Commonwealth Digital Broadcasting Caribbean Forum 2017

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Conditions to be fulfilled for a Visa

Visa should be obtained from the Jamaican High Commission in your country, or from the nearest High Commission within the region. Visas will not be issued at the port of entry or immigration in Jamaica unless it is a matter of emergency which is left to the discretion of the Immigration.

It is not advisable to try and obtain a visa on arrival in Jamaica. For this purpose you may require a letter of invitation to the event from the CTO. Kindly inform the CTO if you require this letter.

The visa fee is not a set fee, and it varies from country to country. Please note that this cost will not be reimbursed by the CTO or the Host Organisation.

TRANSPORTATION

Driving directions

From Kingston, drive east on the A4 motorway (Norman Manley Boulevard) and follow the Norman Manley Highway from Harbour View around the harbour to the Palisadoes tombolo. Kingston Norman Manley International Airport is well-signposted from the city.

Public transport

 Bus: The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (tel: 1 888 588 2287; www.jutc.com) operates the public bus service between Kingston Norman Manley International Airport and Kingston. Bus 98 runs frequently throughout the day to the city centre (journey time: 30 minutes; fare: J$100).

Taxi: The taxi service at Kingston Norman Manley International Airport is provided by the Jamaica Union of Travelers Association (tel: (876) 924 8511 or (876) 924 8679), which has a fleet of air-conditioned vehicles ranging from sedans to large 30-seater buses. Fares start at US$30 (approx JMD $4000.00) around-town fares start at about JMD$600 and taxi service is generally swift, and provided by numerous taxi companies.

Information on all forms of transportation can be found from the Ground Transportation Hall.

 

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

All travellers should be up to date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine. Nationals of some countries are required to possess proof of vaccination against Measles, Rubella & Polio.

There is no risk of yellow fever in Jamaica. The government of Jamaica requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country where yellow fever is endemic’

There is no malaria transmission in Jamaica. However, persons arriving from a country where malaria is endemic must also show proof that they are protected.From time to time, in response to a global or regional epidemic, special advisories are issued.  In recent years chikungunya, zika, dengue have been the subject of such action. There is no special advisory in effect at this time. However, since the Aedes aegypti mosquito which is responsible for spreading dengue fever, chikungunya and the Zika virus is present in Jamaica, you should protect yourself from mosquito bites at all times. This includes the use of insect repellant and protective clothing.

Good to excellent medical facilities exist in Kingston. Medical care is expensive. It is advisable for international travellers to have adequate medical coverage for the duration of their travel.

VISA REQUIREMENTS

Visa should be obtained from the Jamaican High Commission in your country, or from the nearest High Commission within the region. Visas will not be issued at the port of entry or immigration in Jamaica unless it is a matter of emergency which is left to the discretion of the Immigration.

It is not advisable to try and obtain a visa on arrival in Jamaica. For this purpose you may require a letter of invitation to the event from the CTO. Kindly inform the CTO if you require this letter.

The visa fee is not a set fee, and it varies from country to country. Please note that this cost will not be reimbursed by the CTO or the Host Organisation.

Language

Jamaica is regarded as a bilingual country where Jamaican English and Jamaican Patois are the most widely spoken languages.

English is the official language in Jamaica and the language mostly used in formal contexts. The English spoken in Jamaica has been influenced mainly by British English. Having been colonized by the British, the British grammar and spelling is the English standard in the country. Exposure to American English also influenced the Jamaican English.

The Jamaican Patois is also referred to as Jamaican Creole or Patwa. Although English is the official language of the country, Jamaican Patois is the most widely spoken. Jamaican Patois is a form of English Creole developed on the island during the slave trade.

Jamaican Patois is not a written but rather a spoken language, which explains its dominance in informal settings. Characterized by a rhythmic and melodic quality, the language is primarily expressed in the country’s most popular music genre of Reggae.

Only one native language survives in Jamaica. A small population of the Aboriginal people referred to as the Taino people trace their ancestry to the first settlers of the island. The Tainos speak the Arawakan language, which also had an influence on the Jamaican Patois and even the English language.

Kromanti language is similar to the Akan language group of West Africa, especially the Asante language of Ghana. The language is distinct from Jamaican Patois and is a reserve for the Maroons of Moore Town situated in Eastern Jamaica. Maroons were runaway slaves who mainly fled to the mountainous region of the island and established independent communities. The language commands a declining number of speakers, however, and it is mostly used in ancestor-invoking ceremonies referred to as the Kromanti Play.

Registration

The registration Counter will be operating at the Terra Nova All Suite Hotel Jamaica from 08.00am hrs on 29th March 2017.

Banking and business

Banking hours are 8.30 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. on Friday, generally speaking. There are slight variations.

Bureau de change operators (called cambios) are available at the airport and throughout the country. ATMs are also widely available throughout the country.

Time zone

GMT – 5 hours

Telecommunications

Jamaica has two fixed telephone lines operators and two mobile phone operators. The country code is +1 876.

Facsimile services are available in almost all hotels. Internet facilities are also available in almost all hotels or at Cybercafés.

Water

Tap water in Kingston is potable. However, it may be advisable to drink bottled water.

Electricity
The electricity supply in Jamaica is 110 volts a.c. 50 Hz. Sockets two and 3 pin, flat/parallel in most buildings
Currency

The unit of currency is Jamaica Dollar J$.

Major credit cards are widely accepted.

To check up to date exchange rates, please visit www.xe.com. Rates are around: –

1USD           JMD 128.87

1GBP            JMD 160.43

Weather

Jamaica is an island with an area of 11,244 square kilometres (or about 4,411 square miles). The island is surrounded by the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea and is located in the Tropics at approximately latitude 18ºN and longitude 77ºW,  about midway between the southern tip of Florida and the Panama Canal.

Among the most important climatic influences are the Northeast Trade Winds, the range of mountains which runs east-southeast to west-southwest along the centre of the island, the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea, and weather systems such as upper- and low-level low-pressure centres, troughs and cold fronts. The cold fronts, usually weak after migrating from the North American continent, are evident from mid-October to mid-April. At nights, the land is much cooler than the days. Throughout the year, temperatures are much lower in the mountainous areas than on the plains.

For the most part, the average temperature in Jamaica is between 80 °F and 90 °F (27 °Celsius-29 °Celsius). For the month of March, the average daily high is  83.7°F and the average daily low is 75°F.

Further Information:

For further information, please contact:

Robert Hayman

, Events Manager

44 (0) 208 600 3800
44 (0) 208 600 3818