Summary

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

As part of security enhancement measures, the Government of Jamaica is taking in areas of concern and has issued States of Emergency in the following areas:

  • The Parish of St James, including Montego Bay, which has been extended until 31 October 2018
  • St Catherine North State (focused on Spanish Town, Linstead and Bog Walk), which has been extended until 2 October 2018
  • Specified boundaries in parts of Kingston Central, Kingston Western and St Andrew South Police Divisions, as of 23 September 2018.

The Jamaican government has also extended Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs) in certain neighbourhoods in Kingston (Denham town and other areas in West Kingston).

These measures allow the military to support the police in joint security operations in response to recent violence and shooting incidents.

Security operations are ongoing and further activity could occur with little or no notice. You should exercise caution if you’re in the area, particularly if travelling at night, and follow the advice of the local authorities, including any restrictions. These may also result in road closures or travel delays, and the operating hours of some businesses may be subject to change.

The hurricane season in Jamaica normally runs from June to November. You should monitor local and international weather updates from the US National Hurricane Centre and follow the advice of local authorities. 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 Safety and security

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.