#StJamesSOE: UK, Canada issue travel advisory

Friday, January 19, 2018

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ST JAMES, Jamaica — The United Kingdom and Canada have warned their citizens who are in Jamaica to limit movements outside of resorts in St James at this time following yesterday's declaration of a state of public emergency in the parish.

In an advisory posted on the Government of Canada's website citizens are urged to exercise a high degree of caution, and as with the UK's warning, are urged to exercise particular care if travelling at night and to travel to and from the airport.

The UK advisory added that for excursions tourists should be undertaken with organised tour operators, and transport should be arranged or provided by the resort hotel while the Canadian government warned its citizens to only use taxis that have red-and-white “PP” licence plates and a lime-green JUTA sticker.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday declared a state of public emergency for the parish of St James.

Some 335 murders were recorded last year and at least four people murdered in that western parish since the start of the year.

The government's move was met with mixed reactions, as, while many people welcomed the announcement, others questioned the timing and suggested that it was a knee-jerk reaction to the level-two travel advisory that the United States issued last week for the island — particularly sections of St Catherine, Kingston and St James.

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