There are reports of private buses, acting as public transport, driving erratically leading to injury and death for both riders and pedestrians. Quality medical care is limited in Jamaica and neither public nor private facilities offer the health standards maintained in the United States. Tourist police are on duty in some resort towns and can be identified by their white hats, white shirts, and black trousers. Counseling is unlikely to be offered to victims. Further information may be found on the. × External Link You are about to leave travel. See our page and section 6 of our for further details.
Recent legislation has made its possession a civil offense rather than a criminal one. Public Health Facilities: Public health facilities do not meet United States standards. Many Jamaicans see homosexuality as contrary to their religious beliefs. General notes for victims of crime: U. Drugs: Marijuana use is widespread in Jamaica.
If you wish to remain on travel. Furthermore, some crimes are also prosecutable in the U. Exit Information: Your departure tax is regularly included in the airfare. Criminal Penalties: You are subject to Jamaican laws while you are here. However, we strongly recommend visitors obtain a passport before travel in case of an unforeseen emergency that requires a cruise passenger to disembark and return by air. Local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents. Violence and shootings occur regularly in certain areas of Kingston and Montego Bay.
If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Prison conditions in Jamaica differ greatly from prison conditions in the United States. You may not bring a pet into Jamaica from the United States, regardless of its inoculation history. Try to always be accompanied by someone you know, even on visits to the rest room. Travelers: As noted elsewhere, sexual assaults occur in Jamaica. General information on hurricane preparedness is available via the Internet from the. Financial Scams: Serious financial scams originate in Jamaica, often targeting U.
Dual nationality, international child abduction issues: See links on our website , and. For examples, see our website on and the website. Montego Bay Violence and shootings occur regularly in some areas of Montego Bay. Embassy, and, as appropriate, local police. Do not leave resort property with someone you have just met.
Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Jamaican law may require the victim to return to Jamaica at some stages of the judicial process. Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all recommended by the U. Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday except U. . Some areas have increased risk.
Even a single bullet inadvertently loose in a carry-on bag will lead to arrest. Rape kits sometimes are not available. The person on the telephone is lying. For information on suggested immunizations for Jamaica, please refer to the. Customs Information: See link on our website,. There is a lack of pedestrian crosswalks. The Regional Security Office of the U.
The government of Jamaica should finance such witness travel, but often such support is slow or unavailable. Read the Safety and Security section on the. Embassy in Kingston, Jamaica: + 876 702-6000 Fax: + 876 953-3898 Public Hours are M-F, from 9:00 a. For information about outbreaks of infectious diseases abroad, consult the , which contains additional health information for travelers, including. You may wish to consult websites and blogs that focus on accessible travel for practical information and first-hand accounts of traveling in Jamaica.
Department of State of the views or products contained therein. Motorists entering a roundabout must yield to those already in it. See our for further information. Epi-Pens are not sold anywhere on the island. Read the entire Travel Advisory.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Road Conditions and Safety: Cars are driven on the left side of the road in Jamaica. Hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30 each year. Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U. When in doubt, contact your local police department for advice and assistance. Violent crime, such as home invasions, armed robberies, and homicide, is common.