Jamaican flowers for my wedding

by Anonymous
(UK)

QUESTION:


Hi, I am getting married in Jamaica in June 09 and I am planning on making my own wedding flowers. What are the flowers available in Jamaica in June?

I was thinking of roses are all colours available.





ANSWER: May-04-2009 by Wellesley Gayle




Hi there,

A hearty congratulations on your wedding. I wish you and yours the very best!

One of my co-writers, Tracie had helped me to create this page about flowers in Jamaica but unfortunately, I don't know much more. You might want to try the hotel's guest services department to see if they can give you some insight.

If you have a local wedding coordinator, he or she should be able to provide you with such information as well.

By the way, you are welcome to take a look at my marriage in Jamaica page for a little more information on weddings here.

Stay in touch


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Why is Devon House in Kingston a Place of Interest?

by Kimeler Kerr
(Kingston, Jamaica)

QUESTION:

Write four (4) sentences telling why it is a place of interest?

ANSWER: May-29-2009 by Wellesley Gayle




Hi Kimeler,

I pulled this from my Famous Places in Jamaica page:

"In the late 19th century, the corner of Trafalgar and Hope Roads in Kingston was known as millionaire's Corner.

There, three of the island's richest men had built mansions; The Verley Family's Abbey Court, Daniel Finzi's Reka Dom and George Steibel's Devon House.

The Abbey Court was demolished in the early 1960's and the Reka Dom was transformed into the YMCA.

It was the vision of the then Minister of Development and Welfare, Edward Seaga, that saved the building. Devon House was later purchased by the government.

It is said its' significance lies in the fact that George Steibel was the first black millionaire in Jamaica. (His mother was a housekeeper)"...Full Review Here.


Hope that helps.
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Mrs. Brown's Tea House in Jamaica

by Scott
(Clearwater, FL)

QUESTION:

I am coming to Jamaica for a vacation and heard about Mrs. Brown's Tea house but cannot find any info about it. Does it really exist?




ANSWER: July-25-2009 by Wellesley Gayle


Hi Scott,

First, congrats on your vacation. Good choice, I am sure it will be well worth it!

About the Tea House, well I have never heard any mention of that place in Jamaica prior.

I am hoping that others who might be a little more knowledgeable of the industry will add a comment here though.

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Jamaican phrase for rest or relaxation

by Roshawa
(India)

QUESTION:.

What is the Jamaican word or phrase for "place of rest/relaxation"?

ANSWER: September-14-2009 by Wellesley Gayle



Hi Roshawa,

Sorry for the delayed response, I've been busy trying to keep up with school.

Honestly, I am not aware of a phrase for that.
Let's see if any of my fellow Jamaicans can give any meaning to that.

Stay in touch and watch the comments.

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children immigration issues

by michael gayle
(southbend in usa)

QUESTION:

Recently my girlfriend was told that if she visits Jamaica with our kids and I decided not to return to the US the government there would not allow her to return with our kids - if I don’t want to go back to the US.

I am Jamaican and she is from the USA. The kids were born in the US. Is it true?


ANSWER: May-12-2009 by Wellesley Gayle



Hi Michael,

Thanks for your question. You and I have the same last name incidentally!

Anyways, I spoke to a rep at the Passport and Immigration Department in Montego Bay and was told that it is not true.

I would however suggest you call them directly, 876-952-5645 in Montego Bay or 876-924-8091 in Kingston (airports) and get more detailed information.

Stay in touch Michael.


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Nigerian needs a Jamaican Visa

by Sorjy
(IBADAN,OYO,NIGERIA)


QUESTION:

My name is Sorjy from Nigeria.

I want to spend my holiday in Jamaica and i don’t know how to go about it, I don’t have a friend nor relative but I think Jamaica is suitable for me to have my holiday.

How can I get the visa to Jamaica from Nigeria?




ANSWER: by Wellesley Gayle



Hi Sorgy,

Thanks for your interest in visiting our country.

As a general rule of entry in Jamaica, all applicants:

-must be able to support themself and their dependents;

-if desirous of entering the service of an employer, they must produce a work permit.

-should not be a person of unsound mind or mentally defective;

-should not be the subject of a certificate given to the Immigration Officer by a health officer that for medical reasons, it is undesirable for him/her to be permitted to land;

-should not have been sentenced in a foreign country for any extradition crime within the meaning of the Extraditions Acts 1870 and 1906;

-should not be the subject of a deportation order.

-must have a visa, unless exempted.

-must have applied for and obtained permission from the Government of Jamaica if entry is desired for other than tourist purposes; (source: SeeJamaicaCheaply.com)



Generally too, countries in the commonwealth does not need a visa, but there are some exceptions, and Nigeria happens to be one.

I would suggest you first contact the Jamaican embassy in Nigeria for more information, as terms and conditions can (and do) change:

From my research, they are currently located at:

Plot 247 Muhammadu Buhari Way,
Central Area District
Abuja, Nigeria
Phone: +234-9-234-5107
Fax: +234-9-234-2726
Email: jamaicanembassy@yahoo.com

I hope that helps.
Stay in touch.

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http://jamaica.visahq.com/embassy/Nigeria/


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Jamaican school for my ten year old son

by g dhillon
(London, England)

QUESTION:

Hi, I am visiting Jamaica next month, I was there in March and loved it.

I am getting married in Kingston next month lol lol.

Anyway I am going there with my 10 year old son, my son is staying there for 2 weeks and I was wondering if there was any way he could attend school just for a week of even a couple of days.

It does not have to be all day but I think it would be really educational for him and the students in the school, they could learn things from each other.

We are from London England, and the school system here is rapidly going down hill!

I have tried searching the net but can not find information or contact details for schools.

We are staying in Nannyville, Kingston, near the national stadium. I could really do with help. Many thanks


ANSWER: May-12-2009 by Wellesley Gayle




Hi G dhillon,

First and foremost a big hearty congratulations on your wedding!

I don't know much about that side of the island (Kingston Area), I am actually from the Montego Bay area, but here is a link {open in a new window} I pulled from the Jamaica Yellow Pages. I am hoping that will help you.

I am also hoping that others (from here in Jamaica) will add their comment as well, if they know more.

Stay in touch G dhillon.


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Bringing a vehicle into Jamaica temporarily

by Geoff
(USA)

QUESTION:

Is there a way to temporarily import a vehicle to Jamaica?

My fiancee and I are moving to Puerto Rico but are going to Jamaica for a month on the way there and would like to bring our vehicle with us as it's getting shipped to PR as well.

We thought maybe we could use it while we're in Jamaica then ship it across to PR when we leave.
Thanks!

ANSWER: May-12-2009 by Wellesley Gayle




Hi Geoff,

Thanks for asking.

I called the Jamaica Customs office in Montego Bay and was told YES. You actually get up to three months on the 'temporary' status.

You will however need to get an import licence before you it is shipped.
The customs officer will value the car and determine the duty.

You will be asked to deposit the duty, and upon leaving the country, your money will be fully refunded.
I think they take the deposit just in case you get confortable here and decide to leave :-)

The contact number for the Montego Bay Customs at the Sangster's International Airport is 876-979-9211 or 876-952-5305. They can provide further direction to you.

Happy island hopping :-) and please, stay in touch Geoff.


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