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  • Jamaica

    Jamaica Travel Planning & Travel Tips

    Embassy Contact Information:
    Americans living in or visiting Jamaica are encouraged to register at the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Kingston and obtain updated information on travel and security within Jamaica. The Consular Section is located on the first floor of Oxford Manor Building, 16 Oxford Road, Kingston, tel. 1 (876) 935-6018. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 7:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and public service is available from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., except local and U.S. holidays. For emergencies after hours, on weekends, and holidays, U.S. citizens are requested to call the U.S. Embassy duty officer through the main switchboard, tel. 1 (876) 929-4850 through 59. The Chancery is located three blocks away in the Jamaica Mutual Life Center, 2 Oxford Road, Kingston 5.

    The Consular Agency in Montego Bay is located at St. James Place, 2nd Floor, Gloucester Avenue, tel. (876) 952-0160. Office hours are Monday-Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

    U.S. Department of State, Overseas Citizens Services-Phone: 202-647-5225. Toll-free: 888-407-4747. http://travel.state.gov/travel_warnings.html.

    Jamaica Climate: Our favorite time (and everyone else's) is November-April-Jamaica can be very crowded then. The temperature is fairly stable year-round, so it's possible to visit in other months as well. Winter coastal-area day temperatures are in the 70s-80s F/23-32 C. June-September is usually in the 80s-90s F/30-35 C. Nights tend to be 5-10 F/3-5 C degrees cooler everywhere. Temperatures in the hills and mountains are usually cooler than on the coasts by 5-10 F/3-5 C degrees-bring a sweater for cool nights in the mountains. Kingston, on the leeward (southern) side of the island, is drier, hotter and generally more uncomfortable than the windward (northern) shore. Always be prepared for rain showers in the Blue Mountains. The hottest time is July-October, when the humidity, heat and hurricane possibilities are the highest. Most rain falls between May and October, but even then, it generally comes in brief showers and seldom ruins anyone's vacation.

    Calling Internationally: Ambulance, tel. 110; fire, tel. 110; police, tel. 119; time, tel. 117; toll operator and telephone assistance on local and intra-island calls, tel. 112; overseas calls operator, tel. 113; Post and Telephone Department, tel. 876/922-9430. You reach MCI at tel. 800/888-8000; AT&T at tel. 800/CALLATT; and Sprint at tel. 800/877-8000.

    Electricity: Most places use the standard electrical voltage of 110, as in the U.S. However, some establishments still operate on 220 volts, 50 cycles. If your hotel is on a different current than your U.S.-made appliance, ask for a transformer and adapter.

    Travel Insurance for Jamaica Trips: You should consider the benefits of travel insurance as part of your Jamaica travel planning. Most travelers look for travel tips that discuss the importance of travel insurance and travel insurance through Travel Guard can provide important coverage for your trip.

    Whether you’re taking a family vacation or business trip, Travel Guard has a plan for your Jamaica trip. These plans may include valuable medical expense coverage, trip interruption, medical emergency assistance and treatment services and more. And with Travel Guard’s 24-hour assistance line, your coverage can act as a travel guide should your plans change.*

    For more than 20 years, Travel Guard’s plans have covered millions of travelers throughout the world. We're America's leading provider of travel insurance plans and assistance programs and we're here to help you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Coverage provided through Travel Guard is easy to buy and with our 24-hour emergency travel services it's even easier to use.

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You may have coverage from other sources that provides you with similar benefits but may be subject to different restrictions depending upon your other coverages. You may wish to compare the terms of this policy with your existing life, health, home, and automobile insurance policies. If you have any questions about your current coverage, call your insurer or insurance agent or broker. Coverage is offered by Travel Guard Group, Inc (Travel Guard). California lic. no.0B93606, 3300 Business Park Drive, Stevens Point, WI 54482, www.travelguard.com. CA DOI toll free number: 800-927-HELP. This is only a brief description of the coverage(s) available. The Policy will contain reductions, limitations, exclusions and termination provisions. Insurance underwritten by National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, Pa., a Pennsylvania insurance company, with its principal place of business at 175 Water Street, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10038. It is currently authorized to transact business in all states and the District of Columbia. NAIC No. 19445. Coverage may not be available in all states. Your travel retailer may not be licensed to sell insurance, and cannot answer technical questions about the benefits, exclusions, and conditions of this insurance and cannot evaluate the adequacy of your existing insurance. The purchase of travel insurance is not required in order to purchase any other product or service from the Travel Retailer.