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Currency and foreign exchange in Jamaica

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Global Exchange (NPL) opened its first branch in Jamaica on 16th November 2010, at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay. After this first establishment in the country we continued our growth and expansion. The following year, on 15th March 2011, we opened a new branch at the Norman Manley International Airport.

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About us

Global Exchange (NPL) opened its first branch in Jamaica on 16th November 2010, at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay. After this first establishment in the country we continued our growth and expansion. The following year, on 15th March 2011, we opened a new branch at the Norman Manley International Airport.

With these branches we are able to serve international tourists visiting Jamaica, offering our foreign exchange services at the two major International Airports in the country.

Later, on 23rd March 2011, we opened a new branch at the Secrets Resort & Spa in Freeport, Montego Bay, one of the most prestigious hotels in the island. With this new branch we position ourselves again wherever we can serve the tourists' needs, providing the most efficient service according to the standards of the Global Exchange Group.

We are currently the third most important company in the world in rendering currency exchange services at international airports and other important points of touristic flow. Nowadays, we have a network of 260 branches located at 57 international airports in 21 countries and 5 continents, where thanks to our staff of 2,000 employees we serve more than 5.5 million customers a year.

The Global Exchange Group is currently immersed in an ambitious strategic plan with which we intend to double the size of the company over the next 5 years. Our goal is to reach 2021 with presence in 42 countries through 400 offices that will serve 10 million customers a year. This will allow us to increase our workforce to 2,800 employees worldwide. This is a solid and sustained growth with will continue consolidating our leadership in Latin America and Caribbean and strengthening our growth in other continents such as Europe, North Africa, Asia and the Middle East, reaching any part of the world where the opportunity arises.

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Branches in Jamaica

Sangster International Airport A1 - JMC JS12 Montego Bay (Saint James Parish) 1-888-429-5160

Airside - Arrivals branch (JMOOO1)

Sangster International Airport

A1 - JMC JS12 Montego Bay (Saint James Parish)

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Open all year round. From 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Subject to change depending on the flight schedule.

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At passenger arrivals area, airside, after border control.

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Airside - Arrivals branch (JM0002)

Sangster International Airport

A1 - JMC JS12 Montego Bay (Saint James Parish)

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Open all year round. From 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Subject to change depending on the flight schedule.

Comment:

At the arrivals hall, airside, inside transport sector.

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Landside - Departures branch (JM0003)

Sangster International Airport

A1 - JMC JS12 Montego Bay (Saint James Parish)

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Open all year round. From 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Subject to change depending on the flight schedule.

Comment:

At departures public hall, in front of airlines check-in deks.

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Airside - Departures branch (JM0004)

Sangster International Airport

A1 - JMC JS12 Montego Bay (Saint James Parish)

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Open all year round. From 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Subject to change depending on the flight schedule.

Comment:

At passenger departures area, airside, inside the commercial area.

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Airside - Departures branch (JM0010)

Sangster International Airport

A1 - JMC JS12 Montego Bay (Saint James Parish)

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Open all year round. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Subject to change depending on the flight schedule.

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Departures area, airside, in the west wing.

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Landside - Arrivals Branch (JM0012)

Sangster International Airport

A1 - JMC JS12 Montego Bay (Saint James Parish)

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Open all year round. From 6 a.m. to 22 p.m.

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At the arrivals Ground Transportation Hall, after border control and customs. Opening hours subject to change depending on the flight schedule.

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Landside - Arrivals Branch (JM0013)

Sangster International Airport

A1 - JMC JS12 Montego Bay (Saint James Parish)

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Open all year round. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Comment:

At the arrivals Ground Transportation Hall, after border control and customs. Opening hours subject to change depending on the flight schedule.

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Norman Manley International Airport Po Box 567, Kingston 5, Palisadoes - JM AKN05 Kinsgton (Kinsgton) 1-888-429-5160

Landside - Departures branch (JM0005)

Norman Manley International Airport

Po Box 567, Kingston 5, Palisadoes - JM AKN05 Kinsgton (Kinsgton)

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Open all year round. 24 hours open.

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At departures public hall, in front of airlines check-in desks.

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Airside - Departures branch (JM0007)

Norman Manley International Airport

Po Box 567, Kingston 5, Palisadoes - JM AKN05 Kinsgton (Kinsgton)

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Open all year round. 24 hours open.

Comment:

At passengers departures hall, airside, after the security border.

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Airside - Arrivals branch (JM0008)

Norman Manley International Airport

Po Box 567, Kingston 5, Palisadoes - JM AKN05 Kinsgton (Kinsgton)

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Open all year round. 24 hours open.

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At passenger arrivals area, airside, after border control, in front of the Duty Free.

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Landside - Arrivals Branch (JM0009)

Norman Manley International Airport

Po Box 567, Kingston 5, Palisadoes - JM AKN05 Kinsgton (Kinsgton)

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Open all year round. From 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Comment:

At the arrivals public hall, after border control and customs.

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Secrets St James Montego Bay Hotel Lot59A Freeport - JMC JS13 Montego Bay (Saint James Parish) 1-888-429-5160

Secrets St James Hotel Branch (JM0006)

Secrets St James Montego Bay Hotel

Lot59A Freeport - JMC JS13 Montego Bay (Saint James Parish)

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Open all year round. From 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

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At the hotel shopping area.

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Currencies

Available currencies

The currencies that we buy / sell in our exchange branches in Jamaica are the following:

Barbados Dollar
BBD
Canadian Dollar
CAD
Swiss Franc
CHF
Euro
EUR
Sterling Pound
GBP
Jamaican Dollar
JDM
Japanese Yen
JPY
Caiman Islands Dollar
KYD
East Caribbean Dollar
XCD
US Dollar
USD

The Jamaican dollar

The Jamaican dollar is the legal tender in Jamaica since 1969. The abbreviated signs for the Jamaican dollar are $, J $ or JA $ in order to distinguish it from the US dollar and other dollars such as the Canadian dollar. Before 1969, the official currency of Jamaica was the pound sterling.

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The Jamaican dollar

The Jamaican dollar is the legal tender in Jamaica since 1969. The abbreviated signs for the Jamaican dollar are $, J $ or JA $ in order to distinguish it from the US dollar and other dollars such as the Canadian dollar. Before 1969, the official currency of Jamaica was the pound sterling.

Current Jamaican dollar coins and banknotes

Nowadays, there are the following coins in circulation: 1, 10 and 25 cent; and 1, 5, 10, and 20 dollars. The current banknotes in circulation are: 50, 100, 500 and 1,000 dollars issued by the BOJ (Bank of Jamaica).

1 dollar
Coins and notes

Notes

Coins

FAQs

What are the accepted currencies in your bureaux de change?
In order to provide our Customers with the most comprehensive service, we carry out exchange transactions in a wide range of currencies: Barbados Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Swiss Franc, Euro, Sterling Pound, Jamaican Dollar, Japanese Yen, Caiman Islands Dollar, US Dollar and East Caribbean Dollar.
What is the exchange rate for the Jamaican Dollar compared to the US Dollar or the Euro?
Exchange rates suffer continuous fluctuations. For this reason, we recommend checking the rates published in the electronic monitors at our exchange outlets.
Can I buy Jamaican Dollars outside Jamaica?
It is quite difficult to acquire this currency and, therefore, highly advisable for international travellers to buy them in Jamaica.
Is it allowed to leave Jamaica with Jamaican Dollars?
The import and export of the local currency is not allowed.

It is advisable to exchange your remaining Jamaican Dollars before leaving the country. In order to exchange them, Jamaican laws and regulations require to justify having acquired that amount of money. Valid proofs would be receipts from banks, bureaux de change or even ATMs. Therefore, it is important to keep the receipts of any acquired Jamaican Dollars. It is illegal to exchange money acquired in the black market.
Which are the most common methods of payment?
Credit cards are accepted in big hotels, shops or restaurants. However, it is advisable to use the local currency for initial expenses and purchases in local markets.
Is it necessary to show a passport or ID in order to make an exchange transaction in Jamaica?
Yes, according to Jamaican laws and regulations and our internal policy to fight against money laundering, we require a valid passport in order to register the personal details of every Customer who carries out a transaction at our exchange outlets.
Do you accept traveller’s cheques in your bureaux de change?
Yes, in order to facilitate our Customers’ transactions, we accept traveller’s cheques in different denominations issued by the main financial institutions. It will be necessary to show a valid identification document and fulfil the corresponding requirements.
What are the opening hours of your bureaux de change?
Our exchange offices open during the airport operating hours, so that no passenger remains helpless in his/her exchange necessities.

If you wish to know the details of a specific office, including its opening hours and location, please click on “Branch Network” within this section.
I've been given a 15% off voucher in my transaction, how does it work?
You can use this voucher in your next currency exchange transaction, at any of our branches within the same country. This discount is applicable on the exchange margin and it does not expiry.

If you still have doubts, you can ask any of our agents at the Customer Service Department.

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