Embassy of Jamaica Tokyo, Japan

Consular Services - Visa

Visa Regulation for Jamaica

General
All visitors to Jamaica must possess a valid national passport or some form of travel document establishing nationality and identity, to which a photograph must be attached. The passport or other document should be valid for the intended period of stay in Jamaica. Visitors should also provide evidence of sufficient funds to support themselves during their stay and be in possession of a return ticket or a ticket to a third destination to which they are admissible.

The final decision on admission of a visitor to Jamaica and the duration of permissible stay rests with the Jamaican Immigration Officer at the port of entry. This applies whether or not a visa is a prerequisite for admission.

Visas are normally valid for a single entry within three (3) months of their date of issue.

Residents of Asian countries may submit visa applications to the Embassy of Jamaica in Tokyo or the nearest Jamaican Consulate in Asia.

Visa applications to the Embassy of Jamaica in Tokyo may be made in person or sent by registered mail, enclosing a return self-addressed stamped envelope.

Visa Applications not requiring the prior approval of the Ministry of National Security of Jamaica are normally processed by the Embassy of Jamaica in Tokyo within one (1) day. Applications which have to be referred to Jamaica for approval may take up to one (1) month or longer to be processed.

In the following cases, prior approval for the issue of the visa must be obtained from the Ministry of National Security in Jamaica.

  • Foreign nationals wishing to enter Jamaica for permanent residence;
  • Foreign nationals wishing to take up employment, set up business or engage in professional practice;
  • Holders of non-national travel documents, unless in possession of a valid re-entry permit to their country of residence and evidence of full payment of transportation to that country;
  • Nationals of certain countries.

Categories of Persons who DO NOT require a visa to enter Jamaica
Japanese nationals DO NOT require a visa to visit Jamaica for tourist or business purposes, provided that the intended period of stay does not exceed thirty (30) days.

Citizens of the United States of America and citizens of Commonwealth countries, with the exception of Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe, DO NOT require an entry visa for Jamaica for tourism, provided that the intended period of stay does not exceed six (6) months, or for business provided that the intended period of stay does not exceed thirty (30) days.

Cruise passengers of any nationality who only intend to remain in Jamaica during the stay of the vessel by which they arrive, DO NOT require a visa or passport to visit Jamaica.

Please click here for the full list of VISA REQUIREMENTS for Foreigners and Commonwealth Nationals Entering Jamaica.

It is strongly recommended that prospective visitors consult with the closest Jamaican Embassy or Jamaican Consulate in advance of their visit, as this list is subject to change without notice.


Categories of Persons who DO require a visa to enter Jamaica
Japanese nationals who propose to visit Jamaica for tourism or business for periods in excess of 30 days, or as students.

Please click here for the full list of VISA REQUIREMENTS for Foreigners and Commonwealth Nationals Entering Jamaica.

It is strongly recommended that prospective visitors consult with the closest Jamaican Embassy or Jamaican Consulate in advance of their visit, as this list is subject to change without notice.


VISA APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Tourist and Transit Visas
To apply for a tourist or transit visa please submit the following:

  • Completed visa application form (pdf format*);
  • Two (2) Passport-sized photographs;
  • Copy of travel itinerary or return ticket;
  • Bank Statement;
  • Valid Passport;
  • Payment of ¥ 3,000.

Nationals of Taiwan MUST complete a Form of Affidavit (on which the visa will be issued), and submit one additional photograph.

Student Visas
To apply for a student visa please submit the following:

  • Completed visa application form (pdf format*);
  • Two (2) Passport-sized photographs;
  • Copy of travel itinerary or return ticket valid for one (1) year;
  • Bank statement;
  • Valid Passport;
  • Letter of acceptance from the school or institution which the student will be attending;
  • Payment of ¥ 3,000

Diplomatic and Official Visas
Diplomatic and Official Passport holders should submit the following:

  • Completed visa application form (pdf format*);
  • National passport valid for at least six (6) months;
  • Note Verbale from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Mission to which the applicant is attached, stating the purpose and intended period of visit;
  • Two (2) Passport-sized photographs.

Diplomatic and official Visas are granted free of charge.

Business Visas
To apply for a business visa please submit the following:

  • Completed visa application form (pdf format*);
  • Two (2) Passport-sized photographs;
  • Copy of travel itinerary or return ticket;
  • Company letter and/or Bank Statement;
  • Valid Passport;
  • Work permit issued by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security of Jamaica in the case of employment and/or establishment of a business in Jamaica;
  • Payment of ¥ 5,000.

How to fill in Visa Application Formービザ申請書記入例.pdf

PLEASE NOTE THAT AS OF MONDAY, 10TH DECEMBER 2012, THE PROCESSING TIME FOR ALL VISA APPLICATIONS WILL BE 3-5 BUSINESS DAYS.

Nationals of countries who would not normally require a visa for Jamaica may travel to Jamaica on short term business WITHOUT a visa for a period not exceeding thirty (30) days.


Work Permit
Persons who propose to accept employment in Jamaica must provide evidence that a work permit has been issued to them by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security of Jamaica before entering the country. The work permit application is normally made by the prospective employer.

Work permit application procedures and application form may be obtained from:
https://www.mlss.gov.jm/departments/work-permit-2

A waiver of work permit may be made for journalists/filming crew who wish to work in Jamaica for less than thirty (30) days within a calendar year, whether or not those thirty days run consecutively. Additional information may be obtained from: http://www.filmjamaica.com/production/guide.

A Police Clearance Certificate must be submitted to the Ministry of Labour and Social Security of Jamaica in order to obtain a Jamaican work permit.

How to obtain a Police Clearance Certificate in Japan
Persons who wish to obtain a Jamaican work permit must submit a Japanese Police Clearance Certificate to the Ministry of Labour and Social Security of Jamaica. Please refer to the following website for the procedures: http://www.keishicho.metro.tokyo.jp/tetsuzuki/toko/toko.html

In order to satisfy the Japanese Police Department of the need for the Police Clearance Certificate, it is necessary to submit a letter from the Embassy of Jamaica along with your application. In order to obtain this letter, please complete the attached form and return it by mail to the Embassy of Jamaica, along with a copy of data page of your passport and fee of ¥ 2,000.


The Ministry of Health advises:

1.Only individuals travelling directly from countries listed on the World Health Organization (WHO) 2018, list of countries requiring Yellow Fever vaccines are required to provide proof of vaccination for entry in accordance with the WHO guidance on this matter.

2.Persons transiting through countries listed by the WHO as requiring yellow fever vaccination will not be required to provide proof of vaccination if their stay is for 12 hours or less.

3. Those arriving from a country designated by the WHO, as having active yellow fever transmission but not experiencing a current outbreak and are not in possession of a yellow fever vaccination certificate, will be interviewed and screened for symptoms. If found to be asymptomatic, they can be landed, given a health alert card and advised to immediately contact the nearest health department should any symptoms develop. For persons who are symptomatic, further investigations will be carried out, which may include refused landing or quarantine and examination by a physician to rule out yellow fever.

4.At this time anyone arriving from Angola directly or indirectly must provide proof of yellow fever vaccination.

Please refer to the updated WHO link for countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and countries requiring yellow fever vaccination at: https://www.who.int/ith/ith-yellow-fever-annex1.pdf

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