I have read that I need to have some cash on hand when we leave Jamaica for some kind of a tax. What is this all about and how much does it cost?
We were in Jamaica last year. and there is no departure tax what so ever. U will have a blast.
There is a new surcharge that was introduced as of March 1st. for any flights booked prior to that date of $5 US. Exact change is required and is collected at the departures area. Flights booked after March 1st. has the surcharge included in your fare.
depends on where you are coming from...
most North American airlines have it included within their fares (if you purchased a ticket before March 1 there may be a new airport tax of 2.50 USD or 3.00CAD that is imposed)...
in the UK not all airlines have it included (I believe charters do not)... last I heard it was 1000J or 18US but this may have been adjusted as 1000J is more like 12ish US these days!...
not sure about other countries and how they bundle their fees..
BP i'm pretty sure it's 2.50 US (or 3.00 CAD) for North American passengers... not sure if UK passengers have this bundled in or have to pay on top of that 18US (?)...
It depends who you travel with. First Choice include it but Tomsons dont.
We just got back Saturday and flew US Air out of Pennsylvania. We were not asked to pay anything on departure or arrival.
We booked these tickets back in November.
Maybe it doesn't apply to the US???
Chell00, you are right on the $3 CDN.
crazdtow, this was discussed several weeks ago and Americans were paying the tax too. Posts on negrl.com said the same thing. Maybe things have changed yet again in Jamaica.
or maybe it's just inconsistient chaos... in other words, business as usual... at the same time the original thread was posted, it seemed to be close to a 50/50 split of people who said they paid and people who said they didn't (and didn't seem to be related to when the ticket was purchased)...
this is why i try to never use the words "need", "must" or "will" but rather "should" "may" or "might" when it comes to discussing jamaica :)
i say have the money on hand and if you don't need it, use it to purchase a treat in duty free (if you have the full 22US, you've got enought to purchase 2 bottles of rum :)
There is a departure tax for US citizens, but sounds like it can/may be included in your airfare (mine was in February, so nothing due at departure...I would check w/ your airline to see if it's included):
Visitors must have a return ticket and be able to show sufficient funds for their visit. U.S. citizens traveling to Jamaica for work or extended stays are required to have a current U.S. passport and visa issued by the Jamaican Embassy or a Jamaican Consulate. There is a departure tax for travelers, which is regularly included in airfare. For further information, travelers may contact the Embassy of Jamaica at 1520 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036, telephone (202) 452-0660; the Jamaican Consulate in Miami or New York; honorary consuls in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Seattle or Los Angeles. Visit the Embassy of Jamaica web site at www.embassyofjamaica.org for the most current visa information.
Thanks for all of your input! I'll make sure to have some cash on me just in case. :)