Well first of all, the US Embassy in Jamaica needs to know that you’re there! When traveling abroad, especially to countries where weather can be a little unpredictable, or civil unrest occurs, or even if you’re visiting a country where there’s a large percentage of the country off the traditional tourist map, then it’s always a good idea to alert the US Embassy (if you’re American – nationals of other countries should use this information as a guide but contact their own appropriate Embassy) of your arrival and departure dates. This way the Embassy can keep an approximate total of how many of their nationals are in the country should some emergency occur. You can register your Jamaica travel dates online or at your nearest US Embassy office.
Other than registering your presence in Jamaica, the only other contact you are likely to have with the American Embassy is if you find yourself in some kind of trouble. This could be with regard to your health if you have a major medical issue – especially if it requires your immediate return to the US, or it crosses some form of bureaucratic minefield – or if you find yourself the victim of a crime. If some form of national emergency is declared during your vacation, the US Embassy staff will advise you on what to do.
Even though you are not likely to have contact with the Embassy at all during your vacation, it’s like having an insurance policy. You hope you don’t need it, but you have the peace of mind that if something goes drastically wrong, there’s support available to get you home safe.
One of the most common reasons for tourists to come in contact with the US Embassy in Jamaica would be if they’ve lost their passport, or had it stolen. A missing passport should also be reported to the local authorities but the Embassy will help get you through the necessary paperwork in order to be allowed re-entry into the US.
You can find US Embassy staff located at the following addresses:
American Citizen Services (ACS) Unite of the U.S. Embassy in Kingston
142 Old Hope Road
Kingston 6, Jamaica
Telephone: (876) 702-6000
Fax: (876) 702-6018
Monday – Friday, 7:15 AM – 4:00 PM
For after-hours emergencies, call
1- (876) 702-6000
U.S. Consular Agency – Montego Bay
Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Whitter Village, Ironshore
Unit EU-1 (across from Burger King)
(876) 953-3898 Fax