Jamaica - re-issued alert for Kingston
The US State Department re-issued its travel alert for Kingston, Jamaica and surrounding areas on 24 June 2010, warning its citizens of the possibility of continuing sporadic violence.
The government of Jamaica has imposed a State of Emergency for West Kingston, St Andrew and St Catherine's Parish, which includes Old Spanish Town, as they continue to seek out criminal gangs and their supporters.
The emergency was sparked on 23 May 2010 when Jamaican police and military personnel began an operation to arrest alleged drugs and weapons trafficker Christopher "Dudus" Coke. The clashes resulted in an estimated 73 deaths.
Coke has been arrested and faces extradition to the U.S. but police operations against criminal gangs continue.
The U.S. State department warns that further violent clashes are likely to break out without warning. The airport may be closed at short notice. Read the travel alert here.
A number of other foreign governments have advised their citizens to reconsider their need to travel to Kingston at this time, and to exercise a high degree of caution while in Jamaica generally. Check with your airline or travel provider.
Avoiding civil unrest
- Avoid public gatherings or demonstrations, and areas where you see police or military movement.
- Monitor local media reports and follow the advice of police and military.
- If you suspect unrest or violence has broken out close to you, remain in your hotel room and follow the instructions of staff, police and military authorities.
- Keep an eye on airline websites if you are travelling through Kingston to find out about travel disruptions or redirections.
- Advise friends and family of your location via phone, email or on your travel blog, just in case the situation deteriorates.
What is the official Govt Travel Advice?
This data can change frequently, so please check your local Government's travel advisory website. Also, register with your foreign affairs department or Consulate so they can easily find you in the event of an emergency.
How will this affect my travel insurance?
For World Nomads policy holders, please check your policy wording to ensure you know what is covered (and not covered) or contact us for advice:
Author: Phil Sylvester
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