Kingston Jamaica - Civil Unrest

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Overview of the situation

Jamaican defence forces and police are involved in an operation to arrest an alleged drug baron and weapons trafficker wanted in the USA, resulting in widespread unrest in the capital, including gun battles which have claimed as many as 60 lives since Sunday May 23rd.

The fighting has intermittently closed the Norman Manley International Airport. (Check with your airline or travel provider if you plan to transit through the airport in the next few days.)

On May 24th the US State Department issued a warning to its citizens to stay away from Kingston and its surrounds.

US State Dept advice

Other nations are considering their response and may issue their own warnings.

As of May 25th (local time) there were no reports of unrest spreading to major tourist areas.

The WorldNomads SafetyHub Blog has detailed survival tips information for travellers caught up in this or other natural disasters here.

Avoiding civil unrest

  • Avoid public gatherings or demonstrations, and areas where you see police or military movement.
  • Monitor local media reports and follow the advice of police and military.
  • If you suspect unrest or violence has broken out close to you, remain in your hotel room and follow the instructions of staff, police and military authorities.
  • Keep an eye on airline websites if you are travelling through Kingston to find out about travel disruptions or redirections.
  • Advise friends and family of your location via phone, email or on your travel blog, just in case the situation deteriorates.

What is the official Govt Travel Advice?

This data can change frequently, so please check your local Government's travel advisory website.  Also, register with your foreign affairs department or Consulate so they can easily find you in the event of an emergency.

How will this affect my travel insurance? 

For World Nomads policy holders, please check your policy wording to ensure you know what is covered (and not covered) or contact us for advice:

Click here for a list of 24 hour emergency assistance hotline numbers.

The website will continue to monitor this situation in the SafetyHub blog. 

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Travel alert for Kingston, Jamaica

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