On Tuesday, May 31, the United States, in a level three travel advisory, urged Americans to reconsider visiting Jamaica, listing eight of the country’s 14 parishes as being at “increased risk” due to crime.
In fact, with the advisory issued just before the summer travel season, the United States has designated the popular Montego Bay resort town of St James as an area to avoid due to crime.
The parishes that Americans are told not to go to are Clarendon, Hanover, Kingston, St Andrew, St Ann, St Catherine, St James and Westmoreland.
“Violent crimes, such as home invasions, armed robberies, sexual assaults and homicides, are common. Sexual assaults occur frequently, including at all-inclusive resorts,” the notice said.
He added: “Local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents.”
The Level Three Travel Advisory also said emergency services vary across the island and response times may differ from US standards.
“The Jamaican government’s reported homicide rate has for several years been among the highest in the Western Hemisphere,” the advisory continued.
The notice also provided a breakdown of the areas of the eight parishes that US government personnel are not permitted to travel to, adding that they are also prohibited from using public buses and driving outside the areas. prescribed from Kingston at night.
Some of the advice provided to US citizens deciding to travel to Jamaica includes:
- Avoid walking or driving at night.
- Avoid public buses.
- Avoid isolated places or situations.
- Do not physically resist any attempted theft.
- Be aware of your surroundings and keep a low profile.