Official Travel Advice for Jamaica
Summary and Safety and security section (Crime) - The States of Emergency in the parishes of St James (which includes Montego Bay), Hanover and Westmoreland have been extended to 13 August 2019; a State of Emergency is also in place until 21 July in part of the Parish of St Andrew, which includes areas of Kingston
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Advice current as at 4:00 am 18 Jul 2019.
Over 217,000 British nationals visited Jamaica in 2017. Most visits are trouble-free.
There are high levels of crime and violence, particularly in the capital Kingston. See Crime
The States of Emergency in the parishes of St James (which includes Montego Bay), Hanover and Westmoreland have been extended to 13 August 2019. A State of Emergency is also in place until 21 July in part of the Parish of St Andrew, which includes areas of Kingston: detailed boundaries are set out by the Government of Jamaica.
As part of these security enhancement measures, the Government of Jamaica has put in place a number of Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs) which are currently active in:
- Denham Town in Kingston (due to expire on 19 August 2019);
- Mount Salem in Montego Bay (due to expire on 7 September 2019).
Both the State of Emergency and ZOSO measures allow the military to support the police in joint security operations in response to recent violence and shooting incidents.
Security operations are ongoing and further activity including curfews could occur with little or no notice. You should exercise caution if you’re in the area, particularly if travelling at night, and follow the advice of the local authorities, including any restrictions. These may also result in road closures or travel delays, and the operating hours of some businesses may be subject to change.
Since 9 November, Fly Jamaica has not been listed by the Norman Manley International Airport for arrivals and departures. You should make alternative arrangements until further information is available.
The hurricane season in Jamaica normally runs from June to November. You should monitor local and international weather updates from the US National Hurricane Centre and follow the advice of local authorities. See Natural Disasters
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
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.
Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Jamaica, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism
You can contact the emergency services by calling 119 for police, ambulance and fire.
If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.
The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.
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