Britons in Jamaica's Montego Bay urged to stay in resorts

Frederick Owens
January 22, 2018

It has not warned against travelling to Jamaica.

The latest State Department travel advisory issued January 10 warns Americans to exercise "extreme caution" when traveling to Jamaica.

The region on Jamaica's north coast, which is visited by about 200,000 Britons a year, has experienced a surge in gang-related violence and killings.

British tourists in Montego Bay face being stranded in their holiday resorts during a Jamaican military crackdown on escalating gang violence that has seen the murder rate soar.

"This will lead to more intensive law enforcement activities in response to recent violence including shooting incidents". "You should limit your movements outside of resorts in the area at this time, and exercise particular care if traveling at night".

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"In line with Foreign Office guidance we are contacting customers in Montego Bay to advice them to remain in their resort hotels except when on a transfer to or from the airport or on an excursion organised by our agents". The St James murder tally previous year was twice the number for the next most murderous parish locally, Clarendon, with 168 homicides.

"This may result in road closures and travel delays".

Police Commissioner George Quallo said 335 murders were recorded in St. James previous year, nearly twice as many as in any other parish.The same day the state of emergency was announced, the UK Foreign Office, saying it would "lead to more intensive law enforcement activities". Rocky Meade, also appealed for support for the security forces."We ask that you cooperate with the troops", he said.

"Several stakeholders, including those in the tourism industry, have written to me to say that they would support the necessary actions to bring the parish of St James under control and restore public safety", he said.

Earlier in the week, Holness had said his government had "reached the point where we are now prepared to take these firm and resolute measures to ensure that the crime monster does not destabilize the promising future that is in store for Jamaica".

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