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Jamaica Travel Warning

Issued by US Department of State

Sep 16, 2004

This Travel Warning is being issued to urge U.S. citizens to avoid travel to Jamaica at this time due to the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan. The Department of State has authorized the departure of non-emergency personnel and eligible family members of the U.S. Embassy in Kingston, Jamaica. A small number of consular officers will be available, but the ability to provide assistance is limited. This supercedes the Public Announcement dated September 9, 2004.

U.S. citizens in Jamaica are urged to depart as soon as safe transportation is available. The government of Jamaica has declared a state of emergency. The airport in Montego Bay is currently open and Manley International Airport in Kingston is scheduled to reopen shortly. Telephone service in Jamaica is widely unavailable. If unable to immediately depart, U.S. citizens are advised to locate shelter, monitor media reports, and follow all official instructions. Visitors to Jamaica should be familiar with their hotel evacuation plans, policies, or procedures.

Americans living or traveling in Jamaica are encouraged to register with the U.S. Embassy in Kingston through the State Department's travel registration website at https://travelregistration.state.gov.

Updated information on travel Jamaica may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the United States, or from overseas, 1-317-472-2328. For further information please consult the Consular Information Sheet for Jamaica available via the Internet at http://travel.state.gov or contact the U.S. Embassy in Kingston at 876-935-6044, after hours 876-935-6000. Please also see the current Worldwide Caution Public Announcement.

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