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.
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