Taking care of Personal Security

Warden Message

The U.S. Embassy in Kingston reminds U.S. citizens visiting and residing in Jamaica of the need for caution and awareness of personal security on the island. According to statistics prepared by Jamaican law enforcement authorities, crime levels have increased across the country in the early months of 2015, with homicides up 18% and robberies up 10% over the previous year’s rates.

The U.S. Embassy has advised members of its community to review personal security plans; to remain aware of local events that may attract unpredictable crowds; and to monitor local media for news that might be relevant to safety issues.  American citizens are encouraged similarly to maintain high vigilance levels, take appropriate steps to enhance personal security and follow instructions of local authorities.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Jamaica enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

For the latest security information, U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department of State’s Internet website at travel.state.gov where the Worldwide Caution, Country Specific Information, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts can be found. For the State Department’s most specific information on conditions in Jamaica, visit the website,http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country/jamaica.html.

Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well. Download our free Smart Traveler app, available through iTunes or Google Play, to have travel information at your fingertips.

Emergencies involving U.S. citizens can be reported by contacting the American Citizen Services (ACS) Unit of the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section, located at 142 Old Hope Road in the Liguanea area of Kingston, telephone (876) 702-6450, after hours emergency line at (876) 702-6000, and e-mail at KingstonACS@state.gov. The U.S. Consular Agency in Montego Bay is located at Whitter Village, Ironshore, telephone(876) 953-0620.