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.
PM Holness Announces State of Public Emergency in St. James pic.twitter.com/Cv4oSubGJu
— Andrew Holness (@AndrewHolnessJM) January 18, 2018
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.