US citizens cautioned about travelling to Jamaica

Jamaica has now joined the Bahamas in US cautioning their citizens regarding travel. 

The United States (US) Department of State has issued a travel advisory for its citizens travelling to the Caribbean islands.

The Department of State issued a level-two warning calling for visitors to “exercise increased caution” in Jamaica due to crime while adding that, “violent crime, such as home invasions, armed robberies, and homicide is common.”

The advisory was issued on Friday.

However, a story in the Jamaica Gleaner said government officials are not surprised at the warning. 

“It’s no secret with the violence in the country and Spanish Town has one of the largest gangs in the island,” Dr Horace Chang, minister of national security was quoted as telling the paper.