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.

To add, I am constantly visiting visa-free countries and sharing the highlights over on Instagram. Be sure to follow my account here: @theworldupcloser

1. Antigua 

Now, 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.

Read: 10 Best Things To Do In Antigua

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).

Read Next: Visa-Free “First World” Countries You Can Visit On a Jamaican Passport

south-africa-penguinsSouth Africa via Casey Allen

3. Cuba

If you’ve read any of my 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.

Read: 10 Reasons You Need to Visit Cuba

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! 🙂

Read: International Travel Insurance for Jamaicans

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.

 

Eat well, Travel Well!

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  • BRIAN
    November 23, 2019

    Hi she! Thanks for this very usefull article is has helped me a lot to make up my mind. And I will now be taking steps to make travel aarrangements thanks so much. Hope you don’t mind if I reach out to you for further information most likely on IG if needs be. Have a blessed day

  • Nikki
    November 14, 2019

    Hi Shea,
    Great idea to do such a post. Jamaican can also visit Turkey. The visa is issued at the airport and it’s literally a paper excercise. I went when I had a Jamaican passport and it was simple and easy. You didn’t even have to queue in a separate line.

  • Jermaine
    September 6, 2019

    Hey Shea, great post. I’m quite surprised Brazil didn’t make your list though, as it’s also Visa free for Jamaicans…

  • Gillyfut
    July 16, 2019

    What about South Korea! It is visa free the last time I checked. It should be lovely in Seoul!

  • Trisan
    July 6, 2019

    It is very annoying that the flights to other Caribbean islands are so expensive. I think it deters many travels to them.

  • jabari henry
    May 26, 2019

    This was very informative thank you!

    • Camille
      jabari henry
      October 23, 2019

      True… very informative! I’m thinking of Singapore for 2020.

  • Landé Murray
    March 14, 2019

    Hey Shae, going to Antigua, I do not need a Visa right?
    And if that’s so, what is the cost for plane tickets, I am not sure how the travelling thing works, because I have never left JA before, but Ialways wanna travel, so can you help me,…….

  • Julz
    February 9, 2019

    Hi. I have a friend who is in London, on a Jamaican passport (legal in London but not a citizen there as yet). Im from Belize and will be getting married there in June. He wants to come to the wedding but we are trying to find out due to no straight flight, if he can travel from London thru USA to Belize without a visa ? I am doing some research to see if he will need a transit visa but not finding anything. Kindly help please

  • Nicole
    February 8, 2019

    Hey shea I’m a jamaican and I would want to visit Croatia but not sure how to go about applying for visa. Can u help please

    • Sash
      Nicole
      March 13, 2019

      Hi Nicole.
      You usually have to go online and book an appointment with the Croatian embassy (London). Before your appointment you will need to print and complete the form and have all required documents (Information can be found on the website)… Google Croatian tourist visa application UK…
      It Is pretty straight forward. I’m a Jamaican livibg in the UK also but frequently travel to EU countries.

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  • paige
    February 4, 2019

    i have checked google for visa requirement for Jamaican passport holders who wish to travel to Cuba.
    according to google searches, visa are required to go to Cuba on a Jamaican passport.

    please correct me if i am wrong.

    • Shea Powell
      paige
      February 4, 2019

      A visa is not required. However, a visa-card is required which can be purchased at the Cuban Embassy. A visa-card is quite different from an actual visa.

      • Shantel Webster
        Shea Powell
        March 4, 2019

        Hey Shea Powell I want to get a work permit for the Cayman island I am a Jamaican how do I go about it please help me

      • Kirk
        Shea Powell
        April 18, 2019

        Hello I,m a Jamaican that want to go to the gambia can I go through Cuba?

  • Lady Maitland
    December 18, 2018

    Thanks so much, I have friend that wants to tae a honeymoon and holds a Jamaican passport. I’ll relay the information.

  • Lady Maitland
    December 18, 2018

    Thanks so much, I have friend that wants to tae a honeymoon and holds a Jamaican visa. I’ll relay the information.

  • Keody
    December 17, 2018

    Do you know if i need a visa to visit Saudi Arabia with a Jamaican passport .

  • Timothy
    November 24, 2018

    I have a friend that lives in Jamaica that holds a jamaican passport but not a Visa and traveling to the Dominican Republic which is not required for a Visa, but they’re connected flights from Jamaica to Miami, from Miami to the Dominican Republic and the return is the same. So is a Visa needed for the connections in the US?

    • Shea Powell
      Timothy
      November 24, 2018

      Hi Timonthy,

      Yes, they’ll need a visa to transit in Miami. Whether it be a transit visa or a regular visa.. either way they’ll need one. FYI, InterCaribbean Airways now flies directly to DR form Kgn.

  • Jason
    November 12, 2018

    Hi Shea I am not sure if you are still responding to this replies.

    I am a Jamaican living in the US holding a permanent residency card. I am looking to travel to Singapore, your article helped with some of the questions I have however I do have a few more I would like to ask you. Can you please reach out to me on [email protected].

    Thanks

  • Jay
    November 11, 2018

    This is really nice and you inspire me keep doing what you do

  • Nardy
    October 1, 2018

    How do you fund your travels?

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  • Denise H
    August 30, 2018

    Shea, what’s the best route for Botswana ???

  • Wendy
    August 28, 2018

    My boyfriend and I are planning a Caribbean trip and it’s honestly been hectic. This has certainly helped a whole lot. Was trying to find your Instagram handle on here but I’m not seeing it. ❤️

    • Shea Powell
      Wendy
      August 28, 2018

      Hi Wendy, I am so happy this was of some help. In terms of my Instagram account, my user is: @theworldupcloser. It’s “The World Up Closer” on just about every social media platform.

      Thanks for stopping by and happy travels! (:

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  • Deidra
    July 14, 2018

    I love your posts, hoping one day i will be able to realize my dream of world travels, for now though i’ll vicariously travel through you. When it’s my time i will sure be consulting you all the way. Thanks Shea, continue doing what you love!!

  • Richard s
    June 30, 2018

    Very interesting, thanks for these great tips

  • Jeimarr Stanley
    June 14, 2018

    Hi Shay it’s all going to travel to Subaru are going to stop in Panama watch it going to cost me to get there

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  • kwis
    April 23, 2018

    Hi Shea , im planning to visit the Bahamas in June for a weeks vacation. Any tips or advice in that respect?

  • Astley
    April 21, 2018

    I hope you enjoyed Antigua. It’s a beautiful island.

    • Shea Powell
      Astley
      April 24, 2018

      I haven’t been yet. Visiting in 4 days! I’m so excited!

  • Jodi-Ann West
    April 2, 2018

    Hi Shea, I think I need some guidance as to how to book flights. For example, if I am going to Peru. Should I purchase round trip tickets for Panama and round trip tickets to Peru?

    • Dee Dee
      Jodi-Ann West
      August 30, 2018

      You can do that OR you buy round trip tickets to Peru , on Copa . I usually try both combinations and see which one works out cheaper. Copa.com is one o free most user friendly sites I’ve tried . Peru s fantastic . Happy Travels !

  • Phatty
    March 30, 2018

    This was very useful and enlightening!

  • Ricardo
    March 29, 2018

    Great article…you have always aroused my interest in travelling to one of these destinations. Maybe I need to make arrangements to hop on a flight with you as my travel partner. Lol! I am curious to know though are there direct or connecting flights from Montego-Bay (MBJ) to any of the destinations you’ve mentioned? I realize you’ve only mentioned flights from Kingston (NMIA) to these destinations.

    Regards

  • Sharon Sheriff-White
    March 17, 2018

    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!

  • Leighton Williams
    March 16, 2018

    So what of traveling from Montego Bay?

  • Rena
    March 12, 2018

    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
      Rena
      March 19, 2018

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

  • Jhay
    March 9, 2018

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

  • Abigail J Smith
    March 8, 2018

    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
      Abigail J Smith
      March 9, 2018

      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.

  • Felly Boo
    February 28, 2018

    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”.

  • Francis Cassell
    February 28, 2018

    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!!

  • Heapat
    February 27, 2018

    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.

    • Kerri ann
      Heapat
      March 10, 2018

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

  • Shari T.
    February 27, 2018

    I enjoy reading your posts. Keep them coming!

  • Zela
    February 26, 2018

    Ok thanks so much for clarifying!

  • Zela
    February 26, 2018

    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
      Zela
      February 26, 2018

      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.

      • Jeimarr Stanley
        Shea Powell
        June 14, 2018

        Hi Shay if I traveling from Jamaica Kingston Jamaica to Peru do I need a Visa or passport at what it costs. Cost me how much are going to pay for the flight to get to Peru from Jamaica

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