Bilateral relations Switzerland–Jamaica

Switzerland's political and economic relations with Jamaica are good, although not particularly intensive. Switzerland's interests in Jamaica are represented by the Swiss embassy in Cuba.

Key aspects of diplomatic relations

Switzerland and Jamaica have concluded agreements in the following areas: promotion and protection of investments, avoidance of double taxation, reciprocal visa-free access for holders of a diplomatic, official or service passport, aviation, recognition and protection of geographical indications (AOP/IGP).

Between 2008 and 2011, Switzerland supported Jamaica in establishing a functional and effective system for the protection of geographical indications.

Switzerland has been represented by an honorary consul since 2004. The Swiss embassy in Havana, Cuba, is responsible for Switzerland's diplomatic relations with Jamaica.

Treaty database

Caribbean Community CARICOM

Government of Jamaica

Economic cooperation

The volume of trade between Switzerland and Jamaica is modest. In 2020 Switzerland imported goods worth CHF 2.8 million from Jamaica, primarily cocoa and alcoholic beverages. Swiss exports to Jamaica – mainly watches and machinery and, to a lesser extent, chemicals – totalled CHF 9.3 million.

Trade promotion, Switzerland Global Enterprise SGE

Cooperation in education, research and innovation

Researchers from Jamaica can apply to the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) for Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships.

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Scholars and Artists, (SERI)

Swiss nationals in Jamaica

At the end of 2020 there were 127 Swiss citizens living in Jamaica.

History of bilateral relations

Switzerland was quick to recognise Jamaica's independence in 1962 and has maintained diplomatic relations with the country since then. Between 1963 and 2004, Switzerland maintained a consulate general in the capital, Kingston. Since 2004, it has been represented by an honorary consul.

Jamaica, historical Dictionary of Switzerland (de, fr, it)

Diplomatic Documents of Switzerland, Dodis

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