How to Customs Entitlements for Returning Residents In Jamaica

Customs Entitlements for Returning Residents In Jamaica By Yourself

  1. You can visit the Returning Resident Unit at Jamaica Customs Agency Head Office to receive the concession.
  2. Before you submit your request, ensure that you have met the eligibility requirements listed in the “Eligibility” section.
  3. You can download the entitlement list directly from this link: Link
  4. Then fill in the form with the items that you want to import. Sign it and write your name. Prepare all required documents and attach them.
  5. To submit the completed application and all required documents to the customs officer at the service window, visit the Returning Resident Unit of the Jamaica Customs Agency Head Office.
  6. After verifying your application, the custom official will interview you about your application.
  7. After your application has been confirmed, the appropriate exemption notice will be prepared. You will then be notified about the next steps in the process of clearance of shipment.
  8. When preparing Customs Import Declaration (IM4 / IMS4), the declaration of values will be used. The customs will authorise the items in the entitlement list to become duty-free.

Apply Online

  1. You can register online at the Jamaican Customs Agency’s Returning Residents portal by clicking this link: Link
  2. Click on “Click Here to Access Online Booking Form” to proceed to the online registration page
  3. Please fill in the information required, including your name and email address. Click on “Submit”.
  4. You will be prompted to confirm your submission by the system.
  5. Open the email from the Jamaica Customs Agency.
  6. Please read the email carefully and click “YES” to submit your application. We will then provide you with a username/password that will allow you to complete your booking


  1. Motor Vehicle Importation Policy will be administered by Trade Board Limited. This board is responsible for granting Import Licenses for motor vehicle importation.
  2. Before importation of animals or pets, you will need an Import Permit from Veterinary Services Division.
  3. A permit from the Plant Quarantine Division, Ministry Of Agricultur is required for the importation of plants

Required Documents For Customs Entitlements for Returning Residents

Do it abroad

  • Valid Jamaican Passport, or a foreign passport that has been endorsed with the unconditional landing stamp
  • Validated Bill of Lading/Airway Bill
  • Taxpayers Registration Number (TRN).
  • Documentary evidence to support residency outside of Jamaica for three or more consecutive years.
  • Deportees must present their Deportation Order as well as the case file.

Jamaican Prove

  • Evidence of Jamaican property ownership
  • Letter or contract of employment from potential employer in Jamaica
  • A receipt is required for any rental or lease agreement.

Find Office Locations and Contact

Jamaica Customs AgencyMontego Bay Revenue Service Centre Bldg
18B Howard Cooke Blvd.,Montego Bay, St James
Telephone: 952-0000, extension 2023
Contact details: Link

Returning Resident Unit
Jamaica Customs Agency
Newport East, Myers’ Wharf
Kingston 15
Telephone: (867) 753 3098, (876) 750 3000 or (876) 922 5140 Extensions 2520-25

Consular Affairs Department
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade
21 Dominica Drive,
Kingston 5
Telephone: 926 4220

Veterinary Services Division
Ministry of Agriculture
Norman Manley International Airport
Telephone: 924-80777, 924-8799.

The Trade Board Limited
10th Floor Air Jamaica Bldg
72 Harbour St. Kingston
Telephone: 967-0507, 967-0674


  • A Jamaican citizen who is 18 years old and has lived overseas for 3 years consecutively. He or she will be returning to Jamaica to live permanently.
  • Non-Jamaican spouse of a Jamaican Returning Resident.
  • A Deportee that has lived overseas for 3 years consecutively.


  • This exemption is only available to qualified applicants.
  • If the Returning Resident arrives in Jamaica with their spouse within three years, they will be considered one.

Documents for Use

  • Link Entitlement List

Processing Time

  • Within one day


  • You can import a specified amount of household and personal effects without paying customs duties
  • Returned Residents can import their tools of commerce without paying any customs duties
  • Returning students are allowed to import a reasonable amount of household items, musical instruments, as well as one type of electronic equipment (new and used).
  • Persons deported will be entitled to the same rights as returning residents.

Requirements Information

  • Names
  • Items being imported
  • Quantity
  • Import Value

You will need the document

  • Jamaican citizens and residents are exempt from paying custom duties for items you own while abroad. However, you will need to apply to the customs to authorize the entry of the items duty-free.

External Links

  • Jamaica Customs Agency: Link



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