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Alert: Jamaica Off-Limits for American Tourists, Warns State Dept

Alert: Jamaica Off-Limits for American Tourists, Warns State Dept

Alert: Jamaica Off-Limits for American Tourists, Warns State Dept

Alert: Jamaica Off-Limits for American Tourists, Warns State Dept

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  • U.S. warns against Jamaica travel due to rising crime.
  • Security alerts for Bahamas and Jamaica; medical care concerns.
  • Travelers cautioned about widespread crimes, urged to reconsider plans.
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United States State Department has issued a travel advisory, placing Jamaica off-limits for American tourists due to a significant spike in crime rates. The advisory, issued last week, highlights the escalating security concerns in the Caribbean nation, urging extreme caution for those considering travel to the area.

The Level Three advisory for Jamaica specifically alerts travelers about potential shortages in medical care facilities. Additionally, the Level Two warning for the Bahamas emphasizes the need for heightened vigilance, cautioning against crime-related issues prevalent in both tourist and non-tourist areas.

“Violent crime, such as burglaries, armed robberies, and sexual assaults, occur in both tourist and non-tourist areas. Be vigilant when staying at short-term vacation rental properties where private security companies do not have a presence,” states the advisory.

The warning further advises travelers to refrain from answering doors at hotels or residences unless they are certain of the visitor’s identity. It strongly discourages physical resistance in the event of robbery attempts. Moreover, the advisory recommends avoiding nighttime walking or driving, public buses, secluded places, and encourages maintaining a low profile.

“Violent crimes, such as home invasions, armed robberies, sexual assaults, and homicides, are common. Sexual assaults occur frequently, including at all-inclusive resorts,” warns the advisory. It also highlights concerns about the effectiveness of local law enforcement in responding to serious criminal incidents and the infrequent prosecution of cases to a conclusive sentence.

The higher-level warning for Jamaica goes a step further, urging travelers to reconsider their plans and noting that U.S. government personnel are prohibited from traveling to certain areas due to increased risk. The State Department underscores the under-resourced nature of public hospitals, unable to provide high-level or specialized care, while private hospitals often require upfront payment.

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As a result of these advisories, American tourists are being strongly cautioned against planning vacations to Jamaica, emphasizing the priority of safety and security in travel decisions.

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