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For many countries around the world, a departure tax of some sort is to be paid by persons who are leaving, in most cases whether they are nationals or not. Does Jamaica have one?
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Jamaica has a departure tax and a landing fee for passengers who arrive by air and sea.
The departure fee in Jamaica is currently USD 35 after it was increased in 2016. This is most often included in the cost of your ticket so you don’t have to worry about whether or not it is paid unless you are on a charter flight or flying from Europe.
For passengers flying commercially from the United States and Canada, the departure tax is included in the airline ticket cost. Passengers from the United Kingdom may be asked to pay their departure tax in cash when they check in for their flight back home. It is acceptable in Jamaican, US or English currencies. Scottish pounds are not accepted as payment.
Jamaica's tourism tax or landing fee is USD 20 for airline passengers and USD 2 for cruise passengers. This fee was established in 2004 with the passing of the Tourism Enhancement Act. These monies are to be used to improve Jamaica’s tourism sector further and are paid to the collector of taxes in Jamaica, Tax Administration Jamaica.
This fee is normally, but not always, included in each person's airline ticket price.
For those persons on charter flights, it is best to ensure your landing tax has been paid by checking your travel documentation or calling your travel agent or charter flight operator. If it has not been paid in advance, you will need to do so upon check-in at the Jamaican airport. This is payable in cash in Jamaican, US or English currency.
Charter flight users should see their travel documentation or call their travel agent or call their charter flight operator to see if the departure tax has been paid in advance or not.
While there is no need to purchase a tourist card when entering or departing from Jamaica, you will need to fill out the customs and immigration forms that are handed to you on the flight. It is a requirement that these be completed before you get to immigration. Landing cards are also available at the airport on landing in Jamaica and may also be filled out at the airport when you arrive in Jamaica.
The departure tax in Jamaican currency is $ 5,393. Remember the Jamaican equivalent to prices quoted in American dollars fluctuates quite frequently. The departure tax is stated in US currency which means if you have to pay your departure tax at check-in another acceptable currency, you will need to ask for it to be coveted for you.
In most cases, the departure tax is included in the airfare.
No. The tax is required for each individual travelling to Jamaica. Only children under the age of two are exempted from this tax.
Yes, Jamaicans are required to pay both a departure and landing tax just the same as visitors.
Yes, the departure tax remains at USD 35 at every airport in Jamaica.
No, the departure taxes in Jamaica are the same no matter your nationality or the country you are returning to.
Yes, the departure tax on a ship is considerably lower than for airline passengers. Cruise passengers pay USD 2 and airline tickets attract a tax of USD 35.
Hopefully, this information will help you to be prepared to meet your obligations when travelling or returning from Jamaica.
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