US State Department warns against traveling to Jamaica
The U.S. State Department has issued a travel advisory for Jamaica, warning about crime and limited health care.
While the United States government is urging its residents to reconsider traveling to Jamaica, a popular spring break destination, there are other options for seeking a trip to a tropical Caribbean paradise.
Even The Bahamas falls under a list of countries where the government is asking travelers to exercised increased caution, often due to crime.
These are the Caribbean islands that fall under the government’s “level one” travel advisory, meaning travelers only need to exercise the normal cautions they would take on any trip.
Safest Caribbean islands for your spring break getaway
- Antigua and Barbuda
- British Virgin Islands (Tortola, Anegada, Virgin Gorda and Jost Van Dyke)
- Cayman Islands (Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman)
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- Sint Maarten
- U.S. Virgin Islands (St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas)
How to see if a travel destination is safe
Thinking of somewhere not listed? If you want to see what the U.S. government has to say about a specific travel destination, visit https://travel.state.gov/advisories and type the country or island into the search bar.
What if I still want to travel to Jamaica?
The department also offers the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive alerts and make it easier to be located in an emergency.
Travelers are also encouraged to obtain traveler’s insurance to cover any financial losses due to trip cancellation or medical emergencies. Many U.S. health insurance plans do not provide benefits outside of the country, so travel medical insurance is a good idea when traveling abroad, according to USA Today Blueprint.