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Reviewed: 06 December 2010, 14:15 NZDT
Still current at: 21 May 2013
There is some risk to your security in Jamaica due to high levels of violent crime and we advise caution.
The state of emergency for some areas of Kingston declared in May 2010 has been lifted. However, there may be an increased security presence for sometime.
Violent crime including kidnapping and murder is an issue 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. Avoid walking, including on beaches, or taking buses at night.
There have been outbreaks of violence in the Mountain View area en-route from Kingston International Airport and drivers have been shot in the cross-fire. It is advisable to avoid self-driving, especially at night. New Zealanders are advised to take an official ‘JUTA’ taxi or one recommended by your hotel or official airport taxi dispatcher.
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 avoid large crowds and public demonstrations as these have the potential to lead to politically-motivated violence and opportunistic crime.
New Zealanders travelling or resident in Jamaica should have comprehensive medical and travel insurance policies in place that include 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