On January 18, 2018, the Jamaican government declared a state of emergency for the St. Parish area, which includes the highly popular Montego Bay. This comes as a recent crackdown on violent crimes in the area, and the military has been brought out to restore peace.
Just this month a Winnipeg couple visiting the area was discovered dead. These events have prompted the federal government to issue a new warning in response.
The official statement reads:
“Exercise a high degree of caution in Jamaica due to the high level of violent crime and the state of emergency in St James Parish.”
While not a warning to avoid travel, a high degree of caution includes keeping a close watch on the media and any escalating situations in the area. If staying at a resort in the area, guests should avoid any outside travel and use transportation provided exclusively from the guest services.
The travel advisory reminds Canadians that the choice to travel is always their own but, visitors in Jamaica should be “extremely vigilant.”