Swiss relations with Jamaica are good, but not particularly intense.
Bilateral relations Switzerland–Jamaica
Key aspects of diplomatic relations
Switzerland and Jamaica have concluded agreements in the following areas: promotion and protection of investments (1991), avoidance of double taxation (1995), reciprocal visa-free access for holders of a diplomatic, official or service passport (2010), air services (2013), recognition and protection of geographical indications (AOP/IGP).
Between 2008 and 2011, Switzerland supported Jamaica in the creation of a functional and effective system for the protection of geographical indications. This should place good quality Jamaican products in a better market position.
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.
Trade between Switzerland and Jamaica is minimal. In 2015, Switzerland imported goods worth CHF 2.33 million, essentially agricultural products, mainly cocoa and alcoholic beverages. Swiss exports totalling CHF 11.12 million mainly consisted of watches and machines and, to a lesser extent, chemical products.
Cooperation in education, research and innovation
Scholars and artists 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 2015 there were 171 Swiss citizens living in Jamaica.
History of bilateral relations
Switzerland was quick to recognise Jamaica’s independence in 1962 and, since that time, has maintained diplomatic relations. Between 1963 and 2004, there was a Consulate General in the capital, Kingston. Since 2004, Switzerland has been represented by an honorary consul, and its diplomatic interests have been covered by the Swiss embassy in Havana.