If you are planning a trip to Jamaica, the Canadian government is advising travellers to use a “high degree of caution” in the popular tourist getaway.
The Canadian government issued a travel advisory due to recent violent crimes in the Caribbean island nation, including a military lockdown in St. James Parish.
The advisory also includes Montego Bay.
The government advises anyone staying at a resort to stay on the property.
If you plan to leave, have the resort arrange for transportation and only use organized tour operators when setting out in the affected area.
Earlier this month, a married couple from Winnipeg was found dead on a trip to Jamaica.
A state of public emergency and military forces to the volatile region were brought on after Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness said criminal activity was threatening public safety.
The next level of government risk above “exercise a high degree of caution” calls for avoiding all non-essential travel.
With files from the Canadian Press.