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CIBC Jamaica
CIBC First Caribbean Bank


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CIBC Jamaica | CIBC First Caribbean Banking Centre (Fairview - Montego Bay)CIBC Jamaica | CIBC First Caribbean Banking Centre (Fairview - Montego Bay)

by Venesha Johnson | Associate Writer

With nearly 250 years of combined experience in the Caribbean through their heritage companies, Barclays PLC and CIBC, CIBC FirstCaribbean has a wealth of banking knowledge.

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The two are the oldest banks in the Caribbean, which is a distinction shared by both. Since the era of salt cod and rum, they had contributed to the growth of the area. Since then, numerous changes have been made. The new export is tourism, and West Indian companies are now competing globally.

FirstCaribbean is helping to achieve that objective. In 2002, the Caribbean operations of Barclays Bank PLC and CIBC West Indies Holdings merged to form FirstCaribbean. FirstCaribbean's majority shareholder, CIBC, acquired Barclays' stake in the company in December 2006.

They proudly announced on June 20, 2011, that they would be co-branding with CIBC and using the name CIBC FirstCaribbean. The addition of CIBC to the FirstCaribbean brand highlights CIBC's dedication to the Caribbean region, its people, and its customers over the long term.

The long-term investment CIBC is making in the Caribbean, which dates back to the opening of their first branches in 1920, will continue to benefit both their clients and employees there.

The CIBC group of companies has continued to run CIBC FirstCaribbean as a Caribbean-managed business. It trades on the Barbados and Trinidad stock exchanges as FirstCaribbean International Bank Limited.

They now have 14 locations across the island.

They have several different services:

  • Digital Banking
  • Personal Banking
  • Business Banking
  • Credit & Debit Cards
  • Corporate & Investment Banking
  • Wealth Management

Requirements To Open And Account

To sign up for an account with them you will need:

For Local Residents

1. Valid Photo Identification (any of the following):

  • Valid Driver’s Licence (issued in the country in which the client is resident)
  • Valid Passport
  • National ID (Voters/Electoral Identification Card, Citizenship Card issued in the country in which the client is resident)
  • The applicant’s nationality and place of birth
  • Taxpayer Registration Number (TRN)—if different from Driver’s Licence

Note: Where the Government issued Identification does not indicate nationality or place of birth, additional documentation will be required for validation.

2. Confirmation of Address

Any of the following are acceptable:

  • Recent Utility Bill in individual’s name (issued within the last 3 months)
  • Tenancy Agreement
  • Recent Bank or Credit Card statement (issued within the last 3 months)
  • Confirmation from Employer
  • Written confirmation from parent, guardian, spouse or landlord
  • Confirmation of current enrollment
  • along with acceptable proof of address from a College or University
  • A second form of identification bearing address (except Driver’s Licence)

3. Two Character Reference Letters

Verbal or written references are accepted from the following persons:

  • Justice of the Peace/Notary Public
  • Medical Doctor
  • Minister of Religion
  • High Commissioner/Consul
  • Police officer (rank of Inspector or higher)
  • Lawyer
  • Principal of a School or University Lecturer
  • Bank Manager (conditions apply)

4. Source of Funds—Job Letter, Pay Slip or other evidence to support the purpose of the account

For Non-Residents

  1. One form of Valid Identification (from the list above)
  2. Confirmation of Address (as stated above)
  3. Two Character References (from the list above)
  4. Banker’s Reference (where unavailable, bank statement issued within the last 3 months)
  5. Source of Funds—Job Letter, Pay Slip or other evidence to support the purpose of the account

Online Banking At CIBC Jamaica

Like most banks these days, CIBC also has an online banking platform and a mobile app. Here are some of the things you can do using their online banking platforms:

  1. Check balances on your savings, chequing, credit card & loan accounts
  2. Track all transactions on your savings, chequing and credit card accounts
  3. Manage Alerts to keep track of your Card transactions and access to your cards if you suspect fraudulent activity
  4. View and download your account statements at any time with their Paperless Statements feature.

Contact Information

There head office is located in Kingston Jamaica, however there are branches across the island located in Kingston, Montego Bay, May Pen, Savanna-la-mar, Ocho Rios and Mandeville.

  • Address (Headquarters): 23-27 Knutsford Blvd, Kingston 5, Kingston
  • Tel: 1 866-743-2257
  • Fax: 1 876-968-1969
  • Opening Hours: Mon - Fri: 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
  • Email:

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References & Sources For CIBC Jamaica

  1. First Caribbean International Bank. 2022. FirstCaribbean International Bank 2022. [online] Available at:

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