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How to get to Jamaica

Jamaica is the third-largest island in the Caribbean, located in the Western Caribbean about 145km south of Cuba and 160km west of Haiti. Jamaica receives daily non-stop flights from cities in Europe and North America.

Getting to Jamaica

By sea, both Montego Bay and Ocho Rios are favourite ports-of-call for several cruise lines.

From Australia: The most convenient flights to Montego Bay and Kingston are with V Australia or Qantas to Los Angeles connecting on American Airlines via Miami.

New Zealand: The most convenient flights to Montego Bay and Kingston are with Qantas to Los Angeles connecting with American Airlines via Miami.

From the UK: British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Thomas Cook and Thomson all offer direct flights from London Gatwick to Montego Bay. British Airways and Virgin Atlantic also fly into Kingston.

From the USA: From Miami, American Airlines offers daily direct flights to Montego Bay and Kingston. From New York Kennedy, Caribbean Airlines and JetBlue offer daily direct flights to Montego Bay and Kingston. From Los Angeles, American Airlines offers connecting flights via Miami.

Flight time to Jamaica

Brisbane to Jamaica is 24 hr 20 min, with connecting flightˆ
Sydney to Jamaica is 24 hrs 25 min, with connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to Jamaica is 25 hrs 40 min, with connecting flightˆ
Perth to Jamaica is 30 hrs 40 min, with connecting flightˆ

Auckland to Jamaica is 24 hrs 10 min, with connecting flightˆ
London to Jamaica is 9 hrs 45 min, direct flight
New York to Jamaica is 3 hrs 50 min, direct flight
Miami to Jamaica is 1 hrs 35 min, direct flight
Los Angeles to Jamaica is 8 hrs 40 min, with connecting flightˆ
(ˆIncludes layover time.)

Flying in

Norman Manley International airport is 18km southeast of the capital, Kingston, just 30 minutes by taxi or coach. Donald Sangster International airport is just 3km north of Montego Bay. Taxis meet all arriving flights and hotels can arrange transport by prior arrangement. Hire cars are available.

Entry requirements

Visitors must have a passport valid for at least six months after entry. All visitors must hold return/onward tickets and proof of sufficient funds. No visa is required for a stay of up to three months.

Getting around Jamaica

Hiring a car offers the best way of exploring Jamaica. Scooters and motorbikes can also be rented, usually with the help of your hotel front desk. The island is around 235km long and 82km across at its widest point.

Air Jamaica Express offers scheduled flights daily between all the resort areas as well as the capital, Kingston. When taking a taxi, it's best to arrange the fare before setting off.

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Latest update: How to get to Jamaica: 18 November, 2018

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