The Canadian Government has added to recent travel warnings for visitors to Jamaica, recommending visitors to St James and St Catherine Parishes stay in their resorts and use organised tours.
Earlier in the week, authorities declared a state of emergency in St Catherine Parish due to a breakdown in law and order. The state of emergency covering St James Parish, which include the tourist resorts of Montego Bay, was recently extended until early May. In the three months of 2018 to date, 48 people have been murdered.
From the Canadian Government’s Travel Advice website –
In response to a significant increase in violent crime, the Jamaican government extended, on March 18, 2018, the state of public emergency initially set for the St. James Parish – which includes Montego Bay. It now includes the St. Catherine Parish in Greater Kingston; with a focus on Spanish Town, Linstead and Bog Walk. Joint police-military forces have been deployed to these areas to conduct operations to address organized crime and gang activity and to restore public peace.
If you are staying at a resort in the affected area of St-James Parish, continue to restrict your movements beyond resort security perimeters. If you decide to travel outside these perimeters, use transportation arranged or provided by the resort. Use organized tour operators for excursions and travel to and from the airport. If you are in the affected areas, be extremely vigilant, follow the instructions of local authorities and monitor local news.
from Country Advice and Advisories, which can be found at: http://travel.gc.ca/destinations/jamaica
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