State of Emergency Declared in Various Parts of Jamaica

Subject: Security Alert: States of Emergency Declared in Various Parts of Jamaica (17 November, 2022)
Location: Parishes throughout Jamaica

Event: The Government of Jamaica (GoJ) announced on Tuesday, November 15 that it has declared States of Emergency (SOE) zones in several parishes across the island: Westmoreland, St. James, Hanover, Clarendon, St. Catherine, and sections of Kingston and St. Andrew.

The GOJ has implemented SOEs in the past as a means to reduce crime rates in particular areas.  SOEs generally include checkpoints, increased police and/or military presence in the designated areas, and overall increased law enforcement activities.  Some SOE zones are already off limits to U.S. Government personnel, while some portions of the newly established SOEs are not.

The following areas are off limits to U.S. Government personnel:

  • In Kingston:
      • 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, Olympic Gardens, Cockburn Gardens, Mountain View Gardens, and Arnett Gardens.
      • U.S. Government personnel who must travel to Norman Manley International Airport are permitted to travel through the downtown restricted area but must use either Mountain View Avenue or South Camp Road to do so.
  • In Saint Andrew:
      • Grants Pen
      • Standpipe
      • Duhaney Park
      • Swallowfield
      • Elleston Flats
      • August Town
      • Cassava Piece
  • In Saint Catherine:
      • Spanish Town
      • Central Village
      • Certain areas within Portmore to include Old Braeton, Naggo Head, Newland, Waterford, and Grange Lane
  • In Saint Ann:
      • Steer Town
  • In Clarendon:
      • All of Clarendon Parish is off limits to U.S. government personnel, except when passing through the parish using the T1 and A2 highways.
  • In Saint James:
      • The neighborhoods of northern Montego Bay encompassing Flankers, Norwood, Glendevon, Paradise Heights, and parts of Mount Salem.
      • Johns Hall
      • Springmount
      • Cambridge
  • In Hanover:
      • Logwood
      • Orange Bay
  • In Westmoreland:
      • The Southeastern quadrant of Savannah la Mar east of Darling Street and south of the A2 highway/Barracks Road
      • The Whitehall neighborhood in Negril

Actions to take:

  • Avoid the areas above
  • Always travel with an ID
  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Use caution when walking or driving at night
  • Do not physically resist any robbery attempt
  • Comply with security personnel if stopped
  • Stay alert in locations frequented by tourists
  • Have a valid reason to travel across or around any SOE area 


U.S. Embassy Kingston, Jamaica
142 Old Hope Rd. Kingston 6, Jamaica

U.S. Consular Agency Montego Bay
Whitter Village, Ironshore
Unit EU-1 (across from Burger King)
Montego Bay, St. James, Jamaica

U.S. Consular Agency Cayman Islands
150 Smith Road
Smith Road Center, Unit 202B
George Town, KY1-1010
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

State Department – Consular Affairs
+1-888-407-4747 or +1-202-501-4444
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