Unrest in Kingston prompts US travel alert for Jamaica


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States on Friday issued a travel alert for Jamaica on developing security concerns in the Kingston area.

The Department of State said “possibility exists for violence and/or civil unrest in the greater Kingston metropolitan area. There are unconfirmed reports of criminal gang members amassing in the Kingston area, as well as mobilization of Jamaican defense forces.”

“If the situation ignites, there is a possibility of severe disruptions of movement within Kingston, including blocking of access roads to the Norman Manley International Airport. The possibility exists that unrest could spread beyond the general Kingston area. U.S. Embassy Kingston is taking extra security precautions,” the Department of State added.

U.S. citizens in Jamaica advised to monitor local news reports and consider the level of security present when venturing outside their residences or hotels.