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Jamaica Travel Warning

Issued by US Department of State

Sep 21, 2004

This Travel Warning is being issued to caution U.S. citizens regarding travel conditions in Jamaica due to the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan. The government of Jamaica has declared a state of emergency and curfews remain in effect in some areas. 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 to assist with emergency services for American citizens. This supercedes the Travel Warning dated September 14, 2004.

U.S. citizens in Jamaica are advised that there are limited public services in parts of the island. In Kingston, roads are clear and some hotels are operating as usual, but availability of potable water and electricity remain a concern for some hotels and many residents. Many tourist sites have reopened, but U.S. citizens are advised to check accessibility and condition of hotels before traveling to Jamaica. Road transportation between major metropolitan areas is open, and secondary roads are being cleared of debris. The parishes that were hardest hit by Hurricane Ivan include St. Elizabeth, Manchester, Clarendon, St. Thomas, Portland, and parts of Westmoreland.

The international airports in Montego Bay and Kingston have reopened and most airlines have resumed normal flight schedules. Cellular phone service is operational, and standard (land) telephone and data lines are working throughout most of the island. Water and electricity are gradually returning to parts of the island.

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, or at the Consular Section of the Embassy, located on the first floor of the Oxford Manor building, 16 Oxford Road, Kingston 5, tel. (876) 935-6044. Updated information on travel to 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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