Medical Brief

Visit your doctor (ideally, 4-6 weeks) before your trip to get vaccines or medicines you may need.


All travelers

You should be up to date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination. Some vaccines may also be required for travel.


Routine vaccines

Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.


Most travelers

Get travel vaccines and medicines because there is a risk of these diseases in the country you are visiting.


Hepatitis A


This vaccine is recommended because you can get hepatitis A through contaminated food or water in Jamaica, regardless of where you are eating or staying.



You can get typhoid through contaminated food or water in Jamaica. This vaccine is recommended for most travelers, especially if you are visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or if you are an adventurous eater.


Some travelers

Ask your doctor what vaccines and medicines you need based on where you are going, how long you are staying, what you will be doing.


Hepatitis B

You can get hepatitis B through sexual contact, contaminated needles, and blood products, this is recommended if you might have sex with a new partner, get a tattoo or piercing, or have any medical procedures.



Rabies is present in bats in Jamaica. However, it is not a major risk to most travelers. Rabies vaccines are recommended espeacially for these groups:

  • Travelers involved in outdoor and other activities in remote areas that put them at risk for bat bites (such as adventure travel and caving).
  • People who will be working around bats.


Yellow Fever

There is no risk of yellow fever in Jamaica. The government of Jamaica requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. Check this list to see if you may be required to get the yellow fever vaccine: Countries with risk of yellow fever virus (YFV) transmission.

For more information on recommendations and requirements, see yellow fever recommendations and requirements for Jamaica. Your doctor can help you decide if this vaccine is right for you based on your travel plans.