For many travelers, Montego bay travel advisory travel advisories is a real snoozefest. But if you’re thinking about heading to montego bay or any other popular Caribbean destination, make sure to check the latest advisories before booking your trip.
The State Department is advising American citizens to “reconsider travel” to Jamaica because of recent murders and other crimes that have occurred in areas frequented by tourists. The advisory is a Level 3 (one step below the “do not travel” level) and includes a number of neighborhoods, communities, and parishes in which U.S. government personnel should avoid travel. The list includes Montego Bay, downtown Kingston, parts of St. Ann’s Parish near Ocho Rios, and several neighborhoods in Negril.
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Those living and traveling in the affected area are advised to use extreme caution, stay out of secluded areas, and resist attempts at robbery. The State Department also recommends that Americans enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, review the Country Security Report for Jamaica, and prepare a contingency plan.
The homicide rate in Jamaica is one of the highest in the world, and the Embassy has made 29 Jamaican neighborhoods, communities, and parishes off limits to Embassy employees. The Embassy’s full Travel Advisory for Jamaica is available on the State Department website. Americans are also urged to purchase traveler’s insurance, which should include medical evacuation coverage. Most health care providers overseas do not accept Medicare or Medicaid, and neither the State nor the Embassy can guarantee the availability of medical services.