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Travelers Heading To Jamaica Must Complete New Digital Entry Form

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If you want to get away now that the mania of the summer travel season is over then Jamaica is the ideal destination for a fall break.

Daytime temperatures in Jamaica reach a balmy but manageable 88F during September while the ocean temperature is around 84F which is perfect for swimming and water sports.

While September is one of the island’s wettest months these short heavy downpours are usually over quickly, leaving clear skies.

Aerial view of Montego Bay, Jamaica

But from September 1 Jamaica is introducing a new digital entry form that all travelers must fill out.

This form can be completed before departure, while you're on your flight to the island, or on the ground when you arrive.

For ease and speed travelers are being advised to complete the form before they depart their home country.

Here’s what you need to know:

Street market in Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Why Is The New Digital Entry Form Being Introduced?

The introduction of this new digital entry form is part of a wider trend that aims to digitize the entry process at airports across the Caribbean.

Some passengers may be concerned that having to complete a digital entry form will make the arrival process more complicated but actually the opposite should be true.

According to Jamaica’s Director of Tourism Donovan White, “arriving in Jamaica just got easier.”

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Devon House in Kingston Jamaica

Not only is the digital entry form being introduced to increase border security in Jamaica it is also intended to significantly speed up border inspections.

Instead of spending your precious vacation time standing in immigration lines, you can speed through immigration and customs controls when you arrive and spend more time on the beach instead.

What Information Will I Need To Share?

The new digital entry form is officially referred to as the Immigration/Customs C5 card.

To complete this form, you will need to share some of your personal information. This includes:

  • Your first and last name
  • Your birth date as it appears on your passport
  • Your gender
  • The number of family members you will be traveling with
  • Your passport number and the country of issue
  • Your full address
  • Your flight name or flight number and the airport you are departing from
  • The address you intend to stay at when you arrive in Jamaica
  • Details of any countries you have traveled to in the past 6 weeks
  • Your travel date and the length of your stay
  • The purpose of your travel
  • The number of pieces of luggage you will be traveling with.
several colorful boats sit in the water in Negril Jamaica

For customs reasons, you will also need to share information about what you will be bringing with you when you travel. This is to ensure that items such as illicit drugs or narcotics, as well as fruits, plants, and meat or animal products.

If you are carrying currency or monetary instruments over USD$10,000 in value, this should also be declared on this form.

Because the form also serves as a customs declaration, you can detail any goods that you will need to declare and can then use this to declare all your goods to the customs officer on duty when you arrive.

Ocho Rios Jamaica

You can find the Enter Jamaica website here.

Completing the form is not time-consuming, and it is intended to speed up the customs and immigration process when you arrive at the airport or port in Jamaica.

Is This System New?

This is not a new system, though it is new for Jamaica.

A Young Woman In Blue Lagoon In Jamaica

Many countries in Europe as well as Japan and the United Kingdom have introduced digital travel declarations and ask visitors to complete these before they arrive at immigration.

If it proves successful we may see this scheme being rolled out to other Caribbean nations too.

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Maxine Williams nee Gordon

Tuesday 17th of October 2023

Good morning m traveling to Jamaica the 24 of October 2023 i submitted my C5 custom forms on the 12 of October 2023 I get a reply in my email said submitted what I do next because I don't get back a form for customs has yet please tell me if I must re do the form please

Jack Smith

Friday 11th of August 2023

Useful info for anyone wanting to visit one of the most homophobic countries on earth! Homosexuality remains illegal in Jamaica and gays are routinely beaten by police officers.

Lisa

Monday 15th of January 2024

@Victor, I actually heard that from a travel guide that lives in Jamaica.. I don't know that the police beat them up but they certainly won't stop the beating if they witness it .. very homophobic... I don't understand why people are like that, how does anyone's sexuality do anything to anyone ... People just have to be up in everyone's business... Sad

Renee

Sunday 13th of August 2023

@Jack Smith, I from Florida and lived in jamaica for 2 years and my downstairs Neighbor was gay and his friends I had a mr airb&b a guy site and my guest was happy. And as some one said no one shot up a club. Jamaica gets no respect there pay is Disrespectful And the government seems that they're given the island to everyone, but jamaicans

Phatpusci

Saturday 12th of August 2023

@Victor, I am a jamaican transgender woman and had to flee to the us, he is telling the truth

Jamaican

Saturday 12th of August 2023

@Jack Smith, That's not true, it wasn't in Jamaica a gay bar was shot up. If yuh live inna glass house nuh throw stone. The Republicans will be you all karma.

Ced Rass

Friday 11th of August 2023

Travel to America one of to fill all kinds of forms...so whats the difference

Ms. N.

Friday 11th of August 2023

This definitely not a new system. Jamaica always has this in place. First it was a slip of paper you get on the plane, then it was changed in recent years to an online form.

Rose

Thursday 10th of August 2023

What about the elderly, disabled, and people who do not have or unable to use digital technology? No thought has been given to them. Don't they matter?

Grace

Thursday 10th of August 2023

People are afraid to give the address they are going to be staying at because of all the robberies and killing, and those questions are the exact same questions on the custom forms. There are bigger things to focus on as it relates to the country, not a digital form that people have already been filling out.

A

Sunday 3rd of September 2023

@Grace, I agree, filling the form in on the plane takes no time are all. Govt only doing as it's told by their masters... Kmt! I would rather stand in a queue at immigration than have more of my details being kept online somewhere being used for god knows what!

Elnore

Saturday 12th of August 2023

@Grace, exactly nothing new. It's just to speed up the queue at the airport.

Ced Rass

Friday 11th of August 2023

@Grace, don't go there simply!