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Transportation and Accommodation

With its proximity to the nation’s capital, the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) is of significant importance for business travel to and from Jamaica and for the movement of air cargo. There is ease of access to all parts of the country. Through a modern road and highway system visitors are able to connect to Jamaica’s internationally acclaimed resort areas, as well as to idyllic locations ‘off the beaten track’. NMIA provides an array of car rental and tour services.

There are high-end hotels as well as several reasonably-priced smaller hotels and guest houses within a short driving distance of the Jamaica Conference Centre.

The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, Kingston’s premier conference and meeting hotel is offering a special rate package to delegates to the Caribbean International Bamboo Symposium 2018. These details may be found here and participants are invited to view the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel website for further details on the amenities offered.

Standard electrical supply in Jamaica is 110 Volts at 50 Hertz. The IEC plug types in use are A and B. Hotels may have a limited number of transformers or converters, therefore, delegates are encouraged to bring their own.

Currency and Exchange Rates

In Jamaica we use the Jamaican dollar as our currency. However, the US dollar may be tendered at many outlets in the City.

Licensed cambio centres and commercial banks are accessible throughout Kingston. The official currency exchange rates vary daily, so it’s advisable to shop around for the best rate before converting your cash. Many Jamaican ATMs accept international bank cards – Visa, MasterCard, Cirrus and Plus logos. Banks also give credit card advances and change traveller’s checks among other financial services.


The average temperature in Kingston in November is between 22ºC and 31ºC. Sunshine is frequent for Jamaica throughout the year. You can obtain up-to-date information on the weather for Jamaica at https://www.accuweather.com/en/jm/jamaica-weather.

Visa Requirements for Travel to Jamaica

Once registered for the Caribbean Bamboo Symposium in Jamaica, you should enquire if you will need a visa to enter Jamaica and apply as soon as possible.

To determine if a visa is required from your country, please access the link below.


Request for Invitation Letters for Participants

As the main host of the 2018 Caribbean International Bamboo Symposium, the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) is responsible for issuing invitation letters. Requests should be submitted to Miss Nadette Brown, Protocol & Technical Officer via email at ngbrown@bsj.org.jm. Participants are kindly being asked to provide the following information in their email:

  1. First Name
  2. Last Name
  3. Authority / Institution / Company
  4. Gender
  5. Nationality
  6. Date of Birth (YYYY-MM-DD)
  7. Address
  8. Passport Number

Consular Assistance

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade maintains a list of diplomatic missions in Jamaica which can provide consular assistance if required. Please access the links provided for more information.


The official language of Jamaica is English however the Jamaican people speak a form of English Creole. Simultaneous interpretation services will be offered during the meetings in Chinese.

Emergencies and Insurance

The emergency number for the police in Jamaica is 1-1-9. The Jamaica Conference Centre provides facilities to accommodate a First Aid response unit; it is located on the ground floor of the office building.

Participants are encouraged to obtain travel, medical, personal, accident, and luggage insurance prior to departure. The Bureau of Standards Jamaica, its partners and sponsors of the Caribbean International Bamboo Symposium 2018 accept no liability for any loss or injury incurred.


The international dialling prefix within Jamaica for making long distance calls is +1 plus the country code then the telephone number. Telephone calls made to Jamaican numbers now require dialling 876 or 658 prefix plus the seven-digit telephone number.

Wi-Fi Internet access will be made available for the duration of the Symposium. Password will be communicated upon registration. An on-site Secretariat room, providing access to a laptop and copier will be available to all delegates during the symposium. Please note that no working documents will be distributed on site. To access working documents, participants are encouraged to download documents provided on this website.

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