Jamaica Travel Alerts and Warnings

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Travel Restrictions related to COVID 19 (Coronavirus) - March 2020

Gatherings of more than 10 people are banned in Jamaica until further notice.

Anyone who entered Jamaica from countries of concern on or after 18 March, are required to self-quarantine for 21 days from the date of arrival.

Disruption and termination of flights are expected. Contact your travel agent or tour operator to find out how this affects you as soon as possible.

Wondering how your travel insurance might be affected by the COVID-19 outbreak? Find answers to some of our common questions about COVID-19.

Stay up to date with local news and media, and always follow the advice of local authorities or your government.

Follow the advice of the World Health Organization: Wash your hands consistently, maintain at least 3ft (1m) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing, and if you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early (call before visiting your doctor).

World Health Organization (WHO) Health Alerts

To increase access to reliable information, WHO has partnered with WhatsApp and Facebook to launch a WHO Health Alert messaging service. This service will provide the latest news and information on COVID-19, including details on symptoms and how people can protect themselves. The Health Alert service is now available in English and will be introduced in other languages next week.

Previous travel alerts for Jamaica

Jamaica has had an ongoing issue with violent crime, largely perpetrated by gangs which are often armed with weapons. 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.

State of Emergency - May 2019

The Jamaican government has made several state of emergency announcements throughout 2018, with some being extended into 2019 due to ongoing crime-related issues. This warning does not affect other parts of Jamaica. However, wherever you are on the island, it's advised to be aware of your surroundings and exercise safety precautions.

Western Jamaica

The Jamaican government has declared 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. The parishes of Westmoreland (which includes Negril) and Hanover are also under the declaration.

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 13th August, 2019.

Travelers are strongly urged to keep updated with local news reports, government travel advisories and follow all official warnings. Carry identification with you at all times. Failure to comply with directives from government authorities may result in you not being covered by travel insurance.

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