure you have satisfied all the general requirements and have all the required documents ready.
- Step 2: Download the visa application form from the Republic of Serbia Ministry of Foreign Affairs website and it out accurately and completely.
- Step 3: Visit the nearest Jamaican diplomatic-consular or embassy to you.
- Step 4: Pay the visa fee.
- Step 5: Go for your scheduled visa interview/appointment.
- Step 6: Wait for your visa application process to be completed.
To fill out the Jamaican visa form, download the form using this link: https://www.congenjamaica-ny.org/wp-content/members/admin/assets/pdf/JamaicanVisaApplicationForm.pdf
After you have downloaded the application form, you just need to correctly fill it out. Therefore, you submit the form with the other requirements to the closest diplomatic-consular or embassy to you. Additionally, you need to know that the consulate/embassy can ask you for extra documents and if you didn’t fill out the application form completely or correctly your visa application can be declined.
- This visa is valid for anyone planning to go on a vacation to Jamaica.
- The visa comes with a validity period of 14 to 30 days depending on the agreed date during the visa application process. The application process is typically 15 to 20 business days and it has both single entry and multiple entries sub-types.
- However, you are not permitted to do any kind of job with this visa.
- One major criterion required for this visa type is that you provide a valid return and round-trip ticket.
Entry (Work) Visa:
- If you want to work in Jamaica, you need to obtain a work visa.
- The validity period of this visa is dependent on the agreed date during the visa application process. Moreover, after three years you are eligible to apply for a permanent residency in Jamaica.
- With this visa, you are eligible to work and live in any part of the country.
- The most important requirement for this visa type is that you provide a valid letter from the Jamaican Ministry of Labour approving work permit or exemption.
Entry (Student) Visa:
- Do you want to study in Jamaica? The right visa to apply for is the student visa.
- The visa comes with a validity period that covers the study period. The application process is typically 15 to 20 business days.
- This visa gives you the ability to study in Jamaica.
- One major criterion required for this visa type is that you provide a valid Letter from the educational institution you gained admission indicating your purpose and length of stay in Jamaica
Entry (Spouse of Jamaican National) Visa:
- If you want to live with your spouse in Jamaica, this is the visa you need to obtain.
- With this visa, you can gain permanent residency in Jamaica and will also be able to work in the country.
- To obtain this kind of visa, you need to provide a valid marriage certificate, a valid copy of your spouse’s passport and birth certificate.
Entry (Permanent Residency) Visa:
- If you to wish to work and live permanently in Jamaica, you need to apply for the permanent residency visa.
- With this visa, you are eligible to permanently reside and work in Jamaica.
- This visa type is only applicable for anyone who is married to a Jamaican, has worked in Jamaica for more than three years, wants to retire, or is a holder of the Unconditional Landing Status.
- One major requirement you need to qualify for this visa is to provide either valid copy of your Jamaican spouse’s birth certificate and Jamaican passport or a valid Letter from Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency in Jamaica.
Jamaican Visa fees
|Visa Type||Total fees for a single entry ($)||Total fees for multiple entries ($)|
|Entry (Spouse of Jamaican National)||Free||Free|
|Entry (Permanent Residence)||Free||Free|
Reasons for Visa Denial/Rejection:
Your visa might be rejected or denied based on but not limited to the following reasons;
- Provision of an invalid document.
- Not enough funds for the speculated period of stay.
- When the requirements by the transit country are not met.
- If you cannot provide a valid certificate of vaccination or other proof of sound health when you are coming from areas affected by pandemic diseases determined by the Ministry of Health;
- If he/she has an international criminal record.
- If the authorities have any reason to believe he/she would exceed the number of days specified in the visa application form.
To avoid your visa being rejected you need to ensure that:
- Your visa application is properly and correctly filled.
- You are providing only valid documents.
- You have sufficient funds to sustain you throughout your period of stay.
- You have not falsified any part of your document or certificate.
Jamaican Visa Application Centres and Embassies in Bangladesh
Unfortunately, there are no Jamaican embassies or diplomatic-consulates located in Bangladesh. Hence, any Bangladeshi planning on travelling to Jamaica needs to obtain their visa from the nearest Jamaican consulate in neighbouring countries such as India, Pakistan, or the Philippines.
Frequently Asked Questions:
In case of stolen or lost visa, what should I do?
If in any case your visa gets lost, the first step you should take is reporting to the Police or the appropriate authority. Then, you can apply for a new visa at the nearest Jamaican embassy or consulate.
Can I apply for a work permit with my tourist visa?
Yes. If during your visit to Jamaica you got a job offer, the company offering you the job can apply for a work permit on your behalf to the Ministry of Labour and Social Security or you can submit your application to the ministry.
What are the biggest misconceptions most foreigners have about Jamaica?
One of the biggest misconceptions is that most foreigners have is that most, if not all Jamaicans are Rastafarians. Which is completely not true because the amount of Rastafarians in Jamaican are few. Another misconception is the use of marijuana; the truth is that marijuana is as accepted as most people think. Although it is in vast quantity and very cheap.
What is the crime rate in Jamaica?
Recently, the crime rate in Jamaica has increased, therefore, foreigners visiting the country need to avoid going out at night alone. Also, you should ensure that when visiting inner cities, you have a Jamaican national with you at all time.