Planning a beach vacation? Is it time to relax for a week at an all-inclusive resort? Jamaica is one of the premiere beach destinations in the Caribbean, with thousands of Canadians choosing to travel there each year. Known for its popular beach resorts in Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Kingston and Runaway Bay, the country is recognized not only for its beautiful beaches, but also for its vibrant culture and adventure day trips throughout the island.
When you plan your trip to Jamaica, make sure you have travel insurance to ensure you can enjoy your trip knowing you are covered by Blue Cross.
Travel tips for Jamaica
If you are planning a trip to Jamaica, you need a valid Canadian passport to enter the country. Tourists are not required to get a travel visa for trips of up to six months; however, proof of a return ticket and sufficient funds for your stay may be required. You will need to fill out a Jamaican immigration entry card, which is provided on your flight, you will also be asked to complete one on departure as well. A visa is required for students and for business travel. There is a departure tax of $20 USD, which is included in the cost of airfare.
As with other Caribbean countries, hurricane season is from June to November; however, the weather tends to clear up in October, and the peak travel season is from December to April. The average temperature ranges from 25°C in November to April, to 29°C in May to October.
Crime and theft can be an issue in major cities such as Kingston and Montego Bay, and although resort areas are generally safe for travellers, it is recommended that Canadians travel with caution. Possession of illegal drugs are a severe offense, and you may be screened for drug possession upon departure. The currency in the country is the Jamaican dollar (JMD), but the US dollar is widely accepted. If you plan on driving, note that traffic drives on the left side of the road.
This information will come in handy when planning your trip. To ensure you travel worry-free, don’t forget to purchase comprehensive travel insurance for Jamaica before you go.
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Blue Cross travel insurance for Jamaica
Blue Cross has been a trusted name in travel insurance for decades, providing travellers with the confidence in knowing they have the medical coverage and travel support that extends beyond what is covered by their provincial health insurance plans for medical treatment abroad. Our personalized travel insurance ensures that you have the coverage to meet your specific needs.
Whether you’ve lost your luggage, are stuck at the airport or need to see a doctor, our experienced travel team will ensure you get the assistance you need.
Not sure which travel insurance plan to choose for your vacation? Contact us today to get the best travel insurance for Jamaica or get a quote online. Travel with confidence knowing that Blue Cross has you covered.
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