Last Monday, the State Department reclassified Colombia and Jamaica to “Level 3,” advising Americans to “reconsider travel” to those nations. On a scale of one (which says tourists should take ordinary measures) to four (which advises Americans not to travel there), the State Department evaluates the security and health conditions in each country on a regular basis.
In Jamaica, the department stated that “sexual assaults occur frequently, including at all-inclusive resorts,” and that “violent crimes, such as home invasions, armed robberies, sexual assaults, and homicides, are common.” The Department continued, “Local police frequently do not respond to serious criminal incidents effectively.”
On the island, a do not travel alert was issued for a number of locations, including Kingston.
Last Monday, the State Department downgraded Colombia and Jamaica to “Level 3,” advising Americans to “reconsider travel” to those nations. On a scale from one (which suggests travelers should take ordinary measures) to four (wh), the State Department regularly evaluates the security and health situations in each nation and modifies the categorization accordingly.
The State Department advised travelers to Colombia to “exercise increased caution due to civil unrest and kidnapping” and to “reconsider their trip due to crime and terrorism.” The department also cautioned that terrorist groups may target airports, shopping centers, hotels, restaurants, and other public places in their attacks.
“Violent crime, such as homicide, assault, and armed robbery, is widespread,” the State Department stated in its latest warning. “In some areas, organized criminal activities like extortion, robbery, and kidnapping are common.”
The Department advised travelers to avoid protests and crowded areas while in Colombia and to maintain a low profile.
Visitors who do go to these nations can sign up for the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to get alerts “and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.”