How to Customs Entitlements for Returning Students In Jamaica

Customs Entitlements for Returning Students In Jamaica By Yourself

  1. Returning Students can benefit from the concession by visiting the Returning Resident Unit at Jamaica Customs Agency Head Office. You can view their contact details below or via this link: Link
  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 with your name.
  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 exemption notice will be prepared. You will then be notified about the next steps in the clearance process.
  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 portal for returning students via 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 Agriculture is required for the importation of plants.

Required Documents For Customs Entitlements for Returning Students

  • Valid Jamaican Passport, or Non-Jamaican Passport, must be stamped with an unconditional stamp (where applicable).
  • Transcript from institution attended, or Certificate of Award verified by institution granting certification
  • Attended institution letter confirming the duration of study and time spent at that institution
  • Complete entitlement list

Find Office Locations and Contacts

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
Myers’ Wharf,
Newport East
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. in Kingston
Telephone: 967-0507, 967-0674


  • The duty exemption is available to a Jamaican citizen who has lived abroad for more than one year, but less than three consecutively, in order to pursue a course of study or return to Jamaica to live permanently.

Useful Documents

  • 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
  • Students returning to school 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 or residents who are studying abroad are exempt from paying custom duties on items you import. However, you will need to get approval from customs in order to authorize the entry of these items duty-free.

External Links

  • Jamaica Customs Agency: Link



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