Jamaica has had an ongoing issue with violent crime, largely perpetrated by gangs which are often armed with firearms. While government travel advisories still indicate that the country is safe to visit, caution must be taken due to the heightened risk in some areas.
The Jamaican government has made several state of emergency announcements throughout 2018, with some being extended due to continuing crime issues. This warning does not affect other parts of Jamaica such as Negril and Ochos Rios. However, wherever you are on the island, it's advised to be aware of your surroundings and exercise safety precautions.
The Jamaican government declared on 18th January 2018, a state of emergency due to increased outbreaks of violence in the St James parish which includes the touristy area of Montego Bay and surrounds. Military and police are carrying out joint security operations including check points and curfews in a bid to crack down on the violence and restore order. Since its inception, authorities have made significant progress with hundreds of arrests and patrols.
This state of emergency has been extended until January 31st, 2019.
You should check your government's travel warnings for Jamaica as this can have ramifications on your travel insurance coverage.
If you act against the advice of your government you will be in breach of the terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy and it's very likely your claim will be denied.
If you are unsure of your government's advice for Jamaica or need to discuss coverage, please contact your travel insurance provider.
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