State of Emergency declared in St James Parish

A state of emergency has been declared for the key tourist gateway of Montego Bay and the surrounding area.


A State of Emergency has been declared in St James Parish which includes Montego Bay.

This will lead to more intensive law enforcement activities in response to recent violence including shooting incidents. You should follow local advice, including restrictions in selected areas. You should limit your movements outside of resorts in the area at this time, and exercise particular care if traveling at night. Travel to and from the airport or for excursions should be undertaken with organized tour operators, and transport should be arranged or provided by the resort hotels.

Local media have reported that a major military operation is underway in parts of St James. This may result in road closures and travel delays. You should exercise caution if you’re in the area.

Public order incidents and demonstrations can occur across Jamaica, and may cause significant disruption to traffic and public transportation. You should avoid all demonstrations; they have the potential to turn violent and are often used by criminals as cover for robbery and theft. See Safety and security

The hurricane season in Jamaica normally runs from June to November. You should monitor the progress of approaching storms and follow the advice of the local authorities. See Natural Disasters

UK health authorities have classified Jamaica as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For more information and advice, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.

Around 206,000 British nationals visited Jamaica in 2016. Most visits are trouble-free.

There are high levels of crime and violence, particularly in the capital Kingston. See Crime

Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Jamaica, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism

‘This is very unusual for the UK Foreign Office advice: urging British holiday-makers not to wander away from their gated, guarded all-inclusive resorts’

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