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High Hope Estate is one of Jamaica's finest accommodations.  If you are considering visiting Jamaica for your first time or you are returning you should consider this  VerySpecial Place for Very Special People! 




  • Air Canada.
  • Air Jamaica.
  • ALM.
  • American Airlines.
  • American Trans Air.
  • Avianca.
  • British Airways.
  • BWIA.
  • Cayman Airways.
  • Condor.
  • Continental.
  • COPA.
  • Cubana.
  • LTU.
  • Northwest.
  • Trans World Airlines.
  • US Air.


(KGN)-Norman Manley International Airport, 13 miles from Kingston.
(MBJ)-Donald Sangster International Airport, 2 miles from downtown Montego Bay.
Sangster to: Ocho Rios 1 hours Negril 1 hours Manley to Port Antonio is 2 hours


Citizens of the US and Canada are not  required to have a visa to go to Jamaica as tourists, and are permitted to visit the island for a period not exceeding six months.

Residents may use an alien registration card, however, some residents may require a visa. Press personnel on assignment will require a work permit. Additionally, all visitors are required to travel with a round-trip or onward airline ticket for entry into Jamaica.

UK: Commonwealth citizens need passport (no visa required). All other countries, please contact the JTB office near you for requirements.

Japan: passport required. (Visa required for stay of over 30 days). Commonwealth citizens need a passport, no visa is required (except for citizens of Pakistan and Sri Lanka).

Indian citizens will not require a visa for a maximum stay of ten (10) days in the island, but will require visa in excess of ten days.



  • To Baltimore-3 hours
  • Boston-3 hours 40 mins.
  • Baltimore-3 hours
  • Chicago-3 hours 45 mins.
  • Dallas-3 hours 20 mins.
  • Los Angeles-5 hours 30 mins.
  • Miami-1 hour 25 mins.
  • Montego Bay from Atlanta-2 hours 40 mins.
  • New Orleans-3 hours
  • New York-3 hours 20 mins.
  • Toronto-4 hours



Bank of Jamaica. Bank of Nova Scotia JA Ltd. CIBC, JA Ltd. Citibank. Citizens Bank (Jamaica) Ltd.  National Commercial bank.


Monday to Thursday 9 AM-2 PM.

All other commercial Banks 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM-Friday

Exchange Bureaus are open in Montego Bay and Kingston airports for all international flight arrivals and departures.


Monday to Friday 0900-1700.
Shopping Monday to Friday 0900-1700. Saturday 1000-1800.



New Year's Day.
Ash Wednesday.
Good Friday.
Easter Monday.

Labour Day.
Aug. 1 Emancipation Day.
August 6: Independence Day.
October 19: National Heroes Day.
December 25: Christmas Day.
December 26: Boxing Day.


The official rate of exchange fluctuates daily, depending on foreign exchange markets.  There are several licensed authorized foreign exchange dealers located island wide. These are called cambios.  There are ATM's that disburse both Jamaican and American currencies.


Departure tax is $25PP. This rate is subject to change without prior notice due to the fluctuation of the Jamaican dollar or its equivalent in foreign currency is payable at the airport upon departure.
General Consumption Tax: a 8.25% government tax has been introduced to replace the accommodations and other indirect taxes.
Tax Free Status: Due to a tax treaty passed in 1981 with the US, all expenses incurred for holding meetings or conventions in Jamaica are tax deductible.


Driving is on the left hand side of the road. Rentals available include-Cars, mopeds and bicycles. Temporary license/permit requirements-A US driver's license is valid for up to three months per visit. A UK driver's license is valid for up to 12 months per visit. Japanese driver's license is valid for up to one month from time of entry. Local Services-Taxi, tour buses, intra island flights. Sightseeing and visitor transfer bus service available in all resort areas.


110 Volts/50 AC is standard. 220 volts is available in some hotels. Some hotels supply adapters.


Visitors can be married just 24 hours after arriving in Jamaica providing prior application has been made for marriage license.
1) Proof of citizenship, certified Birth Certificate, which includes father's name.
2) Parents' written consent if under 21.
3) Proof of divorce (if applicable) - original Certificate of Divorce.
4) Certified Death Certificate for widow or widower. Blood test: none. Persons need to have a heterosexual relationship for marriage as a prerequisite.


There are facilities in all major resort areas as well as drug stores that provide pharmaceuticals. There are private doctors and dentists throughout the island.


Pets are not allowed into the country.


There are many religious sects in Jamaica, including Anglicans, Catholics, Episcopalians, Jewish, Pentecostals and Presbyterians Churches and Houses of Worship are found island wide.

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