Location: Parishes of Westmoreland, Hanover, and St. James
Event: The U.S. Embassy in Kingston advises U.S. citizens that, effective April 30, the Government of Jamaica has declared a State of Public Emergency covering the parishes of Westmoreland, Hanover, and St. James, based on escalating criminal activity and threats to public safety and the rule of law. The State of Public Emergency, declared under the 1966 Emergency Powers Act, allows Jamaican security forces within the borders of the Westmoreland, Hanover, and St. James Parishes to arbitrarily detain and deport suspicious persons, enter premises, and seize property without warrant. Expect to encounter increased police and military presence, checkpoints, and searches of persons and vehicles within the borders of the Westmoreland, Hanover, and St. James Parishes.
The State of Public Emergency covers the entire area comprising the parishes of Westmoreland, Hanover, and St. James. This includes the cities of Negril and Montego Bay.
Actions to Take:
Monitor local media for updates.
Be aware of your surroundings.
Cooperate with any police or military personnel you may encounter.
Do not resist a police or military inspection of your vehicle and personal belongings.
Allow additional time for transit on the roads in the areas noted above.
Source: Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC)