The Canadian government is warning its citizens to exercise a degree of caution when travelling in Jamaica due to high levels of violent crimes.
In a Travel Advisory update on Wednesday, the Canadian Government noted that due to a significant increase in violent crime since the beginning of the year, the Jamaican government has declared a state of emergency for western parishes until October 28 and in St. Andrew South until October 5.
The advisory added that Canadian tourists in Jamaica are being warned to be wary of “friendly” strangers and refrain from excessive drinking, especially at all-inclusive resorts.
Global Affairs Canada noted that there have been reports of alleged sexual assaults at tourist resorts carried out by resort staff and, in some cases, by other tourists.
It says women travelling alone are often harassed.