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Consular
Consular
Overview of services provided

The Embassy of Jamaica is committed to providing efficient and courteous consular advice and service to both Jamaicans and non-Jamaicans.

Among the services provided for Jamaicans are:

  • Accepting and processing  passport applications for issuance by the Immigration, Passport and Citizenship Division of  the Ministry of National Security, Kingston;
  • Issuing  of Emergency Certificates;
  • Facilitating and providing advice on matters relating to Jamaican citizenship;
  • Providing information and facilitating applications for records such as birth, marriage and death certificates and police record;
  • Providing information for returning residents;
  • Authentication of documents;
  • Providing information on Tax Registration Number (TRN) and conducting legal transactions in Jamaica;
  • Providing information on living and working in Japan;
  • Providing information on procedures regarding donations to Jamaican institutions;
  • Providing information on importation of motor vehicles from Japan to Jamaica;
  • Providing information on business and investment in Jamaica;
  • Providing general information on Jamaica to facilitate promotion of Jamaica by Jamaicans in Japan;
  • Assistance (non-financial) and advice to Jamaicans in distress;
  • Assistance in contacting next of kin in the event of emergencies;
  • Information by e-mail on important events in Jamaica and Japan.

Among the services provided to non-Jamaicans are:

  • Providing information on visa requirements for Jamaica and issuing of visas;
  • Providing information on applying for work permit;
  • Providing residency and citizenship information;
  • Providing information and facilitating applications for records such as marriage certificates and police records;
  • Advising on procedures for getting married in Jamaica, as well as procedures for getting married to a Jamaican national;
  • Providing information on visiting Jamaica and studying English in Jamaica;
  • Authentication of documents.
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Jamaican Citizenship

Jamaican Citizenship
The Jamaican constitution provides for the acquisition of Jamaican citizenship on any of the following bases:

  • By birth;
  • Descent;
  • Registration as a citizen based on marriage to a Jamaican citizen; or
  • Adoption.

All applications for citizenship may be made directly to the Ministry of National Security of Jamaica at the following address:

Ministry of National Security
Immigration, Citizenship & Passport Division
25 Constant Spring Road
Kingston 10
Jamaica, West Indies
Tel. (876) 906 1497 or (876) 906 4474

Applications may also be submitted through the Embassy of Jamaica in Tokyo, for which purpose a processing fee of ¥3000 will be charged.

Applicants who are submitting their applications through the Embassy of Jamaica in Tokyo must submit the original of all documents. These will be copied and certified by the Embassy for transmission to the Ministry of National Security of Jamaica, and the originals will be returned.

Citizenship by Birth
Citizenship by birth is applicable as follows:

  • Any person born in Jamaica prior to August 5, 1962, who was on that date, a citizen of the United Kingdom and colonies;
  • Any person born in Jamaica after August 5, 1962.

Citizenship by Descent
In order to apply for Citizenship on the basis of Descent, applicants must submit a Citizenship by Descent Application Form to the Ministry of National Security of Jamaica, along with the following documents:

  • Certified copy of applicant’s birth certificate;
  • Certified copy of original birth certificate of mother or father;
  • Certified copies of the first five pages or the data page of the passport of the mother or father;
  • Certified copy of parent’s marriage certificate, where applicable;
  • Two certified passport-sized photographs.

The processing time is approximately six (6) to twelve (12) months.

After the Ministry of National Security is satisfied that the criteria for obtaining Jamaican Citizenship have been fulfilled, a Letter of Certification of Jamaican Citizenship will be issued.  The individual would now be eligible to apply for a Jamaican passport.

Please note that an application for Jamaica Citizenship may be submitted simultaneously with a first time passport application. However, the passport will not be issued until the certification of citizenship is finalized. Where both applications are being made at the same time, the applicant should submit in addition to the application for citizenship documents, a completed passport application form, four, instead of two photographs, and pay the requisite passport and processing fees.

Citizenship by Marriage
Non-Jamaicans who are desirous of obtaining Citizenship on the basis of Marriage must submit an Application Form to the Ministry of National Security of Jamaica, along with the following documents:

  • Completed Registration Form RI in duplicate (which may be obtained from the Embassy of Jamaica in Tokyo);
  • Applicant’s birth certificate and passport;
  • Certified copy of the birth certificate and passport of the Jamaican national (spouse);
  • Certified copy of Marriage Certificate;
  • Two passport-sized photographs of the applicant;
  • Tax Compliance Certificate ( if resident in Jamaica);
  • Police Report ( Character Reference);
  • Fee of $7,000 Jamaican dollars or the equivalent in American dollars, in the form of an International Money Order payable to the Ministry of National Security of Jamaica.

The processing time is approximately six (6) to twelve (12) months.

Permanent Residence
Any foreigner who has lived in Jamaica continuously for a minimum of two (2) years is eligible for consideration for permanent residency status, provided that they establish residency either through Visa/Work Permit application or Registration.

To qualify for residency in Jamaica the following should be submitted to the Ministry of National Security for consideration:

  • Valid national passport;
  • Evidence of financial status and means of support, such as pension information, bank account, property owned and business investment;
  • Certified copy of birth certificate;
  • Certified copy of Marriage Certificate, as well as information on spouse, children and dependents, where applicable;
  • Medical Certificate of good health;
  • Police Certificate from the country from which the applicant is migrating;
  • Two (2) recent passport-sized photographs;
  • Reasons for seeking permanent residence in Jamaica;
  • Names and addresses of at least two reputable references or acquaintances. 

The processing time is approximately three (3) to four (4) months.

Persons who are applying for residency and who will need to seek employment in order to maintain themselves in Jamaica must also apply for a Work Permit at the Ministry of Labour and Social Security. On approval of the work permit, which is usually based on a job offer, a visa will be granted. Once this visa is issued, the person may apply for a multiple re-entry visa from the Immigration Department prior to any overseas travel.

Permanent Residency Status may be withdrawn at the discretion of the Minister of National Security of Jamaica.

Citizenship by Naturalization
The Jamaican Nationality Act of 1962 provides for the granting of Certificates of Naturalization to persons who have lived in Jamaica continuously for a minimum of five (5) years and are of good character. Other factors taken into account in granting Citizenship by Naturalization include financial standing, as well as the applicant’s contribution and involvement in the society.

Applicants should also have resided in Jamaica for at least twelve (12) months preceding the date of application and must state their intention to live in Jamaica if naturalization is granted.

In order to apply for Naturalization, applicants should complete in duplicate, a Naturalization Form N1, which may be obtained from the Jamaica Printing Office, and submit along with the following documents:

  • Birth certificate and any other evidence of nationality;
  • Passport on which the applicant originally entered Jamaica;
  • Current passport, if different from above;
  • Work permit or Exemption Certificate;
  • Tax Compliance Certificate;
  • Two (2) passport-sized photographs certified by a Justice of the Peace; 
  • Evidence of any community activities in which the applicant may be involved.

The cost of Naturalization is $10,050 Jamaican dollars, including a non-refundable deposit of $2,000 on application. The remaining $8,000 is payable to the Accountant General’s Department on approval of the application and $50 is payable for Stamp Duty.

Renunciation of Jamaican Citizenship
Applicants should give very careful consideration before applying to renounce their Jamaican citizenship.

When convinced that it is necessary to do so, a person may renounce his/her Jamaican Citizenship, provided that the individual is an adult of sound mental capacity who is either a national of a foreign country or has been assured of such nationality if he/she renounces Jamaican Nationality.

In order to apply, please obtain a Declaration of Renunciation of Citizenship Form. This form should be completed in triplicate and signed in the presence of a Notary Public or Consular Officer. The form should then be submitted along with the following:

  • Jamaican passport;
  • Certified copy of birth certificate;
  • Two (2) passport-sized photographs certified by a Notary Public or Consular Officer;
  • Application fee of $30,000 Jamaican dollars or equivalent in American dollars payable to the Ministry of National Security. 

Applicants will be required to submit evidence of other nationality or proof of eligibility to obtain other nationality upon relinquishing their Jamaican citizenship.

The processing time is approximately six (6) to twelve (12) months.

Restoration of Citizenship
Individuals who had previous renounced their Jamaican Citizenship may apply for Restoration of Jamaican Citizenship by completing in duplicate, a Restoration of Citizenship ( Form R5) which may be obtained from the Embassy of Jamaica in Tokyo. This should be completed and submitted along with the following:

  • Letter of Renunciation;
  • Proof of current citizenship;
  • Two (2) passport-sized photographs certified by a Notary Public of Consular Officer;
  • Application fee of $15,000 Jamaican dollars or the equivalent in American dollars payable to the Ministry of National Security.

The processing time is approximately six (6) to twelve (12) months.

Alien Registration
All foreigners over the age of sixteen (16) years who expect to be in Jamaica for more than six (6) months are required to register as aliens at the Ministry of National Security, Immigration, Citizenship and Passport Division, 25 Constant Spring Road, Kingston 10, Jamaica. The registration fee is $1,000 Jamaican dollars.

Registration of Minors
The Ministry of National Security has discretionary powers to grant Jamaican Citizenship by Certification to any minor. In order to apply for this, the applicant’s parent or legal guardian should complete a Registration Form R4 which is available at the Ministry of National Security of Jamaica, and submit along with the particulars of two (2) references in Jamaica, who will be interviewed by an officer of the Ministry. The cost of Registration is $2,500 Jamaican dollars.

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Passport

Old PassportFees & Requirements for obtaining a Jamaican Passport

The Government of Jamaica began phasing out the old format blue-coloured passport in 2002 and has been issuing new machine readable passports. Although the old format passports will remain valid until their date of expiry, persons who have not already done so are encouraged to apply for the new machine readable passport.

New PassportThe new machine readable passports are issued by the Immigration, Citizenship and Passport Office in Kingston. All passport applications from outside Jamaica should be made through the nearest Jamaican Embassy or Consulate.

In order to avoid delays, applicants are advised to read carefully the instructions on the passport application form, complete and sign all relevant sections, as well as submit all the necessary supporting documentation.

Passport applications must be accompanied by the following:

  • Completed passport application form (click here to download form in pdf format *);
  • Original birth certificate;
  • Original Marriage, Divorce, or Death Certificate, as appropriate (Officially translated & certified documents MUST be submitted, where necessary);
  • Three (3) Passport-sized photographs (one to be certified by a Notary Public, Jamaican Honorary Consul or Consular Officer);
  • Expired or current Jamaican passport;
  • Police Report in the case of lost passport;
  • Requisite passport fee.

Applicants born overseas

If the applicant was born overseas, one of the following should also be submitted:

  • Letter of Certificate of Citizenship;
  • Certificate of Naturalization; or
  • Certificate of Registration.

First time applicants

Passport requests from first time applicants, including minors, require proof of claim to citizenship.  In this case the following additional documents must be submitted:

  • Letter to the Ministry of National Security, Kingston requesting citizenship on the basis of descent for the child and including information on the parent(s) and grandparents;
  • Original birth certificate of the child (where appropriate, documents must be officially translated and certified by a Notary Public);
  • Original birth, marriage certificate ( if appropriate) and passport of parent(s);
  • Two additional passport-sized photographs.

(see procedures for Jamaican citizenship)

Addition of Married Name

Please note that it is NOT possible to add a married name to the new machine
readable passport. Where an applicant desires to include a married name in the  
passport, a new passport application should be made, submitting the current passport, original birth certificate, original marriage certificate, original divorce certificate or death certificate, as appropriate, as well as payment of the full passport fee.

Photographs

In order to avoid rejection of photographs during the processing of any passport application, applicants are advised to ensure that:

  • photographs are not older than six (6) months;
  • photographs are of high quality;
  • photographs show skin tone and have appropriate brightness or contrast;
  • there are no shadows or flash reflections on the photograph;
  • the applicant’s eyes are open and both ears are visible;
  • the back of one (1) photograph only is certified.

Passport fees:

New Adult Passport - ¥ 14,200
New Child Passport* - ¥ 10,200
Replacement of lost passport (adult) - ¥ 24,200
Replacement of lost passport (child) - ¥ 14,200

Note

The processing of each passport application takes approximately four (4) weeks from receipt of the application in Kingston. Once the new machine readable passport is ready, it will be returned to the applicant along with the cancelled passport, all original documents submitted, as well as receipt for payment.

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Visa

Visa Regulation for Jamaica

General
All visitors to Jamaica must possess a valid national passport or some form of travel document establishing nationality and identity, to which a photograph must be attached. The passport or other document should be valid for the intended period of stay in Jamaica. Visitors should also provide evidence of sufficient funds to support themselves during their stay and be in possession of a return ticket or a ticket to a third destination to which they are admissible.

The final decision on admission of a visitor to Jamaica and the duration of permissible stay rests with the Jamaican Immigration Officer at the port of entry. This applies whether or not a visa is a prerequisite for admission.

Visas are normally valid for a single entry within three (3) months of their date of issue.

Residents of Asian countries may submit visa applications to the Embassy of Jamaica in Tokyo or the nearest Jamaican Consulate in Asia.

Visa applications to the Embassy of Jamaica in Tokyo may be made in person or sent by registered mail, enclosing a return self-addressed stamped envelope.

Visa Applications not requiring the prior approval of the Ministry of National Security of Jamaica are normally processed by the Embassy of Jamaica in Tokyo within one (1) day. Applications which have to be referred to Jamaica for approval may take up to one (1) month or longer to be processed.

In the following cases, prior approval for the issue of the visa must be obtained from the Ministry of National Security in Jamaica.

  • Foreign nationals wishing to enter Jamaica for permanent residence;
  • Foreign nationals wishing to take up employment, set up business or engage in professional practice;
  • Holders of non-national travel documents, unless in possession of a valid re-entry permit to their country of residence and evidence of full payment of transportation to that country;
  • Nationals of certain countries.

Categories of Persons who DO NOT require a visa to enter Jamaica
Japanese nationals DO NOT require a visa to visit Jamaica for tourist or business purposes, provided that the intended period of stay does not exceed thirty (30) days.

Citizens of the United States of America and citizens of Commonwealth countries, with the exception of Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe, DO NOT require an entry visa for Jamaica for tourism, provided that the intended period of stay does not exceed six (6) months, or for business provided that the intended period of stay does not exceed thirty (30) days.

Cruise passengers of any nationality who only intend to remain in Jamaica during the stay of the vessel by which they arrive, DO NOT require a visa or passport to visit Jamaica.

Please click here for the full list of countries whose nationals are exempt from the requirement of a tourist visa for the periods stated.

It is strongly recommended that prospective visitors consult with the closest Jamaican Embassy or Jamaican Consulate in advance of their visit, as this list is subject to change without notice.


Categories of Persons who DO require a visa to enter Jamaica
Japanese nationals who propose to visit Jamaica for tourism or business for periods in excess of 30 days, or as students.

Please click here for a list of countries whose nationals require a visa to enter Jamaica.

It is strongly recommended that prospective visitors consult with the closest Jamaican Embassy or Jamaican Consulate in advance of their visit, as this list is subject to change without notice.


VISA APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Tourist and Transit Visas
To apply for a tourist or transit visa please submit the following:

  • Completed visa application form (pdf format*);
  • Two (2) Passport-sized photographs;
  • Copy of travel itinerary or return ticket;
  • Bank Statement;
  • Valid Passport;
  • Payment of ¥ 3,000.

Nationals of Taiwan MUST complete a Form of Affidavit (on which the visa will be issued), and submit one additional photograph.

Student Visas
To apply for a student visa please submit the following:

  • Completed visa application form (pdf format*);
  • Two (2) Passport-sized photographs;
  • Copy of travel itinerary or return ticket valid for one (1) year;
  • Bank statement;
  • Valid Passport;
  • Letter of acceptance from the school or institution which the student will be attending;
  • Payment of ¥ 3,000

Diplomatic and Official Visas
Diplomatic and Official Passport holders should submit the following:

  • Completed visa application form (pdf format*);
  • National passport valid for at least six (6) months;
  • Note Verbale from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Mission to which the applicant is attached, stating the purpose and intended period of visit;
  • Two (2) Passport-sized photographs.

Diplomatic and official Visas are granted free of charge.

Business Visas
To apply for a business visa please submit the following:

  • Completed visa application form (pdf format*);
  • Two (2) Passport-sized photographs;
  • Copy of travel itinerary or return ticket;
  • Company letter and/or Bank Statement;
  • Valid Passport;
  • Work permit issued by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security of Jamaica in the case of employment and/or establishment of a business in Jamaica;
  • Payment of ¥ 5,000.

PLEASE NOTE THAT AS OF MONDAY, 10TH DECEMBER 2012, THE PROCESSING TIME FOR
ALL VISA APPLICATIONS WILL BE 3-5 BUSINESS DAYS.

Nationals of countries who would not normally require a visa for Jamaica may travel to Jamaica on short term business WITHOUT a visa for a period not exceeding thirty (30) days.


Work Permit
Persons who propose to accept employment in Jamaica must provide evidence that a work permit has been issued to them by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security of Jamaica before entering the country. The work permit application is normally made by the prospective employer.

Work permit application procedures and application form may be obtained from:
http://www.jis.gov.jm/work%20permit%20procedures_revised.pdf
http://www.jis.gov.jm/WorkPermitApplicationForm.pdf

A waiver of work permit may be made for journalists/filming crew who wish to work in Jamaica for less than thirty (30) days within a calendar year, whether or not those thirty days run consecutively. Additional information may be obtained from: www.jamaicatradeandinvest.org.

A Police Clearance Certificate must be submitted to the Ministry of Labour and Social Security of Jamaica in order to obtain a Jamaican work permit.

How to obtain a Police Clearance Certificate in Japan
Persons who wish to obtain a Jamaican work permit must submit a Japanese Police Clearance Certificate to the Ministry of Labour and Social Security of Jamaica. Please refer to the following website for the procedures: http://www.keishicho.metro.tokyo.jp/foreign/apply/tokoue.htm

In order to satisfy the Japanese Police Department of the need for the Police Clearance Certificate, it is necessary to submit a letter from the Embassy of Jamaica along with your application. In order to obtain this letter, please complete the attached form and return it by mail to the Embassy of Jamaica, along with a copy of data page of your passport and fee of ¥ 2,000.


Visa Regulations for Japanese Nationals Travelling to Trinidad and Tobago

General
As of 1st February, 2011, the Embassy of Jamaica, Tokyo, acting on behalf of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, will be issuing entry visas to Japanese nationals wishing to travel to Trinidad and Tobago.

Visa Applications

Applications for entry visas to Trinidad and Tobago may be made to the Embassy of Jamaica in person or sent by registered mail. All applications sent by mail should include a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Please visit http://www.hctt.net/pdfs/visa-form-n-procedure.pdf for Application Forms and detailed information on the application process.

Fees
Fees for Trinidad and Tobago Entry Visas:

  • Single Entry - ¥3,000
  • Multiple Entry - ¥6,000

The Ministry of Health advises:

1.Only individuals travelling directly from countries listed on the World Health Organization (WHO) 2016, list of countries requiring Yellow Fever vaccines are required to provide proof of vaccination for entry in accordance with the WHO guidance on this matter.

2.Persons transiting through countries listed by the WHO as requiring yellow fever vaccination will not be required to provide proof of vaccination if their stay is for 12 hours or less.

3. Those arriving from a country designated by the WHO, as having active yellow fever transmission but not experiencing a current outbreak and are not in possession of a yellow fever vaccination certificate, will be interviewed and screened for symptoms. If found to be asymptomatic, they can be landed, given a health alert card and advised to immediately contact the nearest health department should any symptoms develop. For persons who are symptomatic, further investigations will be carried out, which may include refused landing or quarantine and examination by a physician to rule out yellow fever.

4.At this time anyone arriving from Angola directly or indirectly must provide proof of yellow fever vaccination.

Please refer to the updated WHO link for countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and countries requiring yellow fever vaccination at: http://www.who.int/ith/2016-ith-annex1.pdf

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Customs

Customs Regulations and Prohibited Items

The Customs regulations of Jamaica allow for each passenger to receive duty free concessions and special exemptions on certain items. Some items are also prohibited from Jamaica. 

For general customs information and relevant forms please visit the website of Jamaica Customs: http://www.jacustoms.gov.jm
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Certification of Documents

In cases where official documents or their copies must be submitted in connection with certain consular or administrative procedures, it is often required that these documents be legalized or authenticated beforehand by the closest Jamaican Embassy.

The Embassy of Jamaica in Tokyo provides legalization and authentication services for official documents at a cost of ¥2,000 per signature. Applicants may submit the documents to the Embassy by mail or in person, along with the relevant fee in cash or bank draft made payable to the Embassy of Jamaica.  Official Receipts will be issued for all payments.

Authentication of Certificates of Pharmaceutical Products

In accordance with guidelines from the Ministry of Health of Jamaica, pharmaceutical companies in foreign countries that are desirous of exporting their products to Jamaica must have the corresponding Certificates of Pharmaceutical Products (CPPs) authenticated by the closest Jamaican Embassy.

For pharmaceutical exports from India, the CPPs should be submitted to the Embassy of Jamaica in Tokyo for authentication.

However, before sending the CPPs to the Embassy, it is absolutely vital to have the documents legalized beforehand by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) of India. For the requirements of the MEA in this regard, please consult: missioncons@nic.in or socions@mea.gov.in

The cost for authentication of CPPs is ¥2,000 or US$20 per signature. Please pre-pay return postage by FEDEX or DHL or authorize the Embassy to use your FEDEX or DHL account number to return the documents. Alternatively, you may send an additional US$20 for return postage by regular mail or US$50 for postage by FEDEX.

All payments should be made by bank draft in the name of the Embassy of Jamaica. Official Receipts will be issued.

Please note that an additional fee of US$10 for bank charges should be included for cheques which are not drawn on Citibank.

The documents and the relevant fees should be forwarded to:

Embassy of Jamaica
Toranomon Yatsuka Building 2F
1-1-11 Atago, Minato-ku
Tokyo 105-0002
JAPAN
Telephone: (813) 3435-1861
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Birth, Death, Marriage and other Certificates

Procedures for obtaining Birth, Death and Marriage Certificates

Original birth, death and marriage certificates are issued in Jamaica by the Registrar General’s Department (RGD).

Applicants are required to complete and submit directly or through a Jamaican Embassy or Consulate, the relevant application form, along with the relevant payment and contact details of the person making the application. 

The cost for a set of six copies of a birth, death or marriage certificate is US$55 for the ordinary service or US$85 for the express service. Payment should be in the form of an International Money Order, made payable to the Registrar General’s Department.

Applicants may also submit and track the status of their application by visiting the RGD website: www.rgd.gov.jm

The process takes between two to four weeks from receipt by the Registrar General for ordinary applications, and one to ten days in the case of the express service.

Other services provided by the Registrar General’s Department include:

  • Late entry of name;
  • Addition of father’s particulars;
  • Adoption;
  • Late registration and Re-registration;
  • Genealogical research.
Download forms in pdf format*:
Application for Marriage Certificates
Application for Birth Certificates
Application for Death Certificates

Procedures for obtaining Police Record

Police records may be obtained from the Criminal Records Office of the Police Department, 34 Duke Street, Kingston, Jamaica.

The following documents should be submitted:

  • Three passport-sized photographs, one of which must be certified by either a Notary Public, Justice of the Peace, Family Physician or Consular Officer;
  • Two (2) sets of finger prints of each hand;
  • Certified copy of the data page of applicant’s passport;
  • Cover letter, addressed to the Senior Superintended of Police and signed by the applicant, requesting the certificate and stating the reason the police Certificate is needed e.g. for a work permit or permanent residence application etc. The application should be addressed to:
    Senior Superintended of Police
    i/c Technical Services Division
    34 Duke street
    Kingston C.S.O.
    Jamaica, W.I.
  • Last home address and place of employment (if appropriate), in Jamaica;
  • An international Money Order in either United States Dollars (USD$), Pound Sterling (£) or Canadian Dollars (CAD$). This should be drawn in the amount equivalent to the Jamaican processing fees and made payable to the Commissioner of Police:

    The Following processing times do not include the time taken to transmit the document and begins on the day the application is received by the Technical Services Division.
    • Normal Service – Twenty-one (21) Working Days – JMD $3,000.
    • Express Service – Five (5) Working Days – JMD $6,000.
    • Next Day Service – JMD $8,000.

Applications may be submitted through the Embassy of Jamaican Japan or forwarded by registered mail directly to the Criminal Records Office. However, a certified letter of authorization must be provided if the police record application is to be submitted or collected by someone other than the applicant. The bearer must show photo identification.


Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage

Any foreigner who is desirous of marrying in Japan must obtain and submit a Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage to the Immigration Bureau of the respective prefecture in which he or she resides. This Certificate must be obtained from the Ministry of Justice, Kingston, Jamaica and applications may be processed through the Embassy of Jamaica in Tokyo.

Following are the procedures to be followed in applying for a Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage:

  1. Write a Letter of Request addressed to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, outlining the following:

    1. Name;
    2. Date and place of birth;
    3. Usual place of residence in Jamaica;
    4. Name, address and nationality of the person you intend to marry;
    5. Names and addresses of two references in Jamaica.Both references should complete an AFFIDAVIT (click here to download form in pdf format *) in the presence of a Notary Public or Consular Officer.

  2. The letter should be submitted along with the following:

    1. Original birth certificate of the applicant;
    2. Jamaican passport or certified copy of the data page;
    3. An Affidavit (click here to download form in pdf format *);
    4. Two (2) passport-sized photographs - both should be certified by a Notary Public, Commissioner of Oaths or a Jamaican Consular Officer;
    5. A Decree Absoluteif you are divorced or a Death Certificate if you are widowed.

The cost for processing the application is ¥7,000.

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Tax Payer Registration Number (TRN)

The Tax Payer Registration Number (TRN) is a unique nine-digit number required by each taxpayer, business enterprise and organization that will transact business with any Revenue Department in Jamaica.

To obtain a TRN number, individuals must complete a TRN application form (click here to download form in pdf format *) and submit it along with any of the following:

  • Certified copy of their passport or driver’s licence;
  • National identification, Work ID or School ID;
  • Certified passport-sized photograph;
  • Any other photographic identification accompanied by a birth certificate.

Sole proprietors and companies must submit their NIS card and Business Name Registration, as well as the individual TRN & NIS number for each partner or director.

Applications may be submitted directly to:

Taxpayer Registration Centre
Tax Administration Services Department (TASD)
Ground Floor
Orange Square Building
12 Ocean Boulevard
Kingston Mall
Jamaica W.I.
Tel. (876) 922 7429/922 3913
Fax. (876) 922 1748

It is a criminal offence punishable by imprisonment for individuals and businesses conducting transactions with a Revenue Department not to register for a TRN.

Links
www.jrs.gov.jm

www.jamaicatax-online.gov.jm


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Driver’s Licence

Renewing your Jamaican Driver’s license while overseas

Jamaicans residing overseas may renew their Jamaican driver’s licence whilst residing overseas. To do so, they must designate someone in Jamaica to submit the application and receive the new driver’s licence on their behalf. The person delegated must have a valid form of identification.

Jamaicans in Japan who would like to renew their driver's licence should submit the following documents to this Embassy for certification:

  • Completed application form - which may be downloaded from website
    http://www.jamaicatax.gov.jm;
  • Letter authorizing someone to submit application and receive new licence on your behalf;
  • Two (2) passport sized photos;
  • Expired driver’s licence;
  • Authentication fee of ¥2,000;
  • Another current form of identification such as passport where necessary.

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Schedule of Fees

1) Passport Fees: (Adult) ¥ 14,200 (US$142)
  (Child) ¥ 10,200 (US$100)

2) Replacement of Lost Passport: (Adult) ¥ 24,200 (US$242)
  (Child) ¥ 14,200 (US$142)

3) Visa Fees (Visitor/Student): ¥ 3,000 (US$30)

4) *Visa Fees (Business): ¥ 5,000 (US$50)
(No visa required for short-term (less than 30 days) business visits by Japanese Nationals.)

5) Emergency Certificate:  ¥ 6,000 (US$60)

6) Authentication/Certification of Documents: ¥ 2,000 (US$20)
(per signature)

7) Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage: ¥ 7,000 (US$70)

8) Postal charges for returning passports within Japan
and other countries by registered mail:
¥ 900 (US$9)

9) Citizenship (US$100.00)

10) Renunciation of Citizenship (US$500.00)

11) Restoration of Citizenship (US$250.00)

12) Express courier charges outside of Japan are as follows:
  DHL FedEx *EMS
Malaysia ¥ 6,500 (US$65.00) ¥ 3,300 (US$33.00) ¥ 900 (US$9.00)
Philippines ¥ 6,500 (US$65.00) ¥ 3,300 (US$33.00) ¥ 900 (US$9.00)
Singapore ¥ 6,500 (US$65.00) ¥ 3,300 (US$33.00) ¥ 900 (US$9.00)
Thailand ¥ 6,500 (US$65.00) ¥ 3,300 (US$33.00) ¥ 900 (US$9.00)
Indonesia ¥ 6,500 (US$65.00) ¥ 3,400 (US$34.00) ¥ 900 (US$9.00)
Republic of Korea ¥ 6,000 (US$60.00) ¥ 3,100 (US$31.00) ¥ 900 (US$9.00)
Hong Kong ¥ 6,000 (US$60.00) ¥ 3,300 (US$33.00) ¥ 900 (US$9.00)
India ¥ 6,000 (US$60.00) ¥ 3,300 (US$33.00) ¥ 900 (US$9.00)
Jamaica ¥13,000 (US$130.00) ¥ 4,500 (US$45.00) ¥1,200 (US$12.00)

Notes:

  1. All payment for consular Services should be either in Cash (Yen/US$) or in cheque. All cheque payment must be equal to or more than US$100.

  2. All Cheque payment made in US Dollars should include an additional US$16 to cover bank charges.
    Cheque payments made in Yen should include a bank charge of ¥2,500.
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Donation to Organisations in Jamaica

Jamaica receives development assistance in the form of donations from many individuals and institutions, including from well-wishers in Japan. These donations are welcome, provided that the following guidelines are observed:

Donations of Medical Supplies and /or Equipment

  • Prospective donors should submit the list of suggested items to the Embassy of Jamaica in Tokyo or the nearest Jamaican Consulate in Asia, along with the relevant specifications;
  • The Embassy will then forward the list to the procurement Manager at the Ministry of Health, who will determine the suitability of the donation, after consultations with the relevant health personnel;
  • In order to determine the suitability of the equipment, the Ministry of Health takes into account the specifications and age of the item, the availability of operational manuals and access to spare parts and maintenance services in Jamaica;
  • Once the medical supplies have been found to be acceptable, the donor should arrange for the shipment, which should be consigned to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, for the attention of the Procurement Manager;
  • Arrangements will be made for the handing over and distribution of the items, in consultation with the donor. However, the Ministry of Health reserves the right to direct gifts to the areas of greatest need, in which case the donor will be informed of the recipient institution;
  • The final list of items to be shipped, with values indicated, along with a letter from the donor should be submitted two weeks in advance to the Ministry of Health in order to ensure that the relevant duty waivers and permits can be obtained prior to the arrival of the goods in Jamaica;
  • The donor should also supply to the Procurement Manager the packing list as well as the corresponding invoices and shipping documents, so that arrangements may be made for Customs clearance.

For the donation of ambulances, the following documents should be submitted:

  • Transfer Certificate;
  • Inspection Certificate;
  • Customs Declaration;
  • Technical Specifications.

Documents should be in English or officially translated and certified.

To view the list of items that donors may supply, please visit the website of the Ministry of Health, Jamaica at: www.moh.gov.jm

Donation of Educational Material and Equipment

  • Prospective donors should submit the list of suggested items to the Embassy Jamaica in Tokyo or the nearest Jamaican Consulate in Asia;
  • The Embassy will then submit the list to the Procurement Manager at the Ministry of Education and Youth to determine the suitability of the goods and whether they will attract customs duties;
  • Information on computers to be donated must be submitted prior to their shipment to ensure that they are appropriate for the intended purpose;
  • Adequate notice must be given prior to shipment to allow for all the necessary approvals/waivers to be granted. This will prevent extended delays at the port of entry and possible storage/demurrage charges;
  • Letters of offer to the institutions should also be sent prior to the shipment of the goods;
  • The goods must be consigned to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and Youth or to the Principal of the relevant school. Goods should not be consigned directly to a private individual.

Educational and non-educational goods (e.g. medical supplies) should not be packaged together, as the approval processes and requirements for customs clearance differ.

For Clearance
For shipment by sea, the following documentation should be sent ahead of the arrival of the goods to the relevant Ministry or beneficiary institution:

  • The Bill of Lading;
  • Invoice( if goods are new);
  • List of goods and approximate value (if the goods were pre-owned).

For shipment by air, the following documentation is to be sent ahead of the arrival of the goods to the relevant Ministry or beneficiary institution:

  • The Airway bill;
  • Invoice, if goods are new;
  • List of goods and approximate value if the goods were pre-owned.

When goods are accompanying passengers, the necessary letters of approval must be obtained ahead of the arrival of the person for presentation to the Customs Officer. The arriving passengers may present the necessary letters directly to Customs, if these were received before their departure from their country of residence. Alternatively, the necessary letters of approval may be presented to the Customs Officer by a representative of the receiving institution in Jamaica.

Where the donation is to be made to a particular school, the local recipient in Jamaica must submit an application to the Ministry of Finance, through the Ministry of Education and Youth, in good time, for the waiver of any applicable duties or taxes. The recipient is also required to attach to this application all the documents indicated above, along with a statement that the goods will be used solely for the benefit of the named institution.

The Ministry of Education and Youth will advise the Ministry of Finance by a supporting letter, whether the institution is a duly registered educational one.

The approval process takes a maximum of 10 working days.

For further information please contact the following officers at the Ministry of Education and Youth.

Mr. Leon Fraser, Chief Procurement Officer
Telephone No. 876-922-1400-9 or 876-922-6568
Fax No. 876-922-6568
E-mail:lfcasper@yahoo.com

Mr. Lauriston Wilson, Director of Technical Services
Telephone No. 876-9226568 or 876-922-2798
Fax No. 876-922-6568
E-mail: edirtech@cwjamaica.com

Donations to Other Organisations

The procedures for donating to charitable organizations are similar to those mentioned above.

For information on donations to children’s homes and national places of safety, please contact:

Child Development Agency
Cabinet Office
Office of the Prime Minister
1 Devon Road
Kingston 10
Jamaica
Tel. 876 929 8880-5
Fax# 876 929 8459
Website: www.cabinet.gov.jm

For donations to HIV/AIDs-related organizations, please contact:

National AIDs Committee of Jamaica
2-4 Kings Street
4th Floor, Oceana Building
Kingston
Jamaica
Tel. 876 967 1100/1103/1107
Website: www.nacjamaica.com
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Jamaican Consular Offices in Asia

AUSTRALIA
Honorary Consul Mr. Marco BREAKENRIDGE
Address: 8 Leonora St. Earlwoood, Sydney NSW 2206, Australia
TEL: + 61-2-9787-4948
FAX: +61-2-9591-5935

HONG KONG
Honorary Consul Mrs. Evelyn LU
Address: 32nd Floor, Standard Chartered Tower, Millennium City 1, 388 Kwun Tong Road Kwun Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong
TEL: +852-3552-8538
FAX: +852-2267-1088

INDIA
Honorary Consul General Mr. Nand Khemka
9th Floor, Meridian Tower
10, Windsor Place
New Delhi 110001, India
TEL: 91-112341-7122, 91-2341-6531
FAX: 91-112341-62775

INDONESIA
Honorary Consul Mr. Soy Martua PARDEDE
Address: Rumah Maduma, Jl. Dr. Saharjo No.52, Jakarta Selatan 12970, Indonesia
TEL: +62-21-8311184
FAX: +62-21-8311185

JAPAN( KOBE)
Honorary Consul Mr. Tatsushi UESHIMA
Address: Ueshima Coffee Co.Ltd (UCC) 7-7-7 Minatojima-Nakamachi, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo 650-8577
TEL: 078-304-8887
FAX: 078-304-8890

KOREA
Honorary Consul-General Mr. Yung Woo YOON
Address: 5th Fl., 165-13, Samsung-dong, Kangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea 135-881
TEL: +82-2-554-1915
FAX: +82-2-565-5636

MALAYSIA
Honorary Consul-General Dato’ Azlan HASHIM
Address: 25th Floor, Bangunan Arab-Malaysian, 55 Jalan Raja Chulan, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
TEL: +60-3-207-82633, 60-3-207-82801
FAX: +60-3-203-23031

PHILIPPINES
Honorary Consul-General Mr. Miguel Ma GUERRERO
Address: The 3rd Floor, Tesoro Bldg., 1016 Arnaiz Avenue, Makati City, Philippines
TEL: +63-2-887-5550
FAX: +63-2-887-0375

SHANGHAI
Honorary Consul Mr. ZHOU Yuejin
Address: Shanghai Golden Source International, Economic and Trade Development Co.,Ltd.
16th Floor, Zhongda Square, No.989 Dongfang Road, Shanghai 200122, China
TEL: +86-21-6876-0099
FAX: +86-21-6876-3299

SINGAPORE
Honorary Consul Dr. Melanie CHEW
Address: Resource Pacific Holdings PTE LTD, 78 Shenton Way #2800 Singapore 079120
TEL: +65-6-227-7855
FAX: +65-6-323-2939

THAILAND
Dr. Jingjai HANCHANLASH
Address: Ground Floor, Loxley Building, 102 Na Ranong Road, Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
TEL: +66-2-240-3285
FAX: +66-2-2-240-3286
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Motor Vehicle Imports

Importation of Motor Vehicles into Jamaica

General
The Government of Jamaica has introduced various policies since 1989 to liberalize the trade in motor vehicles and to ensure compliance with the necessary regulations and standards. Since then, there has been a steady increase in the demand for Japanese vehicles, which have won a reputation in Jamaica for good quality and affordable prices.

Japanese used motor vehicles are currently exported to over 160 countries worldwide, including Jamaica, where they account for over 90 percent of the vehicles on the road. In 2005, over 9,000 used motor vehicles were imported into Jamaica from Japan by registered dealers and individuals.

There is now a comprehensive Motor Vehicle Policy in place to regulate the trade in new and used motor vehicles. Jamaican traders and their Japanese counterparts are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with this policy.

For detailed information on the Jamaica Motor Vehicle Policy, please visit the following site: http://www.mct.gov.jm/motor_vehicle_unit.htm

Regulations and Procedures for Importing Motor Vehicles to Jamaica
Based on Cabinet Decision No. 45/11, dated November 21, 2011, the Motor Vehicle Imports Policy has been amended to allow for the extension of the maximum age for importation of motor cars and light commercial vehicles to 5 years and six years, respectively.
The ages of these vehicles will be calculated using the current methodology for determining the age limits on motor vehicles (ISO, JIS or Age Verification Manual) as stipulated in Section 8.0 of Ministry Paper No. 73 dated June 2004 (Motor Vehicle Imports Policy).
The amended age limits took effect on Thursday December 01, 2011.

Any individual or company who intends to import a motor vehicle to Jamaica must first apply to the Trade Board for an Import Licence and then wait for the licence to be granted before making the arrangements for the shipping of the vehicle to Jamaica. Import licence applications are normally processed by the Trade Board within one day, provided that the application form has been properly completed and all the relevant supporting documentation, as well as company seal and authorized signature, where necessary, have been submitted.

Please note that it is a breach of Customs Regulations to import a motor vehicle without first obtaining an import permit. This can result in the confiscation of the vehicle and/or the imposition of fines of up to three times the value of the vehicle.

Once the import licence has been issued the importer may commence arrangements for the shipping of the vehicle.

When the vehicle is imported into Jamaica, the importer must seek the services of a licensed customs broker to clear the vehicle through customs. The broker will advise the importer of the information and documents required, the procedure to be followed, the port and wharf charges, the amount of duty to be paid to customs, as well as the fee to be paid to the broker for their services.

After the documents have been processed and all duties, charges and fees are paid, the broker may proceed to clear the vehicle from the port of entry.

The following documents will be required:

  • Import Licence issued by the Trade Board;
  • Title issued to the owner of the vehicle by the Government of the country where the vehicle was purchased;
  • Bill of Lading obtained from the shipping agent, with information about the particulars of the vehicle, the date it landed in Jamaica and the port of entry;
  • Invoice from the supplier;
  • Bill of Sight – This is a document on which details of the motor vehicle being imported are recorded. It is prepared and signed by the Customs Broker and certified by Customs. This is required for a new or used vehicle, if the vehicle has not been properly described on the invoice;
  • Tax Payer Registration (TRN) Number;
  • Tax Compliance Certificate,  which may be obtained from the Tax Compliance Certification Unit, 12 Ocean Boulevard, Kingston and also at various Collectorates across the island;
  • Import Entry – C78 – This is the main document on which all particulars of the motor vehicle, the name of the importer, shipping information and duties paid are recorded. It is normally completed by a licensed Customs Broker and submitted to Customs.

Individuals or companies seeking to import buses into Jamaica must first obtain the approval of the Ministry of Housing, Water, Transport and Works.

For detailed information on import licences, customs procedures and charges please visit the following sites:
           
www.mct.gov.jm
www.jacustoms.gov.jm
www.tradeboard.gov.jm

Certified Motor Vehicle Dealers
A list of Certified Used Motor Vehicle dealers in Jamaica may be obtained from:  http://www.mct.gov.jm/Car%20Dealers.pdf

Consumers who experience difficulties in relation to used motor vehicles purchased in Jamaica may contact the Fair Trading Commission www.jftc.com and/or the Consumer Affairs Commission http://www.consumeraffairsjamaica.gov.jm/  to obtain information on the avenues available for redress.

A list of registered Japanese used motor vehicle dealers may be obtained from the site of the Japan Used Motor Vehicles Exporters Association at http://www.jumvea.or.jp/

Jamaican importers are urged to exercise caution and due diligence in relation to any purchases of used motor vehicles over the internet.
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