Jamaica is an island county that lies south of Cuba in the Caribbean Sea. It is mountainous with narrow coastal plains which are tropical. Jamaica is the 4th largest island country by size, in the Caribbean at 10,990 sq. kms. Hurricanes are common in Jamaica.

The windward side of the mountains has an upland tropical climate, while the leeward side has a semiarid climate. Rainfall is heaviest from May to October, while temperatures are fairly constant throughout the year. The lowlands average 25°C to 30°C, while at higher elevations the averages are 15°C to 22°C.

Pre-travel Preparation Will Help Protect Your Health While You Are Away

Pre-travel preparation will help keep you safe and healthy while you are away. Please consult the Travel Doctor-TMVC before you travel overseas. We will provide specific recommendations tailored to your itinerary. Our doctors will assess and advise you on your risks, and recommend appropriate vaccination and medication to minimise your risk of becoming seriously unwell on your trip.

Insect Avoidance

There are a number of viruses and illnesses that are contracted through insects such as fleas, ticks and flies. Mosquitoes however are the biggest culprit of spreading insect borne diseases. Ensure you a prepared and read up on our insect avoidance tips.

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Safe Eating and Drinking Practices

One of the great pleasures of travel is sampling the local cuisine. However, contaminated food and beverages are a common cause of traveller’s diarrhoea and other gastrointestinal illnesses. Safe eating and drinking practices are essential in minimising your risk of contracting traveller’s diarrhoea.

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Warm Climates

Travellers invariably overindulge in ‘sunlust’ activities while traveling in warm climates. It is important to make sure you apply sunscreen regularly and stay hydrated as dehydration and heat stroke often go unrecognised.

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