Rampant Crime in Jamaica Prompts Canada to Issue Travel Advisory
The Canadian Government issued a high-level Travel Advisory for the Caribbean island country of Jamaica related to a ‘significant increase in violent crime.’
On October 10, 2019, Canada’s Travel & Tourism website published a Level 2 ‘Exercise a High-Degree of Caution’ Travel Advisory related to the Jamaican Government’s extension of its ‘States of Emergency’ declarations in certain areas of the island.
During these periods, Jamaican security forces have been given increased rights to conduct searches, seizures, and detain persons of interest. Curfews may also be imposed without notice.
Additionally, the Canadian Advisory says, ‘While visiting Jamaica, the coastal roads are in fair condition, but driving inland is dangerous due to narrow, winding and badly maintained roads. And when driving between Norman Manley International Airport and Kingston, take the South Camp Road (also known as the hummingbird route) rather than Mountain View Avenue, where several robbery incidents have been reported.’