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Jamaica's Travel Alerts Discourage Visitors

September 9, 2021 • 7:10 pm CDT
(Vax Before Travel)

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Level 4: Very High Level of COVID-19 alert for the Caribbean island country of Jamaica on September 7, 2021.

The CDC says, 'Avoid travel to Jamaica.'

'If you must travel to Jamaica, make sure you are fully vaccinated before travel. However, because of the current situation in Jamaica, even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 variants.'

Furthermore, check the travel vaccines and medicines list and visit your doctor at least a month before your trip to get the supplies you may need.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Jamaica has averaged about 4.3 million tourists a year.

Separately, the US Department of State issued a Level 4 Travel Advisory which says, 'Do not travel to Jamaica due to COVID-19, and exercise increased caution in Jamaica due to crime. 

Violent crimes are common, such as home invasions, armed robberies, sexual assaults, and homicides. Sexual assaults frequently occur, including at all-inclusive resorts.

Some specific areas have increased risk of crime, such as:

  • Listed areas of Kingston,
  • Listed areas of Montego Bay,
  • Spanish Town.

Read the entire State Department Travel Advisory at this link.

Additionally, the US Embassy in Kingston says In light of the Jamaican government’s announcement of no-movement days in September, the U.S. Embassy will be closed for regular consular services on those days.