A travel advisory sent from the US State Department yesterday, is telling American citizens to “Reconsider travel to Jamaica due to health and safety measures and COVID-related conditions. They are also asked to exercise greater caution in Jamaica due to crime.”
"In our travel information, we warn people not to visit certain high-risk countries and areas both because of local conditions and because we are limited in our ability to provide consular services in those places," the website says.
"We want you to know the danger of traveling to high-risk places and to strongly consider not going to them at all. Traveling to high-risk locations puts your life, and possibly the lives of others, in jeopardy. Traveling to high-risk areas puts you at increased risk for kidnapping, hostage-taking, theft, and serious injury," the advisory says.
According to the State Department, some areas of the island have increased risk, and "the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Jamaica due to COVID-19. The following represent a portion of the advisory on the State Department's website:
Meanwhile the United States, which has the highest number of persons suffering or killed by the coronavirus has warned its nationals from travelling to three CARICOM countries because of the situation regarding the virus in those countries.
Washington has issued a travel warning for Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, and Haiti because they are battling a surge in COVID-19 cases.
The advisory has been placed on the Department's website.
Nassau earlier this week announced a total shutdown of the country, while the cases in Haiti have been increasing on a daily basis.
Washington said in the case of Antigua and Barbuda, the island has lifted stay at home orders, and resumed some transportation options, and businesses operations.
Jamaica has resumed most transportation options, (including airport operations and re-opening of borders) and business operations. Other improved conditions have been reported within Jamaica. Do not travel to:
- The below-listed areas of Kingston due to crime.
- The below-listed areas of Montego Bay due to crime.
- Spanish Town due to crime.
Country Summary: 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.
Violence and shootings occur regularly in some areas of Kingston. Do not travel to the following areas:
- Cassava Piece
- Downtown Kingston, defined as between Mountain View Avenue and Hagley Park Road, and south of Half Way Tree and Old Hope Roads. Downtown Kingston includes Trench Town, Tivoli Gardens, and Arnett Gardens.
- Grants Pen
Violence and shootings occur regularly in some areas of Montego Bay. Do not travel to the following areas:
- Clavers Street
- Hart Street
- Rose Heights
- Do not travel to Spanish Town. Violence and shootings occur regularly in Spanish Town.
- Countries: Jamaica
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