What food items can I bring into Jamaica?

What food items can I bring into Jamaica? <br>Source: http://www.mbjairport.com/customs

What food items can I bring into Jamaica?
Source: http://www.mbjairport.com/customs

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What food items can I bring into Jamaica? May I bring Vacuum sealed package of salt cod fish to Jamaica as a gift?


ANSWER: by Wellesley

Hi there,

Great question - and for the benefit of everyone else who might read this later, we are talking about animal foods, or foods from animal origin - that's a risk!

To answer your question though, YES, you should be fine with a vacuum sealed package of salted fish.

According to The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF), the department responsible for regulating this process, restricted food items depends on both the product and the country of origin.

Foods That Are Allowed Into Jamaica


The items that are currently allowed, for personal, non-commercial, use includes the following...


  1. Fish products which should be less than 20 pounds.

    1. Salted fish
    2. Herring
    3. Mackerel
    4. Cooked fish &
    5. Canned fish


  2. Baked and processed products, chocolates, candies, cereals, and other confectionary items. Donuts, crackers, cookies, cakes, biscuits, granola bars, etc are also allowed - assuming they contain no meat.

  3. Commercially produced and labelled, dry mixes containing dairy and egg ingredients, drink and baking mixes, instant pudding mixes, liquid drink mixes containing reconstituted dry milk or dry milk products.
  4. Condiments, including ketchup, mustard & mayonnaise
  5. Nutritional beverages &
  6. Infant formula etc.


Imports of these animal products are allowed up to 45 Kg in total but it is recommended that you declare same on section 13(a) of the Jamaica Customs C5 Declaration Form.

Foods That You Are Prohibited From Bringing To Jamaica


And just so you know... the items that are totally prohibited. If you have these, you might be in trouble.


  1. Honey and its by-products
  2. Pork and pork products (not including sealed cans/ tins) from the USA.
  3. Beef and beef products and by-products from Canada and
  4. conch and lobster, neither live nor processed.


They have what is called, High Risk items as well, and I think this is where it gets dicey. In many cases they say a risk assessment is done on there are there are no guarantees!


  1. Live animals (or their parts) for example, tail, feathers, skin, head, etc.
  2. Raw fresh or frozen meat
  3. Meat personally cooked.



Remember again though that for the purpose of this discussion, I am only speaking to foods for personal (not commercial) use that are animal derived.

Items for commercial purposes has separate requirements and will require a Veterinary Import Permit.

These requirements are governed by The Animals (Diseases And Importation) Act Of 1948. Additional information can be sourced at the The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries website.

Again, thanks for asking!

You might also be interested in our articles on the duty free allowance for Jamaica as well as rules for the importation of cats and dogs in Jamaica.

As usual, I welcome your comments here.

Regards,
WG

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Reference

  1. "Non-Commercial/Personal Imports of Animal, Animal Products and Animal Related Products through the Airport, Seaport and Courier Services", Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Retrieved from
    http://micaf.gov.jm/content/non-commercialpersonal-imports-animal-animal-products-and-animal-related-products-through-1 on August 20, 2019 (source)

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