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Jamaica - Jamaican dollar - Currency Guide


Foreign exchange guide to Jamaica and the Jamaican dollar (JMD)


USD/JMD Trend (90-day)

USDJMD at 152.5 has risen 2.1% above its 90-day average, range 145.2-154.2.
1-DAY-0.5% 90-DAYHIGH (2d)
Recent USD to JMD Trend + Alerts

The above interactive chart shows the USD/JMD Exchange Rate, Trends and Alerts - UP DOWN HIGH LOW


JMD News, Forecasts and Trends

US dollar to Jamaican dollar - Historical Rates

28 Apr 2021
0.9% ▼1 Week
05 Apr 2021
3.2% ▲30 Days
04 Feb 2021
2.8% ▲90 Days
05 May 2020
7.1% ▲1 Year
06 May 2016
24.4% ▲5 Years
08 May 2011
79.1% ▲10 Years

USD/JMD 10 year historic rates & change to 05-May-2021 : 152.53


$10,000 USD
J$1,525,261 JMD

Converted at USD/JMD interbank rate, compare Send Money and Currency Exchange exchange rates.

US dollar to Jamaican dollar - Quick Convert

$ 1 J$ 152.53
$ 5 J$ 762.65
$ 10 J$ 1,525
$ 20 J$ 3,051
$ 50 J$ 7,627
$ 100 J$ 15,253
$ 250 J$ 38,133
$ 500 J$ 76,265
$ 1,000 J$ 152,530
$ 2,000 J$ 305,060
$ 5,000 J$ 762,650
$ 10,000 J$ 1,525,300
$ 50,000 J$ 7,626,500
$ 100,000 J$ 15,253,000
More amounts
$ 0.0066 J$ 1
$ 0.0328 J$ 5
$ 0.0656 J$ 10
$ 0.1311 J$ 20
$ 0.3278 J$ 50
$ 0.6556 J$ 100
$ 1.6390 J$ 250
$ 3.2780 J$ 500
$ 6.5560 J$ 1,000
$ 13.11 J$ 2,000
$ 32.78 J$ 5,000
$ 65.56 J$ 10,000
$ 327.80 J$ 50,000
$ 655.60 J$ 100,000
More amounts

Frequently Asked Questions


What currency should I use in Jamaica?

The domestic currency in Jamaica is the Jamaican dollar.

What is the Jamaican dollar currency code and symbol?

The three letter currency code for the Jamaican dollar is JMD — symbol is J$.

Which countries use the Jamaican dollar?

It is the domestic currency in    Jamaica.

Is the Jamaican dollar a closed currency?

No, the Jamaican dollar is freely available and convertible. See guide: What is a closed currency?


Travel, Currency and Money saving tips for Jamaica

While Jamaica's beaches are certainly alluring, this is a country to dive into, literally and figuratively. Beneath the waves there's great scuba diving and snorkeling, and you can float on the water too with lazy bamboo-raft trips (let someone else pole). The adventurous can go caving, or get their hiking boots on to explore the remote crags and forests of this crumpled landscape.

Getting there.

Jamaica is a popular destination on the cruise roster, mainly for passenger liners but also for private yachts. More than a million cruise-ship passengers sail to Jamaica annually, making it one of the world’s biggest cruise-ship destinations.

While cruise lines’ optional land tours are conveniently packaged to take in many of the island’s sightseeing highlights, they also move quickly and tend to shield visitors from interaction with locals.. If you venture out on your own, you’re likely to enjoy a richer cultural experience. If you want to tour the island, consider hiring a local taxi driver, who will likely shed light on local issues and give you a more colorful tour. Wander the streets of the main town, poke into little shops, eat at local restaurants and buy mementos from street vendors, or veer off the beaten track.

Best way to get around Jamaica?

Jamaica's small size makes domestic flights largely redundant, but (ridiculously expensive) charter flights are available with TimAir (www.timair.net) between its hub in Montego Bay and Kingston, Negril, Ocho Rios and Port Antonio. An extensive transportation network links virtually every village and comprises several options that range from standard public buses to private taxis, with minibuses and route taxis in between. There is usually no set timetable – buses leave when the driver considers them full – and passengers are crammed in with little regard for comfort. Taxis and buses tend to fill quickly early in the morning (before 8am) and around 5pm as people depart for work or home.

Private minibuses, also known as ‘coasters,’ have traditionally been the workhorses of Jamaica’s regional public transportation system. All major towns and virtually every village in the country are served.

One of the biggest problems tourists face in Jamaica is petty theft. Thieves are on the lookout for jewelry, cash and valuable electronic items such as cameras, cell phones and iPods. Most resorts provide safes so you can store items of value in your room, which is obviously recommended.

Travel tips for Jamaica.

High season in Jamaica is usually December through to March. Expect sunny, warm days, especially on the coast. Little rainfall, except in Port Antonio and the northeast. At night it can become chilly, particularly in the mountains.

Jamaica has had an ongoing issue with violent crime, largely perpetrated by gangs which are often armed with firearms. While government travel advisories still indicate that the country is safe to visit, caution must be taken due to the heightened risk in some areas.

Like many aspects of Jamaican culture, the food is a creole, born somewhere between the Old and New Worlds. African spice rubs have evolved into delicious jerk, while yam, rice and plantain form the basis of rich stews, and fish abound in local waters.

Jamaica is a very laid-back country, but one that also insists on good manners: witness the way that people never fail to say 'good morning' to fellow passengers when getting in a route taxi. Always greet people properly, and treat elders with extra respect. That said, don't be surprised at the directness of many conversations.

Jamaicans dress smartly when they can (even more so when heading to a party or social event), and many government offices and banks have written dress codes on the door – beachwear should be very much confined to the beach.

Some areas in Kingston, Negril and Montego Bay are considered a higher risk of crime and violence. Caution should be taken if you choose to visit these areas, particularly when there is word of a possible protest as demonstrators often erect road blocks making travel in and out nearly impossible.


Travel money for Jamaica

Save money and time by Ordering your Jamaican dollar online from Travelex, you get better rates and can pick up the JMD cash locally or even on travel day at the airport.

Another popular option is to use a Pre-paid Travel Card. Your Debit/Credit Card provider will charge you 2% from market mid-rate, but your bank may also charge an extra 3% as an “Overseas Transaction Charge” plus “Overseas ATM” fees for withdrawing cash.

For card purchases if offered a choice of currencies always select to Pay in Jamaican dollar otherwise you may get much worst exchange rates.


Send Money to Jamaica - Best Rates

To get a good (and fair) exchange rate when sending money to Jamaica you need to find and compare exchange rates for International Money Transfers (IMTs).

The available FX rates for sending money abroad can be very different to the mid-market (wholesale) rate which you see reported online and in the News.

You should especially compare your own bank's exchange rates to those available from Money Transfer specialists to see how much you can save - we make that calculation easy in the below table.

Get a better deal for foreign transfers to Jamaica

When sending money to Jamaica it’s important to compare your bank’s rates & fees with those we have negotiated with our partner money transfer providers. To get a better deal you should follow these 4 simple steps :

  1. Open an account with a BER reviewed FX provider (id docs may be required)
  2. You specify the local or Jamaican dollar amount you want to transfer
  3. Make a local currency domestic transfer for the requested amount to the provider's bank account in your country
  4. Once your funds are received by the provider the converted JMD amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in Jamaica.

Use the above Send to Jamaican dollar calculator to compare the exchange rates of FX specialist providers rates versus your bank's standard rates you can hopefully save around 5% and maybe more - end result is more Jamaican dollar deposited into the recipient bank account and less margins and fees kept by the banks!

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