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Reviewed: 31 October 2013, 14:15 NZDT
Still current at: 07 December 2013
There is some risk to your security in Jamaica due to high levels of violent crime. We advise caution.
Violent crime including kidnapping and murder is prevalent in Jamaica. We advise New Zealanders to maintain security vigilance, particularly in neighbourhoods such as Whitfield Town, Payne Land, West Kingston, Grant’s Pen, Tivoli and Olympic Gardens in Kingston, Trench Town and Arnett Gardens in Kingston, August Town, Harbour View, Denham Town, Hannah Town, Mountain View, Spanish Town and certain parts of Montego Bay (non-resort areas), and Central Village.
Most hotels and resorts are well guarded and gated communities are considered the safest accommodation in the Kingston area. New Zealanders should maintain a high level of security awareness, even when staying with family or friends.
New Zealanders should be aware that most attacks against tourists are financially motivated. Therefore it is advisable to avoid wearing or displaying items that appear valuable, such as cameras and jewellery and mobile phones.
Avoid walking alone or in isolated areas, including on beaches, and do not take buses at night. Only use Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) approved taxis. These taxis can be identified by their red license plates. It is advisable to avoid self-driving, especially at night.
There have been outbreaks of violence in the Mountain View area en-route from Kingston International Airport to the city. Drivers have been shot in the cross-fire. If you are travelling between Kingston International Airport and the city we recommend you use the Humming Bird route, via South Camp Road.
New Zealanders should avoid large crowds and public demonstrations as these have the potential to lead to politically-motivated violence and opportunistic crime.
New Zealanders travelling or living in Jamaica should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.
New Zealanders travelling or resident in Jamaica are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Contact details are
Street Address 99 Bank St, Suite 727, Ottawa, Canada, K1P 6G3
Telephone +1 613 238 5991 Facsimile +1 613 238 5707
Website New Zealand High Commission Ottawa [external link]
Office Hours: 8.30am-4.30pm Monday-Friday