COVID-19 Exceptional Travel Advisory Notice
As countries respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including travel and border restrictions, the FCO advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. Any country or area may restrict travel without notice. If you live in the UK and are currently travelling abroad, you are strongly advised to return now, where and while there are still commercial routes available. Many airlines are suspending flights and many airports are closing, preventing flights from leaving.
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Over 217,000 British nationals visited Jamaica in 2017. Most visits are trouble-free.
There are high levels of crime and violence, particularly in the capital Kingston. See Crime
There are currently States of Emergency (SOEs) and Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs) in place in a number of areas. These measures allow the military to support the police in joint security operations in response to recent violence and shooting incidents. See Security operations
The hurricane season in Jamaica normally runs from June to November. See Natural disasters
Public order incidents and demonstrations can occur across Jamaica, and may cause significant disruption to traffic and public transportation. You should avoid all demonstrations; they have the potential to turn violent and are often used by criminals as cover for robbery and theft. See Demonstrations
UK health authorities have classified Jamaica as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For more information and advice, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.
Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Jamaica, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism
You can contact the emergency services by calling 119 for police, ambulance and fire.
If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.
The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.