Monday, 10 October 2022 10:26

US Gov’t Advise Against Travelling to Jamaica Due to High Crime Rate

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The government of the United States is again urging its citizens to reconsider travel to Jamaica, due to what it says is the high level of crime.

Months after it issued a travel advisory warning Americans to reconsider travel to Jamaica, it has again doubled down on its recommendation with another advisory issued by the State Department last week.

The US lists the top four places to avoid as Clarendon, Hanover, Kingston and St Andrew and the city of Montego Bay.

Several sections of the Corporate Area are no-go places including Cassava Piece, Downtown Kingston and August Town.

 For Clarendon, they warn you should only use the toll highway.

 

Other parishes included are St Ann, St Catherine, Westmoreland and the entire St James.

They ask specifically that travellers avoid Steer Town in St Ann as well as Spanish Town and central village in St Catherine.

For St James, avoid Cambridge, Spring Mount and Johns Hall as well as Russia and Whitehouse in Westmoreland.

According to the level three travel advisory, violent crimes such as home invasions, armed robberies and sexual assaults as well as homicides are common.

It claims that sexual assaults occur frequently, including at all-inclusive resorts.

The US Department of State says the Police in Jamaica lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents.

It says the homicide rate has been among the highest in the western hemisphere and as a result US government personnel are restricted from travelling to the areas listed.

They are also prohibited from using public buses and from driving outside of the prescribed areas of Kingston at night.

According to  the US Department of State website, a level three advisory is given for countries where the threat to travellers is so strong that they should reconsider their plans.

The US Department of State issued travel advisories for more than one hundred countries in the past week.