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US issues level two travel advisory for Jamaica

Published:Thursday | January 11, 2018 | 10:54 AM

The United States Department of State has issued a level two travel advisory for Jamaica, telling its citizens to exercise increased caution in Jamaica due to crime.

It has advised them not to travel to Spanish Town and some areas of Kingston and Montego Bay.

The areas it says should be avoided in Montego Bay are Flankers, Canterbury, Norwood, Rose Heights, Clavers Street, and Hart Street.

In Kingston it warns against going to downtown Kingston, which is defined as the areas between Mountain View Avenue and Hagley Park Road, and south of Half-Way Tree and Old Hope Roads.

It says it also includes Trench Town, Tivoli Gardens, and Arnett Gardens; Standpipe, Grants Pen, and Cassava Piece. 

The US State Department says violent crimes, such as home invasions, armed robberies, and homicide, is common. 

It also says sexual assaults occur frequently, even at all-inclusive resorts. 

The State Department claims local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents. 

It says US government personnel are prohibited from driving outside of Kingston at night.