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.
Bilateral relations Switzerland–Jamaica
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.
The volume of trade between Switzerland and Jamaica is low. In 2019 Switzerland imported goods worth CHF 1.5 million from Jamaica, primarily cocoa and alcohol. Swiss exports to Jamaica – mainly watches and machinery and, to a lesser extent, chemicals – totalled CHF 12.4 million.
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 nationals in Jamaica
At the end of 2019, there were 125 Swiss nationals 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, and its diplomatic interests have been covered by the Swiss embassy in Havana.