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Security Alert: Kingston (Jamaica), Extension of States of Public Emergency

Security Alert - U.S. Embassy Kingston, Jamaica (November 7, 2019)


Location:  Parishes throughout Jamaica


Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Kingston advises U.S. citizens that the Government of Jamaica has extended States of Public Emergency (SOE) covering several parishes, based on criminal activity and threats to public safety and the rule of law.  The SOE, declared under the 1966 Emergency Powers Act, gives expanded authorities to Jamaican security forces to arbitrarily detain and deport suspicious persons, enter premises, and seize property without warrant.  Expect to encounter increased police and military presence, checkpoints, and searches of persons and vehicles within the parishes listed below.


State of Emergency Location - Current Expiration

St. Andrew South Police Division - January 4, 2020

St. James Parish - January 27, 2020

Hanover Parish - January 27, 2020

Westmoreland Parish - January 27, 2020

St. Catherine Parish - January 18, 2020

Clarendon Parish - January 18, 2020


Zones of Special Operation Location - Current Expiration

Denham Town, Kingston - January 18, 2020

Mount Salem, St. James - January 7, 2020


Actions to Take:


·         Monitor local media for updates.

·         Be aware of your surroundings.

·         Cooperate with any police or military personnel you may encounter.

·         Do not resist a police or military inspection of your vehicle and personal       belongings.

·         Allow additional time for transit on the roads in the areas noted above.



·         U.S. Embassy Kingston, Jamaica

·         U.S. Consular Agency Montego Bay

·         U.S. Consular Agency Cayman Islands

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

·         Jamaica Country Information

·         Cayman Island Country Information

·         Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates

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