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10 Best Visa-Free Countries to Visit on A Jamaican Passport (2018 Version)

It was just over a year ago, I decided to share some insights on what it is like travelling with a Jamaican passport and also going to the extent of recommending a few countries. One of my many highlights in 2017 was completing my passport for the very first time. It is worn, torn and well used! Currently, it is my most prized- possession; a Jamaican passport filled with over 100 visa-on-arrival stamps and actual visas. Since then,  I have been feeling the need to revamp my last article; revised and updated. I have so much to share.

If there is nothing more I am proud of, I truly do enjoy reading messages, emails from The World Up Closer community about their experiences going on excursions, trips and trying to put the visa-free countries to use. The whole idea I wanted to get across as regards to travelling on a Jamaican passport is to sort of shed some light on the fact that we have options. It may not be many, but there are options.

I just received my new passport which has somewhat inspired this post. I cannot wait to get it all filled up! In the meantime, here are 10 Best Visa-Free Countries to Visit on a Jamaican Passport in 2018.

1. Antigua 

Let’s kickstart it off with Antigua!  I just scheduled a trip to the island in April and I cannot wait to have the chance to explore for the first time. Also, to make things a little easier, it’s good to start off with one of our very own; a Caribbean island.

There are direct flights out of the Norman Manley Airport in Kingston (KIN) to Saint John’s (AUN); the nation’s capital. Also, if you are looking to explore a country for the very first time, I recommend starting off with a Caribbean island.

Not having visited any other countries before and having a WUC reader go through a very daunting first travel experience… Here’s what you need to know before going on your first trip.

Also, the direct flights from KIN to AUN are only available about 2 to 3 times a week with Caribbean Airlines. Be sure to plan ahead.

antigua-the-caribbeanAntigua via Ted Martin

2. South Africa 

From what I have read, South Africa is a bucket-list item for many. Though I have mentioned this country before in my previous article, I feel the need to mention it again. It has been high on my bucket list too. The history, the culture, the people, the safaris; it is a complete package.

South Africa is visa-free for Jamaicans. If you are flying from Kingston, you can do so with Copa Airlines via Panama.

Here is the route: Kingston (KIN) > Panama City (PTY) >  Rio de Janiero(GIG)/ São Paulo (GIG)  > Cape Town (CPT).

If you currently hold a US visa then you can travel via Miami (MIA).

south-africa-penguinsSouth Africa via Casey Allen

3. Cuba

If you’ve read any of featured press articles, you’ll know that Cuba has been one of my all-time favourite countries to date. I first solo-travelled to Cuba in 2015 for 13 days and loved absolutely every minute of it.

Though Cuba is technically visa-free, you will need to acquire a tourist-card before entering the country. You can pick one up at a travel agency at an average price of $25.

If you are departing from Kingston(KIN), you can access Cuba(Havana) via Panama or the Cayman Islands with Copa Airlines or Caribbean Airlines respectively.

If you are connecting in the Cayman Islands, a visa is not required.

cuba-havana-the-world-up-closerHavana, Cuba via Nick Karvounis

4. Singapore

Let’s hop over to the Asian continent for a second and start off with Singapore. I cannot begin to express how happy I am that Singapore is visa-free. We all know that trying to obtain visas can be daunting and frustrating. But, let’s get into it… Here’s the deal with Singapore. Jamaicans can visit for up to 30 days in one visit. It’s easy to get around, ideal for solo travelling and supposedly a super fun country to explore.

Trying to visit Singapore from Jamaica can be a little difficult but fun. Here’s how you can do it if you do not currently hold a US visa.

If you are going to travel all the way from Jamaica to Asia, might as well you can make it into a multi-city trip. Make this one an adventure!

Travel from Kingston(KIN) to Panama (PTY) and spend a few days to explore Panama.

Travel from Panama (PTY) to Singapore(SIN).

Be sure to book a flight that has stopovers in Brazil & Dubai, rather than in Los Angeles (LAX). Brazil is visa-free and if your layover in Dubai is less than 8hrs then a transit visa is not required. Voilá!  Hello Singapore!

singapore-the-world-up-closerSingapore via Miguel Sousa

5. Malaysia 

Singapore and Malaysia are neighbouring countries and if you’re thinking about border-hopping, I am thinking the very same. Asia is a food haven for food lovers. If you are all food, culture, and history and just good vibes… This is the spot for you. Make it a visit after Singapore. You’re already this close!

Also, very important! If you are visiting countries that are not frequent by Jamaican or Caribbean travellers be sure to know the facts as it regards to visas and immigration. Sometimes, because immigration officers do not handle our passports very often they are unable to tell straight off the bat if we require a visa to enter or not. They will ask you about a visa before they look it up on their systems. This has happened to me before; I think maybe once or twice, to which I quickly responded: “Jamaicans are not required to have a visa to visit”. I had a smooth transition on both occasions. Be sure to know the facts.

With that being said, happy travels in Malaysia! 🙂

malaysiabat-caves-malaysia-the-world-up-closerMalaysia via News Triger

6. Georgetown, Guyana 

This is another straight flight from Kingston(KIN) with Fly Jamaica. Guyana is on the list for me this year and I cannot wait to visit the country. Also, Guyana is a  South American country. If you would like to explore South America, this could also be your access point to the continent.

Although it Guyana is located in South America, it is, however, considered to be part of the Caribbean. Please take into consideration that, even though this considered to be apart of Caribbean it does have something unique to offer. Usually, the talk of the town is that, “all Caribbean islands are the same”. I beg to differ. Yes, they have similar history, similar culture, but all islands (well, in this case, country) have something unique that sets them apart. Also, to add, I do think the Caribbean needs more inter-Caribbean travel amongst each other.

This is a direct flight, visa-free and with 0% hassle. Go for it! Kaieteur-Falls-guyana-the-world-up-closerKaieteur Falls via Bush Masters

7. Nassau, Bahamas

I have no issues with layovers, as it usually gives me some an opportunity to explore a new city or country. But, if it is direct and visa-free then I am all for it. You can hop on a straight flight from Kingston(KIN) to Nassau (NAS) with Caribbean Airlines.

If you think the beaches in Jamaica are stunning, wait until you get to the Bahamas. Even the pigs are a fan. (:

swimming-pigs-in-the-bahamasSwimming Pigs in the Bahamas via The Independent

8. Perú

I have so much love for Perú. If I could repeat that four(4) more times without sounding repetitive, I would. Perú, like Mexico is craved out for travellers, making it easy to get around to see the major sites. I visited Perú on my first backpacker trip to South America and I have been itching to go back ever since. Though, I have somewhat mentioned Peru in the 2016 version of this article… I feel the need to make mention of it again, as I believe it should be one for the books for everyone.

It is affordable, thick in culture, has so many places to see and things to do. If you are not convinced yet, here’s the kicker. It is visa-free for a whole 160days.

Here’s  how you can access Perú if you are travelling from Jamaica: Kingston (KIN) to Panama (PTY) and then Panama to Lima. Make sure to book these as separate flights.

Flight 1: Kingston to Panama
Flight 2: Panama to Lima

If you’re thinking breaking up  flights is a hassle, it’s not! Sometimes I break up my flights to avoid super long layovers or to get flights at a cheaper rate. Travel hack 101!

Huacachina-Desert-in-PerúHuacachina Desert in Perú

9.  Botswana 

I think it’s safe to say I am currently lusting over Botswana. Also, I did not realize that Botswana is visa-free until recently. If you’re looking to have an African adventure, you can simply tie in Botswana with South Africa. They are neighbouring countries.

botswana-safari-africa-the-world-up-closerBostwana Safari via Wild Images

10. Panama  

If you’re a Jamaican traveller without a US visa, you will be making most of your connections in Panama. This too, is a country to explore. It’s easy! You can get a direct flight from Kingston (KIN) with Copa Airlines to Panama City (PTY). Enjoy!

panama-city-the-world-up-closerPanama City via Emirate Town Office

Bonus: Serbia recently became visa-free for Jamaicans. I am super excited about this. While I try to figure out a route for those who do not currently hold a US visa, enjoy this listicle of visa-free countries.


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  • Reply Sharon Sheriff-White March 17, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    I truly enjoy your post and find that we share the same fascination with travel. I am impressed with your attention to detail and I would love to help craft info on departures from Montego Bay!

  • Reply Leighton Williams March 16, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    So what of traveling from Montego Bay?

  • Reply Rena March 12, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    Hi Shea,
    Thanks so much for this info. You have peaked my interest in travelling to some of these countries however when would be the best time to travel to them… I’m looking and I’m seeing tickets for over US$2000 to visit Cuba in August (1 adult+1child). How do I find out the off-peak seasons

    • Shea Powell
      Reply Shea Powell March 19, 2018 at 1:23 am

      Hi Rena. It’s unlikely that the tickets would be so expensive. Check with Copa Airlines, Linea Cubana or Cayman Airways for better options.

  • Reply Jhay March 9, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    Great article. I shall be visiting some of these places soon.

  • Reply Abigail J Smith March 8, 2018 at 11:54 pm

    Hi Shea, Do you know what is needed if you are flying to Cuba from the US as a Jamaican citizen? If a visa is needed, where in the US should I get one?

    • Shea Powell
      Reply Shea Powell March 9, 2018 at 9:29 pm

      Hi Abigail, if you’re travelling to Cuba on the Jamaican passport from the US, treat it as the same. You’ll just need the visa-card. Immigration will process your entry as a Jamaican citizen.

  • Reply Felly Boo February 28, 2018 at 6:48 pm

    Here is a human being who is living the way we were intended. You go girl! I can’t wait to put aside my fears of traveling solo and just go for it. Thanks Shea and keep “living”.

  • Reply Francis Cassell February 28, 2018 at 6:50 am

    Thanks for a very, very interesting article!! Superb reading. Such adventures. My and I have been to South Africa, it was great!!! The culture and the food and people reminds us of Jamaica!! Even the transportation system!! I didn’t know that there were so many visa-free places that is accessible to Jamaicans, nice places too!!

  • Reply Heapat February 27, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    Correction to your post on Guyana. It is not an island but part of South America. However it is considered part of the Caribbean as you said.

    • Reply Kerri ann March 10, 2018 at 6:07 pm

      Correction???? You’ve basically repeated what she said.

  • Reply Shari T. February 27, 2018 at 8:18 am

    I enjoy reading your posts. Keep them coming!

  • Reply Zela February 26, 2018 at 11:50 pm

    Ok thanks so much for clarifying!

  • Reply Zela February 26, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    Great article. Could you clarify this statement under the Cuba post

    “If you are transiting via the Cayman Islands you will not need a visa.”

    • Shea Powell
      Reply Shea Powell February 26, 2018 at 9:06 pm

      Hi Zela, thanks so much! If you are connecting in the Cayman Islands to visit Cuba You will not need a visa. The Cayman Islands is not a visa-free country for Jamaicans, however if you’re just connecting…no visa required.

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