Americans warned to ‘exercise increased caution’ when travelling to Jamaica

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The United States yesterday categorised Jamaica as ‘Level 2’ on its new travel advisory scale, warning Americans to “exercise increased caution” when travelling to the island due to the high crime level.

Americans were advised not travel to some areas of Kingston; some areas of Montego Bay, St James and Spanish Town, St Catherine.

The advisory, posted on the US State Department’s website, also stated that violent crimes, such as home invasions, armed robberies, homicide and sexual assaults occur frequently, even at all-inclusive resorts and Jamaican police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents.

US government personnel have also been prohibited from driving outside of Kingston at night.