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Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Kingston, Jamaica – Update to Prohibited Travel Areas
October 13, 2021

Location:  Parishes throughout Jamaica

Event:  Due to the sharp increase in shootings and gun related violence over the past two weeks in the August Town community of Kingston, U.S. government personnel are prohibited from travelling to August Town with immediate effect and until further notice.  The U.S. Embassy in Kingston advises U.S. citizens that U.S. government personnel are prohibited from traveling to areas listed below, from using public buses, and from driving outside of proscribed areas of Kingston at night.


Do not travel to the following areas:

  • Cassava Piece
  • August Town
  • Downtown Kingston, defined as between Mountain View Avenue and Hagley Park Road, and south of Half Way Tree and Old Hope Roads.  Downtown Kingston includes Trench Town, Tivoli Gardens, and Arnett Gardens.
  • Grants Pen
  • Standpipe
  • Duhaney Park
  • Mountain View Avenue between Deanery Road and Windward Road
  • Neighborhoods including Olympic Gardens, Cockburn Gardens, Seaview Gardens, and Denham Town.
  • The approved primary route to Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) is South Camp Road to Normal Manley Boulevard.  The approved secondary route is Mountain View to Deanery Road to South Camp Road and then Norman Manley Boulevard.

Clarendon Parish

Do not travel to the following areas:

  • All of Clarendon Parish except passing through the Parish using the T1 and A2 highways.

St. Catherine Parish

Do not travel to the following areas:

  • Spanish Town
  • Central Village
  • Areas in Portmoreto include Old Braeton, Naggo Head, Newland, and Waterford

St. James Parish

Do not travel to the following areas:

  • Neighborhoods in Montego Bay to include Flankers, Norwood, Glendevon, Paradise Heights, Rose Heights, Canterbury, and parts of Mount Salem.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid the areas above.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Use caution when walking or driving at night.
  • Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.
  • Stay alert in locations frequented by tourists.
  • Review your personal security plans.