America issues travel advisory to US citizens in Jamaica

US issues travel advisory to US citizens in Jamaica

travel advisoryThe US State Department has issued a travel advisory to its citizens in Jamaica, warning them not to travel to certain areas due to concerns over rising crime.

The advisory cautions against travel to some areas of Kingston, some areas of Montego Bay and Spanish Town.

The advisory from the America state department says violent crime, such as home invasions, armed robberies, and homicide, is common.

It says sexual assaults occur frequently, even at all-inclusive resorts.

According to the statement local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents and U.S. government personnel are prohibited from driving outside of Kingston at night.

The advisory told citizens that if they decide to travel to Jamaica, they should avoid walking or driving at night, avoid public buses, avoid secluded places or situations, even in resorts, do not physically resist any robbery attempt, be aware of their surroundings and keep a low profile.

In addition, it says citizens are to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive alerts and make it easier to locate them in an emergency, follow the department of state on Facebook and Twitter and review the crime and safety report for Jamaica.

For Kingston, the advisory says violence and shootings occur regularly in some areas of the city and U.S. government personnel are prohibited from traveling to the following areas: Downtown Kingston, which is defined as the areas between Mountain View Avenue and Hagley Park Road, and South of Half Way Tree and Old Hope Roads, and includes Trench Town, Tivoli Gardens, and Arnett Gardens; Standpipe, Grants Pen, and Cassava Piece.

In Montego Bay, it says violence and shootings occur regularly in some areas of Montego Bay and U.S. government personnel are prohibited from traveling to the following areas: Flankers, Canterbury, Norwood, Rose Heights, Clavers Street, and Hart Street.

It also says violence and shootings occur regularly in Spanish Town and U.S. government personnel are prohibited from traveling to the old capital.

The advisory asked u-s citizens to visit the embassy’s website for information on travel to high-risk areas.

 

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