Returning Residents Guide

In order to qualify as a Returning Resident and benefit from the concessions relating to personal and household effects and/or tools of trade, the following requirements must be met: Be a Jamaican national who has attained the age of eighteen (18) years;
  • Have been resident overseas for not less than three (3) consecutive years;
  • Be returning to Jamaica to reside permanently.
Special Cases Non-Jamaican male spouses or persons who qualify for returning resident status are afforded the same concessions as their Jamaican partner. This provision applied previously only to non-Jamaican female spouses of returning residents. A couple will be treated as one family if they return together Spouses who do not return together but do so within three (3) years of each other are treated as one family and are entitled to only one (1) concession. Students who have attained the age of eighteen (18) years who have studied abroad for more than one (1) year, but less than three (3) years qualify for concessions in respect of tools of trade; some normally dutiable items which may be new or used; and used household effects. Eligibility to receive concessions as a Returning Resident is determined by the Jamaica Customs Department. This must be sought after arrival in Jamaica, and before beginning the process of clearance of personal and household effects and tools of trade. The importation of items should be done within six (6) months before or after the arrival of the returning resident. It is necessary to attend an interview at the Returning Residents Unit of the Customs Department at the head office in Kingston or Montego Bay.   Learn more

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