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Guidance: Living in Jamaica

Read  State Monthly pension guidance if you have lived in Australia, Canada or New Zealand and you are claiming or waiting around to claim your UK State Pension. Discover buying a property abroad. For information on vaccines abroad for UK nationals, see our Covid 19 travel advice For travelling by street in Jamaica see this guidance. If you retire in Jamaica, you can claim your  UK State Monthly pension or  new UK State Pension.  
Contact the International Pension Centre for further information. Please contact the Jamaica customer Agency http://www/jacustomer.gov.jm/index.php and the Ministry of Wellness pharmaceutical and regulatory matters http://moh.gov.uj/divisions-agencies/divisions/standards-and-regulation-division/.

Before you go

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The UK has a  dual taxation agreement with Jamaica so that you do not pay taxes on the same income in both countries. Ask the relevant tax specialist your questions about double taxation relief. You may be able to vote in some UK elections. You are able to: Check which UNITED KINGDOM benefits you can claim whilst abroad and how to claim them.

Visas and residency

http://www.moa.gov.jm/content/veterinary-services-division If you have a UK Blue Badge and live in Jamaica, you must return it towards the original UK issuing specialist.

Passports and travel

Visa for australia and MasterCard are the most often accepted, followed by American Express, Discover and Diners Club. Follow the advice of the Jamaican government and your local expert. You should also read the Jamaica Vacation Advice.

Healthcare in Jamaica

If your child has Uk nationality,   you do not need to register the birth with the UK  authorities to apply for a Uk passport. Check the  entry requirements for Jamaica in our travel advice. Certain medicines may not be available in Jamaica (including major brands readily available in the UK), and you may be prohibited through taking them into the country. You should consult your DOCTOR before travelling to Jamaica to discover more on any alternative medication. You might need a unique permit.


A list of banks and other financial institutions that will operate in Jamaican be seen on the bank of Jamaica website http://boj.org.jm/financial_sys. Information on taxes, such as property, GCT and income can be found on the taxes administration department http://jamaicatax.gov.jm/tax/type. Read general guidance on  moving or retiring overseas. If your child is born in Jamaica you should register the birth with the local authorities. You can then sign up with the UK authorities plus apply for a UK birth certificate. Contact the relevant higher education company in Jamaica to check exactly what fees you have to pay.

Working in Jamaica

Driving abroad. Many income-related benefits such as Pension Credit and Casing Benefit cannot be paid should you be abroad for more than four weeks. You are able to drive in Jamaica using a UK driving licence for up to 6 months. A Jamaican driving license can be obtained from the Tax management department http://www.jamaicatax.gov.uk.

Studying in Jamaica

Jamaican pensions are usually managed either privately or by the government. The set up are determined by the employer. Eligibility for local pension must be obtained from the Ministry of Labour http://www.mlss.gov.jm/pub/index.php. If somebody dies in Jamaica look over our guidance on:


If you are planning to move in order to Jamaica and work, you might need a visa. Read the Jamaican government’s guidance on working in Jamaica being a foreign national and how to get a visa. See our Travel Advice for Jamaica to get up-to-date information on entry requirements, local laws and customs, safety and emergencies. Information for British citizens moving to or living in Jamaica, including assistance with passports, working in Jamaica and healthcare.


Jamaica currently has no restrictions. You can find out there more information on details of Covid cases and vaccination figures at the Ministry of Health & Wellness, Jamaica. Check the Jamaican Travel Advice for passport validity requirements.


If you’re requested a letter authenticating, certifying or validating your UNITED KINGDOM driver’s licence, you should contact your UK issuing office (e. g. the DVLA). Home elevators residency must be obtained from the particular passport immigration and nationality agency, PICA www.pica.gov.jm/. Information on entry plus work permits are provided with the discretion of the Ministry of Labour http://www.mlss.gov.jm/pub/index.php as well as the local immigration department, PICA http://www.pica.gov.jm Permits should be attained prior to arrival in Jamaica.

Life certificates for UK State Pensions

Review the list of healthcare facilities in Jamaica. For more info on hospital and wellness facilities, you can visit the Ministry of Health http://moh.gov.uk/.

Money and banking

Read the guidance if you want to travel with medicines. If you are on a prescribed for any medication you should ensure you have a supply of it, or even are able to obtain it whenever in Jamaica.

Accommodation and buying property

If you plan to study in Jamaica, you must meet all visa for australia requirements before you travel, you should check with the local immigration department, PICA http://www.pica.gov.jm and https://www.mlss.gov.jm/?s=work+permit+

Driving in Jamaica

This information can be provided as a guide just. You should get definitive information from your Jamaican authorities. The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) is not liable for any inaccuracies in this information. Information if you wish to transportation your vehicle from Jamaica. You can make an application for or renew your British passport from Jamaica. You are required to print and send the form, processing can take longer than on-line UK application. You should check information on processing time and take this into account whenever deciding to apply. Read the guidance on returning to the  UK  permanently which includes home elevators bringing family members, tax and access to services. Find out  how you can get married or get a civil partnership abroad. Read the guidance on what actions you must do to drive legally in Jamaica https://jis.gov.jm/information/get-the-facts/how-to-obtain-a-drivers-licence/.

Disabled motorists

The Animal Diseases (Importation) Manage (Amendment) 2017 now permit the importation of dogs and cats from countries other than the United Kingdom. For further information for importing plus exporting pets see here:


Requirements and qualifications designed for jobs are at the employer’s discretion.

Births, deaths, marriage and civil partnership


You may need to register for health care as a resident in Jamaica. Read assistance with:


You should get professional suggestions about paying tax in Jamaica. Find an  English-speaking attorney in Jamaica.

Marriage and civil partnership

Support for British Nationals Abroad: A Guide sets out how British nationals can stay safe abroad and how the FCDO can help if you do get into difficulty.


TAKE NOTE: UK Travel insurance providers will never generally cover your health care costs if you live abroad. If you get a  ‘life certificate’ from the UK Pension check Service, you must respond as soon as possible. Your payments may be suspended should you not.


Returning to the united kingdom

This guide sets out essential information for British people moving to or residing in Jamaica. Read about how our High Commission in Kingston, Jamaica can help.


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