Jamaica Import Restrictions

In order to enter Jamaica, certain goods are subject to specific controls and, regardless of their value and quantity, they require the consent of Jamaica government, preferably, license must be obtained prior to passage through the customs, preventing the goods from being retained. On this page, you will see what kinds of items are prohibited from entering the Jamaica, and which items need special documentation before exporting to Jamaica.

Jamaica Import Regulations

Import regulations

Senders should determine import restrictions from Jamaican authorities before posting:


  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Animals, animal products (furs, skins etc)
  • Animal rugs or covers and accessories, used
  • Antiques
  • Books
  • Chemicals: non-hazardous
  • Coffee and coffee samples
  • Cologne and perfume
  • Cosmetics
  • Coins exceeding a value of 10 Jamaican dollars
  • Drugs: prescription and non-prescription
  • Firearms
  • Films: 8mm, 16mm and 32mm
  • Fabric and fabric samples
  • Foodstuffs
  • Footwear
  • Fruit
  • Ivory
  • Medical samples
  • Oil products
  • Perishables
  • Personal effects
  • Phones/modems
  • Plants and plant products
  • Pornography
  • Precious metals and stones
  • Potatoes
  • Razor blades
  • Spirits
  • Seeds
  • Ship spares
  • Tea
  • Televisions, television equipment
  • Textile articles
  • Tobacco
  • Toys resembling firearms
  • Works of art
  • Yarn
  • Vegetables.

EDN’s and export permits are required for:

  • Kangaroo skins
  • Crocodile skins
  • Emu oil
  • Fish oil
  • Bunker oil
  • Coal
  • Petroleum bases products
  • Tobacco and tobacco products
  • Any other alcohol including beer and spirits all volumes.

Special documentation requirements

Jamaica requires an import permit for many goods. Before posting any item, senders should confirm that the addressee has any necessary permit. The sender should attach a Certificate of Origin for all British-made goods.

The sender and receiver details must be addressed with a valid street address in English. A Post Office Box address is not acceptable.

The sender is responsible for finding if the destination country may impose duties, taxes, brokerage fees or any other fees that may be applied on the item that is being sent. Please contact the consulate office of the country you are sending to or contact the ECI customer contact centre on 1800 007 678.


In addition to items prohibited by Dangerous and Prohibited Goods & Packaging Post Guide and ECI International Courier Regulations, Jamaica prohibits:

  • Animals
  • Alcohol
  • Airline tickets, blank stock
  • Asbestos
  • Bullion and currency
  • Bees and beekeeping appliances
  • Charms and similar objects
  • Cheques, blank
  • Cocoa and products
  • Coffee and products
  • Edible oil
  • Electronic items not in manufacturer’s packaging
  • Flick or spring knives
  • Honey and beeswax
  • Ivory
  • Jewellery, precious stones and metals
  • Lottery tickets
  • Maize flour
  • Meats
  • Medicines for venereal diseases
  • Milk, condensed
  • Plants and seeds
  • Pornography
  • Shaving brushes made in Asia
  • Soil
  • String and rope
  • Sugar.
  • Tobacco

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