Returning Residents Information Guidelines
Compiled from various books and experience
by Bill Evans
The process of re-locating
to Jamaica after a period of residence abroad involves direct contact
with Government Agencies and Departments, as well as with airlines,
shippers and customs brokers. In order to simplify the relevant
procedures, a Returning Residents Facilitation Unit has been established
at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade in Kingston.
The Unit is staffed by a team of officers who are familiar with
the various regulations pertaining to importation, immigration and
other relevant matters. As such, it liaisons closely with Jamaica's
Overseas Missions as well as the following Ministries, Departments
- The Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of
National Security on matters of nationality, citizenship and immigration
- The Department of Customs and Excise on matters
relating to eligibility for concessions, and the importation and
clearance of personal and household effects, tools of trade, vehicles
and other items;
- The Trade Board Limited on matters relating
to the issue of import licenses;
- The Ministry of Public Utilities, Transport
and Energy on matters relating to motor vehicle registration,
and provision of utility services to persons re-establishing their
home in Jamaica.
- JAMPRO on matters relating to investment and
In each of these Missions
a Consular Officer has been designated to assist Returning Residents.
You are invited to contact the Mission nearest to you, and seek
clarification on any aspect of planning your return to Jamaica.
If you are unable to make a personal visit to a Mission, please
make contact by mail, telephone or fax, and your request will be
dealt with promptly. In countries where there is no Diplomatic or
Consular Mission assistance, information can be sought from the
Returning Residents Facilitation Unit in Kingston, Similarly, if
you are in Jamaica on a visit prior to relocation, you are encouraged
to visit the Returning Residents Facilitation Unit for any information
you may require.
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