Travel Information for Jamaica
Time zone:GMT -5 (Caribbean standard time) Daylight savings:    None
Main languages:English
Currency: Jamaican dollars (JMD)

1 = J$144, $1 = J$129, £1 = J$171

(rates as of Sep 2016)

Internet Domain:.jmInternational Dialling Code:    1876

For help planning your trip to Jamaica including visas, vaccinations, currency exchange, flights, accomodation and insurance, see our Jamaica trip planning page.

Further information on Jamaica

Discover more about Jamaica - the country's geogrpahy and natural features, an assessment of its status on freedom and rights and data on the country's population and economy.

Geography & Natural Features

Map of jamaica

Total area: 10,991 sq km (160 sq km under water)

Coastline: 1,022 km (Caribbean Sea)

Neighbours (border lengths): No land borders

Climate: Tropical climate that is hot and humid on the coasts and cooler in the interior highlands. Risk of hurricanes between July and November.

Highest mountain: Blue Mountain Peak (2,256m)

Freedom & Rights

Summary status and rankings for Jamaica from classifications of different organisations measuring political and economic freedom, democracy and civil rights. See more details of these rankings.

Freedom in the WorldFree -
Democracy IndexFlawed democracy 43/167
Economic FreedomModerately Free 48/179
Press FreedomSatisfactory situation 9/179
ILGA LGBT rightsNo rights -
Corruption PerceptionsMedium corruption 85/174
Overall Ranking:    74/195

Other Data & Links

Status: Independent Country

Population: 2,930,050 (rank: 137/196)     Density: 266.5 people/sq km (rank: 31/196)

Ethnic groups: black 91.2%, mixed 6.2%, other or unknown 2.6% (2001 census)

Religions: Protestant 62.5% (Seventh-Day Adventist 10.8%, Pentecostal 9.5%, Other Church of God 8.3%, Baptist 7.2%, New Testament Church of God 6.3%, Church of God in Jamaica 4.8%, Church of God of Prophecy 4.3%, Anglican 3.6%, other Christian 7.7%), Roman Catholic 2.6%, other or unspecified 14.2%, none 20.9%, (2001 census)

GDP (PPP): $25.13 billion       GDP per capita: $9,000 (rank: 101/195)

Information derived from the CIA World Factbook. Other country profiles: BBC News.