High Commission,



Importation of Prescription Drugs Into Jamaica

Regular Prescription Drugs:

Travellers to Jamaica may bring regular prescriptions to Jamaica for use during their stay in Jamaica provided that:

·      The person brings a copy of all prescriptions clearly stating name, the quantity, strength and dosage and that all the prescription drugs are in the original containers and clearly labelled.

·      Letter from the Canadian physician stating the condition being treated.


Prescription containing Narcotic Drugs:

A special permit will be required from the Ministry of Health for prescription containing narcotics.


Applications for the special permit should be sent to:


Ms. Verna Edwards

Chief Dangerous Drugs Inspector

Ministry of Health

Pharmaceutical and Regulatory Affairs Division

45-47 Barbados Avenue

Kingston 5, Jamaica

Telephone: (876) 633-7145

Email: edwardsv@moh.gov.jm


N.B. Emailed requests will be accepted.


The following information should be included in the request for the special permit:

1.     A letter from the Canadian physician stating the name of the patient and the condition being treated.

2.     A copy of the prescription indicating the name, strength and quantity of the drugs for the duration of the stay in Jamaica.

3.     Flight details (dates and times of arrival and departure, flight numbers, ports of entry and departure).

4.     The address of patient while in Jamaica.

5.     Contact details for the patient – address, telephone number and email address.

6.     A contact telephone and facsimile number of physician.



Once approval is granted, the Ministry of Health will directly send the applicant the special permit to take the in prescriptions containing narcotic drugs into Jamaica prior to departure date of the patient from Canada.  This document must be carried with the patient when traveling to Jamaica.