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History

The Arawak and Taino indigenous people originating from South America settled on the island between 4000 and 1000BC.

History. Jamaica was inhabited by Arawak Indians when Columbus explored it in 1494 and named it St. Iago. It remained under Spanish rule until 1655, when it became a British possession. Buccaneers operated from Port Royal, also the capital, until it fell into the sea in an earthquake in 1692. During its first 200 years of British rule, Jamaica became one of the world's leading sugar-exporting, slave-dependent nations. After the abolition of the slave trade in 1807, the British imported Indian and Chinese workers as indentured servants to supplement the labour pool. Descendants of indentured servants of Asian and Chinese origin continue to reside in Jamaica today.

Climate Jamaica for Travel

The climate in Jamaica is tropical, with hot and humid weather, although higher inland regions are more temperate. Some regions on the south coast are relatively dry rain-shadow areas. Jamaica lies in the hurricane belt of the Atlantic Ocean; as a result, the island sometimes experiences significant storm damage.

Visa Requirements Jamaica Travel

Citizens of the USA, including those visiting by cruise ship, require only an identification, no visa is required. If you travel by plane, the passport book is required by the US for travel; otherwise it is possible to use a US passport card.

Permanent Residents of the USA (ie, Green Card holders) can also visit Jamaica without a visa, even if otherwise they would require a visa. They typically need to present a valid passport of their country of citizenship and their valid Green Card or Re-entry Permit issued by the USCIS.

Canadian citizens require

  • a passport or

  • a birth certificate and ID card.

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  • Other Countries should check with their Consulates/Embasses

Marijuana, (locally known as ganja) - synonymous with Jamaica but illegal for many years - was decrimalized in February 2015. Having up to two ounces (around 56 grams) is punishable by a fixed penalty ticket of around $10 instead of an arrest and/or a criminal charge. Nevertheless, purchasing marijuana remains illegal at this time.

Police:

If in need of police, dial 119, just don't expect them to show up on the spot.