Canadians Urged To Exercise "High Degree Of Caution" In Jamaica's Montego Bay Are Amid Military Lockdown

Posted on Friday, January 19, 2018 10:40 AM

Canadian travellers in and around the popular Jamaican tourist destination of Montego Bay are being urged to exercise a high degree of caution after the local government declared a state of emergency.

Military forces have been deployed to St. James Parish in an attempt to stabilize the area after a significant increase in violent crime, according to a news advisory from Travel Canada.

In a statement, Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness said the level of criminal activity is so extensive, it's endangering public safety.

Security forces now have the power to search, and detain people without a warrant.

Travel Canada is recommending Canadian tourists to listen to local authorities, and stay within their resort security perimeter.

Any Canadian in Jamaica needing assistance can call the Consulate in Montego Bay, or the High Commission in Kingston.