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State of emergency in St James triggers travel advisories

Published:Friday | January 19, 2018 | 4:36 PM

The state of emergency in St James has triggered travel advisories from the United Kingdom (UK) and Canada.

The UK Foreign office has told British tourists to stay in their hotels, warning of intensive law enforcement activities in response to recent violence including shooting incidents.

The statement says tourists should stay in their resorts and limit travel beyond their respective security perimeters.

It says travel to and from the airport or for excursions should be undertaken with organised tour operators, and transport should be arranged or provided by the resorts.

Meanwhile, the Canadian government is warning travellers to exercise a high degree of caution.

The United States Department of State already has an advisory in place for Jamaica.

The level two advisory says citizens should exercise increased caution in Jamaica due to crime and not to travel to Spanish Town and some areas of Kingston and Montego Bay.