Jamaica is under a Level 3 travel advisory due to its “crime and medical services”
The United States State Department advises visitors to rethink visiting Jamaica.
The nation is subject to a Level 3 travel alert because of its “crime and medical services.” The government changed the travel notice on Jan. 23, adding that “violent crimes, such as home invasions, armed robberies, sexual assaults, and homicides” are widespread in the nation, and sexual assaults occur often, even at “all-inclusive resorts.”
“The homicide rate reported by the Government of Jamaica has, for several years, been among the highest in the Western Hemisphere,” the study states.
The State Department warns that violent crime, including armed robbery, assault, and sexual assault, is a major problem in Jamaica, particularly in Kingston and other urban areas. The warning also notes that there have been several recent incidents of violence against tourists, including robberies and assaults. In addition to the crime and violence, the State Department warns of several other potential dangers for U.S. citizens traveling to Jamaica.
These include natural disasters, such as hurricanes and earthquakes, as well as poor road conditions and inadequate medical facilities. The State Department recommends that U.S. citizens who must travel to Jamaica take several precautions, including:
* Staying in well-secured hotels or resorts.
* Avoiding walking alone, especially at night.
* Using only licensed taxis or tour operators.
* Being aware of your surroundings and avoiding large crowds.
* Carrying a copy of your passport and other important documents.
* Enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive updates on safety and security conditions in Jamaica.
The State Department also advises U.S. citizens to contact the U.S. Embassy in Kingston for assistance if they are the victims of crime or violence. Jamaica is a popular tourist destination, known for its beautiful beaches, lush rainforests, and rich culture.
However, the recent increase in crime and violence has led the U.S. State Department to issue a Level 3 travel warning for the country. U.S. citizens who are planning to travel to Jamaica should carefully consider the risks and take appropriate precautions.
Jamaica Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett announced earlier this month that the island had a “substantial” increase in tourists last year.
“In 2023, we had 4.15 million guests, a significant 24% rise over the previous year. This shows the amazing allure of Destination Jamaica. This includes 2,886,064 stopover tourists, a 16.4% increase over the number reported in 2022. In addition, 1,265,586 cruise arrivals were reported for the year, signifying a stunning 48.3% rise over the number of cruise passengers that visited the island in 2022,” according to a news release from Bartlett.