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Foreign travel advice

Jamaica

Summary

Cases of Zika virus have been reported in 2016. You should follow the advice of the National Travel Health Network and Centre, particularly if you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Seek advice from a health professional if you have any further questions or concerns.

On 31 January 2016, the Prime Minister announced the country would hold a general election on 25 February. Political parties will be campaigning during this period with rallies taking place across the island. You should be vigilant and avoid large crowds and demonstrations. Road closures may occur at short notice; plan any journeys in advance and monitor local media for updates.

The hurricane season in Jamaica normally runs from June to November. See Natural Disasters

Around 177,000 British nationals visited Jamaica in 2014. Most visits are trouble-free.

There are high levels of crime and violence, particularly in the capital Kingston. See Crime

Cases of Chikungunya virus have been confirmed in Jamaica. You should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. For more details about this outbreak, see the website of the National Health Network and Centre.

There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

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.

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