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by Venesha Johnson | Associate Writer

We talk a lot about visiting Jamaica. I mean from how to get here, what to do, where to stay, the best restaurants to try and so much more. We have discussed it all. But one thing we have missed… is what to do when leaving Jamaica.

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Understandably, this little detail has been overlooked. After all who wants to leave Jamaica to return to the hustle and bustle of everyday life? But responsibilities call and at some point we (actually you), will have to bring your vacation to an end. So what are you going to do?

 1. Organize Travel Documents

First and foremost, your documents. Place all your travel documents, including your passport, ticket, and other relevant documents, together in an envelope or pouch. This helps ensure you remember them and not misplace them during your journey. Have a special spot for them because you don’t want to get to the airport and be scrambling to look for your documents.

 2. Arrive Early at the Airport

Arrive at the airport at least 3 hours before your departure. The advance time is necessary for check-in, security screening, baggage handling, and any last-minute shopping in the Departure Lounge.

Early arrival helps avoid unnecessary stress and gives you ample time to manage unforeseen delays. To make things even easier though, join one of the VIP lounges. Club Mobay or Club Kingston will make your entire departure a breeze, plus you’ll get complimentary food and beverages.

 3. Understand Security Restrictions

Airport security can be very annoying but the easiest way to avoid issues is to keep things simple and stick to their rules and guidelines. 

  • Prohibited Items- For obvious security reasons, you are not permitted to carry items such as knives, scissors, firearms, ammunition, liquids, aerosols, gels, and products with similar characteristics in their carry-on bags.

  • Liquids, Gels, and Aerosols- You will be allowed to take on board one transparent (one quart/1 litre) plastic bag containing liquids, gels, and aerosols in containers of no more than 3.4 ounces or 100 ml. All such items must be declared at the security screening checkpoint. Items over 3.4 ounces or 100 ml should be placed in checked baggage.

  • Carry-On Responsibility- Remember, your carry-on baggage is your responsibility. Do not leave it unattended or let it out of your sight. Additionally, do not accept items from strangers or parcels with unknown contents.

 4. Secure Valuables and Important Items

Place all your valuables such as jewellery, laptops, iPods, cameras, video cameras, cellular phones, medicines, prescriptions, money, identification documents, and credit cards in your carry-on baggage. Also, keep a copy of these documents in a safe place in case of loss or theft during your trip.

 5. Settle Your Accommodation Bills

Before heading to the airport, ensure all outstanding bills with your hotel or rental property are settled. This includes room charges, room service, and any other expenses incurred during your stay. Request a final bill the night before departure to avoid last-minute surprises. You do not want any surprise credit card charges when you get home.

 6. Return Rental Cars

If you had a rental, plan your trip so that you return it before your flight. Ensure the fuel tank is filled to the required level and inspect the car for potential damages. Retain a copy of the return receipt for your records.

Remember that most car rental companies require a security fee or having your credit card details on file in case of damage. As mentioned above, settle this before leaving, as you don’t want any surprises when you get home.

 7. Last-Minute Shopping

Take advantage of duty-free shopping at the airport. We are known for our rum, coffee, and other unique souvenirs. Purchasing these items at the airport can save you from additional taxes. If you haven't already, buy some last-minute gifts or souvenirs for friends and family. Local crafts, Blue Mountain coffee, and Jamaican rum are popular choices.

 8. Currency Exchange

Exchange any remaining Jamaican dollars back to your home currency. Although many international airports offer currency exchange services, you might get better rates at local exchange bureaus in Jamaica.

  9. Transportation to the Airport

Ensure that you arrange reliable transportation to the airport at least a day or 2 before you leave. Whether you choose a taxi, shuttle service, or private transfer, ensure it arrives with ample time to navigate through potential traffic and check-in processes.

 10. Relax Before the Flight

And finally, relax! Arrive at the airport early to allow time for check-in, security screening, and any last-minute shopping or dining. Use the airport lounge if you have access, as it provides a comfortable space to relax before your flight.

Reflect on the amazing vacation you just had…or, if you are eager, start planning your next one immediately! This is where we come in. You can book with us for the best deals on your next Jamaican adventure.

While you might be reluctant to leave, following these steps can ensure a smooth and pleasant departure. Safe travels! See you again soon!

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References & Sources For What To Do When Leaving Jamaica?

  1. Travel information - Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (2017) Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority -. Available at: https://www.jcaa.gov.jm/index.php/travel-information/ (Accessed: 12 June 2024).
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