Embassy of Jamaica, Washington, DC

Interesting Facts
The first mango plants introduced into Jamaica were ‘captured’ on the high seas on their way from the East Indies to the West Indies by Lord Rodney’s ship H.M.S Flora in 1782. They were first planted at the private garden at Gordon Town, St. Andrew, belonging to Hinton East. The seedlings were numbered on arrival, eg. the number eleven. The Bombay mango was introduced later in 1868 at Castleton Gardens.

Customs Regulations and Prohibited Items

Incoming Duty-Free Items

An adult 18 years or older is allowed the following duty-free items:

  • No more than 50 cigars or 200 cigarettes, or 1/2 pound of tobacco
  • One quart or one litre or spirits, cordials, and wine
  • Six fluid ounces of perfumed spirits
  • 12 fluid ounces of toilet water

Prohibited Incoming Items

  • Base or counterfeit coin of any country
  • Indecent and obscene prints, photographs, cinematograph films, lithographs, engravings, books, cards, or written communications or any indecent or obscene articles whether similar to the above or not and any parcels, packages or packets having thereon or on the cover thereof, any words, marks, or designs which are grossly offensive or of an indecent or obscene character
  • All publications of deLaurence Scott and Company of Chicago in the United States of America relating to divination, magic, occultism or supernatural arts
  • All publications of the Red Star Publishing Company of Chicago in the United States of America relating to divination, magic, occultism or supernatural arts
  • Fresh flowers
  • Plants
  • Honey
  • Fruits
  • Meats and vegetables (except canned). Please note that Kosher foods require special documentation
  • Coffee (in any form)
  • Firearms and explosives
  • Used tyres
  • Two-way radios
  • Dangerous drugs, including marijuana

Special exemptions for the following items should be obtained from the corresponding agencies below:

Restricted Items Requirement Issuing Agency Telephone Number
Meat Certificate Ministry of Agriculture 876-927-1731
Ground Provisions Phyto Sanitary Certificate Ministry of Agriculture 876-927-1731
Fruits and Vegetables Phyto Sanitary Certificate Ministry of Agriculture 876-927-1731
Drugs PSD Certificate Ministry of Health 876-926-9220
Firearms Permit/ Licence to Import Police/ Commissioner of Customs/ Trade Board 876-927-4421
Used Tyres Certificate Bureau of Standards 876-926-3140
Permit Postmaster General 876-922-9430

Outgoing Items

US visitors may carry US$600 in purchases after each 48-hour visit

U.K. visitors may carry 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars, one litre of spirits, plus goods valued at £36

Canadian and Japanese visitors should call the nearest Jamaican Tourist Board office for information

Items made in Jamaica are duty-free.


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