Canadian travellers staying in Jamaica’s St. James Parish, which includes the Montego Bay tourist hub, have been advised by Canada’s federal government to restrict their movements beyond their hotels. The advice comes in the wake of a state of emergency declared for the parish by Jamaica’s government on Jan. 18 resulting from a “significant increase in violent crime” in the area and the deployment of military forces to stabilize the situation.
A similar travel update has been issued by Britain.
Canada’s travel statement advises travellers to the area to “exercise a high degree of caution” and urges those who choose to leave their hotels to use “transportation arranged or provided by the resort,” including for excursions and airport transfers.
“If you are in the affected area, be extremely vigilant, follow the instructions of local authorities and monitor local news,” it continues.
The travel statement does not reference Ocho Rios or Negril.
The Canadian government is advising travellers in Montego Bay and surrounding St. James Parish to "restrict" their movements outside their hotels.