Top five (5) countries to visit with a Jamaican Passport for Summer 2020.

As a Jamaican, you may be wondering what countries to visit with just a Jamaican Passport for Summer 2020.

You would be pleased to know that there are 52 countries that Jamaicans can visit with just their Jamaican Passport!

Yes… I said it… NO VISA REQUIRED!! All you need is your passport.

There are other countries that require E-Visas or allow you to apply for a Visa on arrival. We will discuss those countries in another post.

After going through what some would call an “extensive list of countries” (52 to be exact), we selected the top five (5) countries to visit with a Jamaican Passport for summer 2020. We considered location, affordability, accessibility, tourism activity, cultural experiences among other criteria to compile this list. The top five (5) countries have airlines that accommodate either direct flights from Jamaica or connecting flight through a country that do not require Jamaicans to have a visa.

Without further ado, lets jump right in and discuss the top five (5) countries Jamaican’s can visit for 2020 visa freeeee. As a bonus, at the end of the post I will share a list and a map of all the countries Jamaicans can visit with just a Jamaican Passport.

1 Antigua & Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda are located in the section of the Caribbean known as the Lesser Antilles. Antigua, the largest island of the Leeward Islands is a 108-square-mile large island known for its many caves, coves, bays and 365 white sand beaches. Its sister island Barbuda is located to the north and is known for its pink and white sand beaches. If that’s not enough land for you to explore, there are 40 off-shore islands that can be visited by cruise or ferry from Antigua with a lot of activities and fun things to do.

Mount Obama is the country’s highest point and is the remnant of a volcanic crater rising 1319 feet. Its original name was Boggy Peak until it was renamed after Barack Obama on August 4, 2009.

Here is a list of the top (5) activities to do when in Antigua and Barbuda:

  1. Visit and walk across Devils Bridge.
  2. Take a cruise or the ferry to explore the offshore islands.
  3. Take a day trip to Barbuda.
  4. Hike to Barbuda’s fascinating Derby’s Cave to see the 350ft deep sinkhole.
  5. Visit Admiral’s House Museum and learn about the countries maritime history

Must knows about the country:
Language – English and Antiguan Creole
Currency – Eastern Caribbean Dollar however, USD is widely accepted
Local Cuisine – Fungie (pronounced “foon-jee”) and pepper pot
Where to Stay – Dickerson Bay, Jolly Harbour and English Harbour.

2 Bahamas

The Bahamas is a part of Lucayan Archipelago and consists of over 700 exotic islands and 2000 cays and rocks. It is believed that the Bahama island of San Salvador was the first place Christopher Columbus explored and visited on his first voyage in 1492. The most popular islands are Nassau/Paradise Island and Grand Bahama Island. While Bahamas is known for its white sand beaches and all-inclusive hotels, there are plenty of other things to do like:

  1. Visit the Exuma Cay and see the swimming pigs.
  2. Visit the Pirates of Nassau Museum.
  3. Snorkel along the Great Barrier Reef.
  4. Visit Lucayan National Park.
  5. Sample the local rum at John Watling’s Distillery.

Must knows about the country:
Language – English and Bahamian Dialect.
Currency – Bahamian Dollar however, USD is widely accepted
Local Cuisine – Fried Fish and lots of conch (conch salad, conch fritters)
Where to Stay – Nassau and Paradise Island, Grand Bahama Island and Exuma

3 Mexico

Mexico, officially called The United Mexican States, is located in Central America and is the third largest Latin American Country after Brazil and Argentina. Mexico is home to the one of the seven (7) wonders of the new world, the Chichen Itza which is the pyramid remains of the Mayan Empire in Mexico.

While the country is know for it historic Aztec sites, it also has a wide variety of tourist cities like Cancun, Cozumel and Cabo each with plenty of all-inclusive hotel options and tourist excursions.

From relaxing on the beach to visiting the historical sites and museums, there is an activity for every type of traveler. Below are the top five (5) thing to do while in Mexico:

  1. Take a day trip to visit the Chichen Itza.
  2. Ride in a hot air balloon.
  3. Go diving in Cozumel.
  4. Take a day trip and museum hop in Mexico city.
  5. Swim in the cenote. A cenote is a natural sinkhole that results from the collapse of a cave ceiling.

Must knows about the country:
Language         – Spanish and 68 Amerindian languages
Currency – Mexican Peso
Local Cuisine – Eat tacos and drink tequila
Where to Stay – Cancun, Cozumel and Los Cabos are the top 3 tourist towns.

4 Panama

Panama is located in Central America and links Central America to South America. It also connects the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans with the world-famous Panama Canal. Visitors can choose to stay in Panama City or any of the picturesque surrounding towns and country sides like Casco Viejo.

Fun Fact: Panama is the only place in the world where you can watch the sun rise on the Pacific and set on the Atlantic from the same place.

Outlined are the top five (5) things to do in Panama

  1. Visit the Panama Canal
  2. Visit the old colonial town of Casco Viejo.
  3. Take a day trip to Portobelo to see picturesque Madden Road which goes through the Virgon Jungle
  4. Take a boat ride to San Blas Islands
  5. Sip rum at Pedro Mandinga

Language – Spanish
Currency – Panamanian Dollar however, USD is widely accepted
Local Cuisine – Sancocho (chicken soup with potatoes) and Ropa Vieja (translation : old clothes but the dish is stewed beef)
Where to Stay – Panama City and Casco Viejo

5 Peru

Peru is located on the South American continent and is home to the Amazon Rain Forest. Like Mexico, Peru also boast one of the seven (7) wonders of the new world, the Machu Picchu, which is an ancient Incan city located high in the Andes mountains. Most of the other countries discussed before were known for their white sand beaches and luxury hotels, but Peru offers more cultural experiences and hiking tours. Be sure to bring comfortable shoes because most activities will require a hike of some sort. Lets run through the top fie (5) list of activities you should try to do in Peru.

  1. Hike the Inca trail to Machu Picchu
  2. Hike the Rainbow mountains
  3. Explore the Amazon Rain Forest
  4. Visit the capital of Peru, Lima.
  5. Sand-boarding

Language – Quechua (an ancient indigenous language spoken by Quechua people)
Currency – Sol
What to eat – Cuy (guinea pig) and Ceviche (raw fish salad)
Where to stay – Lima, Cusco and Arequipa

Visa-Free Countries

As promised, below is the list of all the countries that Jamaicans can visit with just a Jamaican Passport and no Visa.

Antigua and Barbuda6 months
 Argentina90 days
 Bahamas3 months
 Bangladesh
 Barbados6 months
 Belize6 months
 Botswana90 days
 Brazil90 days
 Chile90 days
 Colombia180 days
 Dominica6 months
 Dominican Republic
 Ecuador90 days
 Eswatini30 days
 Fiji4 months
 Gambia90 days
 Grenada6 months
 Guyana6 months
 Haiti3 months
 Indonesia30 days
 Israel90 days
 Kenya90 days
 Kiribati30 days
 South Korea90 days
 Lesotho90 days
 Malawi90 days
 Malaysia30 days
 Mauritius90 days
 Mexico180 days
 Micronesia30 days
 Namibia90 days
 Niger
 Panama180 days
 Peru180 days
 Philippines30 days
 Russia90 days
 Saint Kitts and Nevis6 months
 Saint Lucia6 months
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines6 months
 Serbia30 days
 Sierra Leone
 Singapore30 days
 South Africa90 days
 Suriname6 months
 Tanzania3 months
 Trinidad and Tobago6 months
 Uganda
 Uruguay90 days
 Vanuatu30 days
 Venezuela90 days
 Zambia90 days
 Zimbabwe

Thanks for reading. I hope you found this post very informative. Be sure to leave a comment and share it with your family and friends.

Happy travels.

22 comments

  1. Great article my wife, can’t wait to visit them all starting with Mexico.

    1. Thanks Roshene. I know you have been to one of these countries. Just 4 more to go with 6 months left in 2019

  2. This is a good read,super cool and informative article. You wet up my adventure appetite #GoSasha❣

  3. I am not sure about the Bahamas visa free for Jamaican the last time I hear you have to have Visa to go the Bahamas

  4. My list for the rest of the year. Thank you! I’ll let you know when I complete each

    1. Awesome!! Let me know if you need any assistance arranging your travel plans. Happy travels.

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