Jamaica switches to digital travel declaration

| 31/08/2023 | 14 Comments
Norman Manley International Airport, Cayman News Service
Norman Manley International Airport, Jamaica

(CNS): The Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority has switched to an online paperless travel declaration system, and from Friday, it will be mandatory for all passengers travelling to the island, including Jamaican nationals, to use the Online Passenger Declaration Form instead of the paper C5 form. Cayman Airways urged passengers to go online before flying this weekend as it will no longer give out paper forms.

“Passengers are strongly encouraged to complete this mandatory requirement online prior to their arrival at any of Jamaica’s international airports,” CAL officials said. “The online form can be completed up to 30 days prior to arrival.”

The new requirement is to help facilitate the efficient processing of passengers at Jamaica’s international airports, officials stated.

Cayman Airways currently operates daily flights between Grand Cayman and the Norman Manley International Airport (KIN) in Kingston and seasonal flights between Grand Cayman and Sangster International Airport (MBJ) in Montego Bay.

The declaration form can be accessed here.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Think of all the hours wasted by Caymanian citizens and residents every year. Why in God’s name do you have to write down your passport number and expiry date, WHEN YOU’RE GIVING THEM YOUR F’ING PASSPORT!! And they have all the details in their system ANYWAY!

    So pointless.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Wonder how this will go with the older Jamaicans that are not into digital.

    • Anonymous says:

      There are kiosks in the arrival area and personnel to assist filling out a digital C5 at the kiosk. (Not only will elderly need assistance but also those who are not strong readers at any age.) Was just there last week from US, not on CA but JetBlue, and airline said they are not giving out paper forms any longer either.

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  3. Euriel clarke says:

    It’s about time Jamaican go paperless in every things way far behind

  4. Anonymous says:

    Meanwhile in the Dark Ages, CBC in Cayman still separate liquids from departing passengers, Cayman Airways early checkin requires you to check in again at the counter prior to departure and plenty paper for immigration and customs still being used for onboard arrivals.

  5. Celina says:

    why is there a cost attached?

    • Anonymous says:

      Not if you use the official government site. But there are many many websites that take your info and fill in the form for you, and they charge for that. I wonder how many will realize this. I was wondering why as well until I looked at the actual website I was on, and saw that it wasn’t a Jam gov site.

  6. Anonymous says:

    “Switch” implies sudden … Since 2019, they have been using digital forms, it is just mandatory now.

  7. Anonymous says:

    And dem have a bobsled team! 🇯🇲


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