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Jamaica Travel Warning

Issued by U.S. Department of State

Apr 15, 2019

Exercise increased caution in Jamaica due to crime. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. 

Violent crimes, such as home invasions, armed robberies, sexual assaults, and homicides are common. Sexual assaults occur frequently, including at all-inclusive resorts. Local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents. Emergency services vary throughout the island, and response times may vary from U.S. standards. U.S. government personnel are prohibited from traveling to areas listed below, from using public buses, and from driving outside of prescribed areas of Kingston at night. 

Do not travel to:

Kingston

Violence and shootings occur regularly in some areas of Kingston. Do not travel to the following areas:

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas

Montego Bay

Violence and shootings occur regularly in some areas of Montego Bay. Do not travel to the following areas:

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas

Spanish Town

Do not travel to Spanish Town. Violence and shootings occur regularly in Spanish Town. 

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas

Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page

If you decide to travel to Jamaica:

Last Update: Reissued after periodic review with updates to information on crime.

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