Get ready for your trip to Jamaica. Order your Jamaican Dollars at Manor FX today. Our great exchange rates mean you'll have more JMD cash to spend. Have your Jamaican Dollar banknotes delivered securely to your home or office, or pick them up from the Manor FX bureau near Heathrow.
Manor FX offers fast delivery times and a fuss-free online ordering process for your Jamaican dollar travel money.
Travel advise: payments in Jamaica
Jet off well-informed to Jamaica. Here are some handy facts about cash and card payments in Jamaica.
In the commercial areas of Montego Bay, Lucea and Kingston, credit and debit card payments are widely accepted. However most of the payment terminals will only work with swipe and sign payments. UK cards won't support swipe and sign payments unless this feature has been enabled.
Many vendors in Jamaica aren't able to accept international card payments. The vendors that do accept card payments may charge a fee for processing them. It's also common for vendors in Jamaica to demand a minimum transaction value before card payments are allowed.
If you are going to pay by card in Jamaica: Be aware of currency conversion fees and bank fees for card payments in Jamaica: Your bank's JMD to GBP exchange rate may be dramatically bad. This is how banks make money. Before using your bank card for payments in the Caribbean it's certainly a good idea to contact your bank. This will avoid your card becoming blocked due to international transactions that your bank may find suspicious.
Cash is an essential method of payment in Jamaica. You won't be able to use your card for purchases at many Jamaican vendors. Jamaican Dollar banknotes are a reliable and convenient method of payment.
We recommend taking plenty of JMD cash on your trip to Jamaica.
A coffee in a local cafe in Jamaica will cost around $350 JMD. For a three-course meal in a mid-range restaurant in Jamaica you can expect to pay around $3000 JMD.
Overall, the cost of living in Jamaica is cheaper than the cost of living in the UK: Prices in Jamaica are on average 14% lower than prices in the UK.
Tipping in Jamaica is not obligatory, but appreciated. Most locals don't leave tips. Bus drivers may have a basket to leave tips and travelers should leave a few coins to say thank you for a safe journey.
In some hotels in Jamaica, tipping is not allowed. Employees can be fired if they are caught accepting gifts or money. To be on the safe side, hotel guests in Jamaica should ask what the norm is regarding tipping at the hotel where they are staying. If you are adamant about leaving a tip, this must always be done discreetly.
Banknotes in Jamaica
Banknotes in use in Jamaica are in the following denominations: $50, $100, $500, $1000 and $5000 JMD. The banknotes of $20 JMD and smaller have been replaced by coins.
Coins in Jamaica
Jamaican coins range from 1c to $20 JMD. Did you get back from Jamaica with some leftover coins? Our sister company Leftover Currency can help you to exchange Jamaican Dollar coins back to cash.
Jamaica's currency import and export regulations
There are no currency restrictions in Jamaica, but travelers need to make a cash declaration when they import currency with a value of over $10,000 USD equivalent. This applies both to importing and exporting currency into and from Jamaica.
Ordering Jamaican Dollars online
Order Jamaican Dollars online and have them delivered fast and securely to your home or office, with Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed®. Or pick them up from our travel money shop near Heathrow. Click here to buy Jamaican Dollars online.
Selling back Jamaican Dollars
If you have Jamaican Dollars to sell, follow this link to exchange Jamaican Dollars to Pounds, click on 'sell currency' and select 'JMD Jamaican Dollar'. We'll pay good rates for your leftover Jamaican Dollars.