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Travel Advice to Jamaica Following Unrest in West Kingston

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Following the unrest in West Kingston in the Tivoli Gardens district, the UK Foreign Office,  US & Canada State Departments change in advice to their citizens is only to stay away from this part of Kingston.  We have published below in full US State department announcement.

The Department of State informs U.S. citizens traveling to and residing in Jamaica of ongoing violence, demonstrations and unrest in Kingston.  Although these incidents appear to be limited at this time to West Kingston, the potential for violence and unrest to spread to other areas of Kingston and other cities in Jamaica remains very possible.  The Government of Jamaica has imposed a State of Emergency in Kingston and St. Andrew as of 6:00 p.m. local time on May 23, 2010.

Violence has occurred in the areas around several police stations in the West Kingston area.  Roadblocks and other barricades have also been reported throughout the West Kingston area.

Because of the growing potential for armed confrontations between police and Jamaican security forces and criminal gangs and other criminal elements in West Kingston, U.S. citizens should avoid traveling to and lodging in the West Kingston area.  U.S. citizens are advised to also avoid Mountain View Road and well as the Grant’s Pen area. U.S. citizens may call 876-702-6411 in Kingston to hear recorded up-to-date information on the current security situation in Kingston.

The U.S. Embassy continues to monitor this situation and is taking additional security precautions.

U.S. citizens living and residing in Jamaica or the Cayman Islands are advised to register their presence in
the country through the U.S. Department of State’s automated online registration system, https://travelregistration.state.gov .  U.S. citizens may also register by visiting the Consular Section at the
U.S. Embassy or our consular agencies in Montego Bay and Georgetown, Cayman Islands, during business hours. Emergencies involving American citizens can be reported by contacting  the American Citizens Services (ACS) Unit of the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section, located at 142 Old Hope Road in the Liguanea area of Kingston, telephone (876) 702-6450; after hours emergency telephone (876) 702-6000;  Consular Section fax (876) 702-6018; and e- mail at KingstonACS@state.gov.  The U.S. Consular Agency in Montego Bay has moved and is now located at Whitter Village, Ironshore, telephone (876) 953-0620.  The U.S. Consular Agency in the Cayman Islands is located at 118 Dorcy Drive, Suite B-1, Georgetown, Grand Cayman, telephone (345) 945-8173.

Americans traveling abroad should regularly monitor the U.S. Embassy’s website at http://kingston.usembassy.gov  and the U.S. Department of State’s travel website at www.travel.state.gov, where the current Worldwide Caution Messages, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts can be found.  The U.S. Embassy also encourages U.S. citizens to review “A Safe Trip Abroad,” found at http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/safety/safety_1747.html, which includes valuable security information for living and/or traveling abroad.  In addition to information on the Internet, travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888- 407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. and Canada, or outside the U.S. and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.

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