Departure Tax - Jamaica

UPDATED: Friday 03rd June 2016 – 18:30

We have been advised by Jamaican authorities that, from 1st June 2016, the departure tax from Jamaica has increased. The tax, which was 22 US dollars per person over the age of two years old, has increased to 35 dollars. This tax is payable locally on departure, in cash only.

We would like to apologise for any inconvenience and hope our customers appreciate this is beyond our control.


Yellow Fever Vaccination - Jamaica

UPDATED: Friday 27th May 2016 – 11:30

Anyone travelling to Jamaica is now required to confirm that they have been vaccinated for Yellow Fever if they have visited a country with a risk of the virus in the six months prior to travel. This is a requirement of the Jamaican government, and visitors to the country must provide proof of inoculation in order to gain entry.


Customers due to travel to Jamaica who are unsure if they need a vaccination can find an up-to-date list of affected countries here:

Please note, customers travelling with Thomson Cruises to any affected destination will not be required to provide vaccination proof when they return to Jamaica.


Zika Virus Statement


UPDATED: Friday 13th May 2016 – 12:15

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has updated its travel advice to recommend that pregnant women postpone non-essential travel to countries affected by the mosquito-borne Zika virus. The Foreign Office also continues to advise people, particularly if they’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant, to refer to the advice of the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC).

Customers due to travel to Aruba, Barbados, Cape Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Thailand, St Lucia, St Maarten and St Vincent and the Grenadines who would like to amend to an alternative holiday offered by Thomson and First Choice, and have a doctor’s note in line with the advice issued by NaTHNaC, can do so without incurring an amendment fee. 

Once we have been notified that a customer has a doctor’s note, they have a month to book an alternative holiday to any Thomson or First Choice destination currently on sale. If the alternative holiday is cheaper than the original holiday, we will refund the difference – if it is more expensive the difference must be covered by the customer.

If you would like to make an amendment and have booked through a travel agent, they will be happy to assist.  Alternatively, if you booked online, contact our customer services team on 0800 009 3834 & 0203 636 1995. 

The FCO also advises people to take the usual preventative measures to avoid insect and mosquito bites including: 

Personal protection measures should be applied all day long, and especially during the hours of highest mosquito activity (mid-morning, late afternoon to twilight) 

Apply insect repellent

Avoid strong-smelling perfumes and soaps

Avoid areas with a high density of plants 

Avoid open water

Tunisia Statement

UPDATED: Tuesday 31st January 2016 – 15:45

As a result of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) continuing to advise against all but essential travel to Tunisia, and as there is no clear timetable for when its advice will change, we are not currently selling any Thomson or First Choice holidays to the destination. This will continue to be the case until the FCO advice changes.


Sharm El Sheikh Statement 

UPDATED: Thursday 14th April 2016 – 14:45

As the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) continues to advise against all but essential travel from the UK to Sharm el-Sheikh, Thomson and First Choice can confirm cancellations to further flights and hotels for holidays booked up to and including the 28th of September 2016.

All customers booked to travel to Sharm el-Sheikh in this period can amend to any Thomson or First Choice holiday currently on sale or, alternatively, we will issue a full refund. A £30 per person discount applies for customers who amend to any holiday on sale departing on or before 31st October 2016. 

We would like to thank our customers for their continued patience and apologise for the inconvenience caused, whilst the current FCO advice is in place.