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Jamaica is a beautiful Caribbean island Nation located in Northern Atlantic Ocean. Jamaica is known around the world for legendary music called “Reggae” Musician and singers like Bob Marley, sporting legends from various sports like Cricketer Brian Lara and Sprinter Usain Bolt , Calypso dance, pristine beaches with crystal clear water, Banana, coffee, landscapes offering mountains,rainforests and coral reef lines beaches.
Jamaica with the geographical span of 10,990 square kilometres (4,240 sq mi) in area is fourth largest country in Caribbean islands. Being an Island country, it does not share land border, but has maritime border with Cuba and Hispaniola, island containing countries of Haiti and Dominican Republic and USA. Due to the location, Jamaica purvery the alluring landscapes. Having proximity to Equator, it has rainforests and waterfalls in abundance.Short distance through from USA, Cuba and on the colonial trade route, the global Banana trade was bring in Jamaica.. Also geography has been the main reason for Jamaica current cultural and demographic riches. Colonialism made the Jamaica fertile ground for agricultural production which was assisted by labourers from Africa and Asia, and these people later settled and made Jamaica their home. Fishery is also trade among the people, fisheries is very prosperous as nearby Northern Atlantic ocean supports vast amount of marine life.
Jamaica’s history can be traced back to advent of colonialism, when with the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the year 1494. The colonialism was a disaster for the majority of the world, same applied with Jamaica. Spanish people brought diseases with them which completely wiped out the native indigenous people called Arawak and Taíno. Spanish rule ended in 1655, replaced by British rule. Under the British rule, Jamaica got its present name. Labourers from China and India were brought in ships by the British to push the plantations of Sugar. Jamaica was under colonial rule for 4 centuries after which it gained independence in year 1962. Now it is under Commonwealth realm. Currently it is a thriving democracy.
The population of Jamaica is around 3 million people.The motto “ Out of Many One People” of the Jamaica exhibit the cultural, ethnic and religious mixture which evolved with the factors of geography and colonialism. Ethnically, majority of Jamaican have African roots, while rest are indian and European descendants. Christians are from mainly from Lebanon and European roots.Even after being so diverse in ethnicity, Jamaicain are proud of on being an Jamaican. Majority of population are Christians. One of the most interesting fact is that Atheists are second largest group ahead of people of other religions. Rest people follow Hinduism, Islam, Sikhs and other tribal cultures.
The economy of Jamaica is based upon Tourism, Mmining, services and agriculture. Economy is diversified but majority of foreign currency earner is tourism and Agriculture. Due to natural bounty, tourism is the major factor and almost Since 2017, Jamaicas tourism has risen exponentially, rising to 4.3 million average tourists per year. Jamaicas largest tourist markets are from North America, South America, and Europe. In 2017, Jamaica recorded a 91.3% increase in stopover visitors from Southern and Western Europe. It has also earned awards which adds star to the tourism industry in Jamaica. The awards won are : -
The tropical climate and fertile soil gave Jamaica abundant of agricultural production. agricultural exports are sugar, bananas, cocoa,coconut, molasses oranges, limes, grapefruit,rum, yams, allspice. Blue Mountain Coffee is a very well known Gastronome brand around the world.
Kingston is the capital city of Jamaica.Located in the Southeastern part of the country, it is a port city and also the largest city. The total area of Kingston city is 480 kms.The city came into existence in the year 1692 on the basis of a camp for earthquake survivors. But with time, colonial expansion and population growth along with economic development, it became the largest city and eventually became the capital city. The population of Kingston is more than half a million with mixed demographic. The majority of people have African descendants while Indians and Chinese are second to them. Religion wise Christians are in majority, Different Christian sects are practised in Kingston.
City being the largest and most populated, majority of economic transactions take place in the capital city.Also government offices, important headquarters and many of the multinational company offices are in Kingston which adds revenue to the city’s system. The major economic base of capital city is tourism, manufacturing and shipping. International Airport is in the city, also the shipping industry and offices of majority of cruise ships.
Tourism in Jamaica
A Caribbean Island country, Jamaica is blessed with natural beauty encompassing landscapes of different variety from Mountains to waterfalls and beautiful coral reef lined beaches. Not just natural beauty, it is also home to Reggae music, which was introduced to the world by Bob Marley, who was born in Kingston city. This country has tourism activities for every traveller from solo to couples who want to spend their time in seclusion with natural beauty. Front trekking in the jungles to diving in the water, house of beautiful corals, evolved with time. Beaches are clean and well maintained.
Other must visit place of Jamaica are : -
Visa Free Entry : - Citizens of Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Brunei, Canada, Cyprus, Dominica, Fiji, the Gambia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guyana, India, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, the Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Saint Helena, the Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, the Solomon Islands, South Africa, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos, Tuvalu, Uganda, the United Kingdom, the United States, Vanuatu and Zambia may enter Jamaica visa-free for up to 6 months. United States citizens may enter Jamaica using a Passport Card in lieu of a passport if arriving by cruise ship.
Visa-free for up to 90 days : -
Citizens of Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, San Marino, South Korea, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey.
Visa on Arrival : -
Citizens of Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, the Cayman Islands, Croatia, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan may obtain a visa on arrival for US$100.
Visa Waiver : -
Citizens of any country who hold a residence permit issued by Canada or a U.S. Green Card may enter Jamaica visa-free for up to 6 months.
Jamaica medical care is not as advanced as of the neighbours. USA, Canada and Cuba has very advanced healthcare infrastructure and top quality medical treatments are maintained. But in Jamaica, the economy is mostly based upon tourists, which makes it difficult for the government to invest on healthcare. Many of Jamaica visit for Orthopedic treatments in India as India offers affordable medical treatments and in comparison to its neighbours the cost of orthopedic treatment in India is among the lowest in the world with top quality healthcare. In recent years, the flow of Jamaica to India for medical treatments has increased and rising. Also Cosmetic treatments in India are very affordable,for which people from Jamaica visit India. The cultural contact, ethnic contact with india makes it easier for Jamaican people to visit india for their medical treatment.
High Commission of India, Kingston, Jamaica
Address: 5 Earls Court, Acadia, Kingston 8, Jamaica
Telephone: 00-1-876- 9273114, 9
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