Jamaica’s Zero-tolerance Policy to Firearms and Ammmunition

The U.S. Embassy in Kingston, Jamaica reminds all travelers that both the Government of Jamaica and the Government of the Cayman Islands have zero-tolerance policies towards firearms and ammunition.

In recent months, a number of U.S. citizens have been detained at the airports in Kingston, Montego Bay and Grand Cayman because firearms or ammunition were found in their luggage.

In some cases, travelers mistakenly left loaded magazines or loose bullets in their luggage. Even a single bullet is forbidden. Penalties for being caught with weapons or ammunition include immediate deportation, steep fines, and even prison.

The U.S. Embassy reminds all firearms owners to be responsible and thoroughly check their luggage before traveling.
In addition, Jamaica forbids travelers from wearing or carrying military-style camouflage fatigues. Jewelry fashioned from bullets is also forbidden.

Emergencies involving U.S. citizens can be reported by contacting the American Citizen Services (ACS) Unit of the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section, located at 142 Old Hope Road in the Liguanea area of Kingston, telephone (876) 702-6450, after hours emergency line at (876) 702-6000, and e-mail at KingstonACS@state.gov.

The U.S. Consular Agency in Montego Bay is located at Whitter Village, Ironshore, telephone (876) 953-0620.

The U.S. Consular Agency in the Cayman Islands is located at Cayman Centre, Unit B-1, 118 Dorcy Drive, telephone (345) 945-8173.