I would like to know if I can buy a return ticket once I am there as I do not know how long I will be staying. I will be staying with relatives if that makes a difference.

OR could I buy a ticket and within 24hrs cancel once I make it through customs?

  • I am an American
    – Kaitlyn
    Jan 31, 2017 at 17:34

2 Answers 2


TIMATIC advises:

Immigration authorities may request visitors and transit passengers to prove that they will depart from the country within the prescribed period, by showing a return or onward ticket to their next international destination.

Unless stated otherwise, return/onward ticket is defined as:

a. International airline ticket (i.e. any types of airline tickets, reservation confirmation, booking code etc.); or

b. Evidence of departing from the country by other means of transportation (e.g. confirmation of joining a cruise, train, bus or ferry tickets, proof of departing by private boat or plane, etc).

The chances of you being asked to show a return ticket on arrival are probably very low however.

... though first you have to be allowed to board.

  • This is not the info relevant for Jamaica
    – Crazydre
    Jan 31, 2017 at 18:44
  • What shows when cklicking "For details, click here" is general info about the concept of requiring return/onward tickets, not country-specific info. The shorter version in the Jamaica info page is Jamaica-specific
    – Crazydre
    Feb 1, 2017 at 14:41

As stated by Timatic the database used by airlines:

Visitors must hold return/onward tickets

It doesn't say "must" for most countries, but here it does.

Basically, if the check-in staff checks you carefully enough and notices this, you're not getting on your flight without a return/onward ticket.

If you do make it do Jamaican immigration, it's unlikely that they'll care.

So yes, buy a flexible ticket and cancel it once in Jamaica

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