Checklists & Requirements

Immigration and Visa Requirements
Before travelling to Jamaica, you should ensure that your passport is valid to cover at least the period up to the end of the academic year. You should also travel with proof of your student status (that is, a Student ID card) or if a new student, with the Official Offer Letter from the University.

At the airport, you will be issued with a temporary visitor’s visa. Nationals of CARICOM countries as well as citizens of all Commonwealth countries are allowed entry to Jamaica without a student visa. Citizens of non-Commonwealth countries must obtain a valid student visa prior to entry into Jamaica. Such persons should make their request at the nearest Jamaican Diplomatic Mission or Consulate.After registration week, a list of all non-Jamaican students who are citizens of Commonwealth Member States will be sent to the Immigration Office to enable these students to obtain permits. If you are not a Jamaican, you should check at the International Office to ensure that your name has been submitted to the Immigration Office.

Also please have a look at the Jamaican Visa Requirements document, available for download

Coming from Outside of Jamaica
Upon arrival and after Immigration and Customs clearance, students must proceed to the exit where you will be met by a Royal College  official. In the event that you are not met, please contact the International Office at 665-3000 to speak with a representative,  who will make arrangements for you to be picked up. There is also a reliable taxi service at the airport – Jamaica Union of Travellers Association (JUTA) that will take you directly to your place of residence. At your place of residence, you will be met by an official from the International Office who will assist you in settling in.Before deciding on travelling by taxi, please call the International Office.Arrival outside of normal working hours

If you arrive outside of normal working hours (Monday – Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; Friday – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) arrangements will be made for you to be met at your place of residence and given the key to your room. After you have settled in, you are to report to the International Office on the next working day following your arrival in Jamaica.

Travel Arrangements
When making travel arrangements, you are advised to travel on a return ticket and NOT a one-way ticket to arrive at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingstonor the Sangster International Airport, Montego Bay, Jamaica You are to provide all your flight information beforehand, so that arrangements can be made for you to be picked up at the airport during normal working hours. Pick up times are between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. local time.

Should your flight arrive before or after these hours, special arrangements will have to be made beforehand for you to be picked up.

What to bring with you

  • You will need bed linen (single bed), curtains, towels, toiletries, kitchen utensils including cutlery and a small pot. These items can be purchased in Jamaica.
  • Prescription drugs: If you are on prescribed medication, you may bring along adequate supplies of the drug or travel with your original prescription. Prescriptions may be filled at any local pharmacy.
  • Clothing: Jamaica is an island, fanned by tropical sea breezes. Temperatures vary  between 22⁰C and 32⁰C. In the winter season (December to April), it is usually hot and sunny by day and cooler by night. Clothing therefore, should be lightweight for daywear and include light woolens for nightwear.  It is also important to prepare for the rains that come during Jamaica’s two rainy seasons, from May to June and from August to October.

Health Care and Insurance
Emergency health care is available via a private practitioner and a private hospital both within 15 minutes from the public hospital . In addition, the University Hospital of the West Indies offers a range of services including emergency services. General insurance is provided for students registered with Royal College. Comprehensive medical insurance is also available for students upon request.

Places of Worship
There are numerous places of worship for people of varied beliefs.

Study options put Full time

(Day or Afternoon)

Day- 9a.m-5p.m Afternoon 5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.