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Jamaica Issues State of Emergency

January 22nd 2018

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According to TIME, visitors are also being warned not to leave the confines of their resorts.

In a conversation with sister site TravelPulse Canada, Philip Rose, the Regional Director of Canada for the Jamaica Tourist Board, said he's confident that the government measures will help restore order quickly. He also reminds readers that the crime rate against tourists is very low.

“[Jamaica] has always enjoyed a very low crime rate against visitors; probably one of the lowest percentages in the Caribbean,” he said.

He also noted that the alert has had very little impact on visitors.

“Visitors and locals are enjoying St. James and Montego Bay and all the area has to offer,” he said. “There’s really very little impact on law-abiding citizens, and these measures are welcomed by 99 percent of Jamaicans.”

In response to the State of Emergency, the United Kingdom and Canada updated their travel warnings to Jamaica, advising visitors to, “Exercise a high degree of caution.”

As of press time, the United States had not updated its travel advisory for Jamaica. While the United States considers the country, as a whole, a “Level 2—Exercise increased caution” nation, it has also, previously, issued its sternest “Level 4—Do not travel” warning for “parts of Kingston,” “parts of Montego Bay” and “Spanish Town” due to crime. The warning places those regions on par with war-torn Syria and Yemen.

Last year, Jamaica was named the World’s Leading Wedding Destination at the World Travel Awards. It also scored big wins at travAlliancemedia’s Travvy Awards, taking home gold awards as Best Honeymoon Destination, Caribbean/Bahamas; Best Culinary Destination, Caribbean/Bahamas; Best Tourism Board Overall and Best Tourism Board, Caribbean/Bahamas.

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