Frequently Asked Questions
things to know before the party
Planning your travels is easier than you think. Especially when we’re right here for you from the moment you think of your holiday, ‘til we wave you goodbye and say, ‘see ya soon.’ We’ll advise you on all you need to get the Jamaican experience you’re after.
How Do I Get To Jamaica?
There are three international airports in Jamaica: Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, Jamaica’s capital city and the Ian Fleming International Airport in picturesque Ocho Rios. Find out more here.
What Currency Should I Use During Carnival?
Here in Jamaica we use the Jamaican dollar as our currency. Licensed cambio centers and commercial banks are accessible in all resort areas. The official currency exchange rates vary daily, so it’s advisable to shop around for the best rate before converting your cash. Most Jamaican ATMs accept international bank cards with Visa, MasterCard, Cirrus and Plus logos. Banks also give credit card advances, change traveler’s checks among other financial services.
What Are The Entry Requirements For Visiting Jamaica?
Entry requirements differ for travellers depending on your country of citizenship and/or residency. U.S. Citizens traveling to and from Jamaica must present a valid passport when leaving and or re-entering the United States. Residents must present their Alien Resident Card (Green Card) together with passport of country for which they hold citizenship. All visitors are required to travel with a return ticket or onward ticket for entry into Jamaica. For more information, go to: http://www.congenjamaica-ny.org/visas/requirements-2/
Canadian Citizens: Valid passport or a government-issued identification with photograph, along with an official birth certificate. Canadian residents must present a Canadian Permanent Resident Card and a passport showing country of citizenship.
Visitors traveling via airlines can go to www.iatatravelcentre.com to review travel document requirements.
Where Do I Get Carnival Tickets?
Carnival fetes are happening all season long! Get tickets for each band fete via their respective websites. You can also get links to more information for other season events via our Events Calendar.
Where Do I Stay For Carnival?
Carnival in Jamaica takes place in the resort areas of Kingston and Ocho Rios primarily. From hotels to guesthouses, all-inclusive resorts and our villas, both resort areas have a plethora of accommodation for you to choose from. Find your stay in Kingston at https://www.visitjamaica.com/plan-your-trip/explore-the-island/kingston/where-to-stay/ and in Ocho Rios at http://www.visitjamaica.com/plan-your-trip/explore-the-island/ocho-rios
When And Where Do I Get A Costume?
Each band features their own top notch costume designers creating exquisite works of art for you to wear down di road. Visit their respective websites via the Carnival Bands for more information.
How Do I Get Around From Event To Event?
We love to brag that Jamaica is the “big, little island,” with over 4,442 square miles to explore. We have a range of transportation options to suit your budget. From taxis, to car rental services, buses and planes, we want you to get out there and experience the beauty of Jamaica. https://www.visitjamaica.com/plan-your-trip/getting-there/local-travel/
How Far Are The Carnival Events From My Hotel?
Events on the carnival calendar are centrally located in the business centres and surrounding areas of both resort areas. Public transportation, taxis and car rentals are available to transport revelers to and from their accommodations.
Will I Be Safe At Carnival Events?
Each band and event organizer is required to ensure that security measures are established at their events. Rest assured that security personnel are in place at carnival events throughout the season.
Where Should I Go To Eat In Jamaica?
From fusion food to haute cuisine, regional favorites, and some very special and unique dishes, let us give you a taste of our Jamaica, in true island style. Dine at any of these restaurants in the Kingston and Ocho Rios areas https://www.visitjamaica.com/things-to-do/activities/dining/
What Can I Do After Carnival?
Explore Kingston and the surrounding resort areas of Ocho Rios and Port Antonio. Hike to the Blue Mountain Peak or laze away down a river on a bamboo raft. Find activities in Jamaica at https://www.visitjamaica.com/things-to-do/