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    Traveling to Jamaica? A MUST READ!

    The yellow poster says it all.

    I had made several trips with no problems. NO MORE.
    This month’s trip was going well, fast flow more area, really nice improvements to Sangster International Airport (MBJ). It was big surprise to see so many bags opened for inspection at the new arrival Custom Inspection area. The agents were diligent in doing their job, very professional, polite and explained everything that was to happen. We had to empty one suitcase and put the banded/restricted metal detectors in the one suitcase. The other items from the one suitcase were put into other suitcases so all we had “DETAINED” were our metal detectors and the one suitcase. To retrieve the detained items we had to arrive an hour earlier for our flight home, a week later. We were allowed to put more items into the suitcase with the detectors prior to it being escorted to the ticket counter by two Custom Agents. There documents were signed, baggage check number noted and co-signed by the ticket agent. Back in the USA we collected our bags and headed home with a tale of travel that I just had to pass along. I was given information on who to contact to request a permit, but it would take a minimum of two weeks and probably would not be granted.
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    Ouch! Sorry to hear that! I would be so bummed out if that happened on a vacation. Thanks for the heads up

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    CASPER

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    LOOKS LIKE WE MAY HAVE TO WRITE SOME LETTERS TELL THEM THAT THEY ARE GONNA LOSE SOME
    TOURISM - I wonder if they stop guys on a cruise from bringing them ashore - ive never done a cruise
    never plan on it - just wonder if its a flying thing - hoping someone chimes in if they have done a cruise lately
    there - wonder if you could mail a machine to your hotel - yrs ago when I had a small prob - I mailed one back
    from carrib.
    Motto = "I try to hit where others cant or others wont "

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    CASPER

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    so they would confiscate my dive knife too ...and my camo Fisher hat?
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    rook3434, A2coins and lookindown like this.
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    Sweet I can cross it off my list
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    Minelab Equinox 800,Fisher CZ-21, Excalibur II

    ... waiting to see that elusive dowser on the beach with a bucket of gold rings ...

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    "BIG DAVE"

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    No need to travel to Jamaica now, Mon!!!

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    yep pretty much screw that place now. Theres some stuff on that list that blows my mind; camo, knives, metal detectors? seems like someone wants that country to be left thoroughly unarmed and helpless as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CASPER-2 View Post
    LOOKS LIKE WE MAY HAVE TO WRITE SOME LETTERS TELL THEM THAT THEY ARE GONNA LOSE SOME
    TOURISM - I wonder if they stop guys on a cruise from bringing them ashore - ive never done a cruise
    never plan on it - just wonder if its a flying thing - hoping someone chimes in if they have done a cruise lately
    there - wonder if you could mail a machine to your hotel - yrs ago when I had a small prob - I mailed one back
    from carrib.
    Hey Casper,
    Yes they check Cruise Lines as well. A couple of weeks ago my hunting bud took his EQ 800 along on his family cruise to Bahamas (I know its not Jamaica but looks like they have adopted the same policy). His EQ was first detained by ship's security when he was boarding. When they got to the island ship security allowed him to retrieve the detector but then Custom Agents on the island prevented him from taking it off the ship. He was told the same garbage, that he had to get written permisison. That written permission takes up to two weeks if they want to give it to you etc.

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    This 800 has two strikes against it:

    Traveling to Jamaica? A MUST READ!

    Yes, I had a similar problem onboard a cruise. "DETAINED" detector by the ship's security, but no problem going ashore. And that was back in the 1990's...can't remember just which year.

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    Well that sucks. Man lets not hope its a sign of the times

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    CASPER

    Jan 2012
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    So are they actually saying its illegal to detect in Jamaica? or own a machine down there
    I have a few friends up here that have dual citizenship - a few have houses here and there
    so wonder if I fly down with him - if they would still confiscate from him
    wonder if I had one mailed to his house - would they grab it
    what if you mailed to hotel right before you go
    Ive met a few locals that do own cheaper ones - is it illegal for them ow?
    Motto = "I try to hit where others cant or others wont "

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    sprailroad

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    Strange that a metal detector is lumped in with guns, ammo and handcuffs? Things that make ya say "wow".

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    I've tried to contact the Jamaican Embassy here in New York twice with no luck. I have sent an inquiry, and sent a complaint about the new restriction here:
    Contact Jamaica Tourist Board | Ministry of Tourism

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    you can keep that island my buddy got robbed there. Locals said stop taking all the gold from here mon

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    Maybe all the treasure shows showing gold, relics and what md find opened there eyes, and that's the only way to shut it down. Most of the shows have permits to do what there doing and most of detecting in other countries you have to turn your finds over. Just saying.

 

 
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