Yesterday, the federal government issued a special advisory for Canadians travelling to Jamaica, due to “the high level of violent crime and the state of emergency in St James Parish.”
Rising violent crime levels have resulted in the deployment of military forces to the area, which includes Montego Bay.
If you are currently in the area, you are advised to be extremely careful and alert, follow security guidelines, and keep an eye on the local news.
Here’s a list of local emergency services and resources for Canadians in Jamaica:
- Police: dial 119
- Medical assistance: dial 911
- Firefighters: dial 911
- Canadian Consulate: 876-632-0371
29 Gloucester Street, Montego Bay
- High Commission of Canada: 876-926-1500
3 West Kings House Road, Kingston 10
Similar advisory issued by the UK
According to a BBC report, Jamaica’s state of emergency also prompted the UK government to issue an advisory for British travelers.
Tourists are being warned to stay in their hotels and resorts, follow the advice of local authorities, and to be extra careful while traveling at night.