preparing this Information Pack we have drawn on past experience
in dealing with queries from Returning Residents. In addition to
the matters covered in detail in the previous sections, there are
other points worthy of mention:
Persons who wish to import pets, or other animals, into the country
must obtain a Permit from the Veterinary Division of the Ministry
of Agriculture prior to importation (see Information Pack Directory
for address). Owners of pets should be aware that a fee is chargeable
for this service and that certain conditions apply. Other Customs,
Quarantine and Veterinary Fees are also applicable.
It should be noted in the case of dogs, that only those which have
been born and bred in the United Kingdom may be imported into Jamaica.
Certification to this effect must be obtained from the relevant
authority in the United Kingdom.
Persons wishing to import plants must first obtain a Permit by making
an application in writing to the Chief Plant Quarantine Officer,
Ministry of Agriculture. The application should list the name of
each plant, the quantities to be imported and the country of origin.
The entry of firearms is prohibited by law, except where permission
has been obtained from the Commissioner of Police and the Trade
COMPATIBILITY OF ELECTRIC/ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT
In relation to electrical and electronic equipment for use in Jamaica,
please take account of such matters as the specification of the
public electricity supply system, the television transmission system,
If you are in any doubt as to the compatibility of an item, you
should consult with the supplier or relevant expert. You should
be aware, for instance, that Jamaica utilizes the NTSC standard
for television transmission, and that the public electricity system
supplies 110 volts at 50 cycles.
There are regulations which for the protection of the environment
prohibit the importation of certain specified substances. For instance
the entry into Jamaica of equipment containing chloroflourocarbons
(cfcs) is now prohibited, and equipment such as air-conditioners,
refrigerators and freezers for domestic, commercial and motor vehicular
use may be affected. Details of prohibited or banned substances
and/or goods may be had from the Trade Board.
Returning Residents should also be aware of the possibility that
certain goods they may wish to import might require an Import Permit.
It is therefore always advisable where doubt exists to clarify the
status of a particular item with the Trade Board.
It is anticipated that most people will comply with the various
regulations and conditions relating to the concessions and assistance
given to Returning Residents. However, there have in the past been
a number of cases of abuse of the concessions, and where such instances
are discovered the law provides for a number of stiff penalties,
of illegally imported items.