The United States warns travelers of high crime rates in two popular cruise destinations, urges “extreme caution”

WASHINGTON — The U.S. State Department is warning travelers to be aware that two tropical locations — popular stops with cruise lines — also have high crime problems.

In its warnings for the Bahamas and Jamaica, the State Department warned travelers of high crime rates in the two countries. Each of the countries are popular destinations for cruise lines.

Jamaica's advisory, which was issued at a higher warning level, warns that access to medical care may be intermittent.

The newest advisory, a Level 2 advisory urging travelers to be extremely cautious, is a result of crime issues in both tourist and non-tourist areas of the Bahamas.

“Violent crimes, such as burglaries, armed robberies and sexual assaults, occur in both tourist and non-tourist areas. Be vigilant when staying at short-term vacation rental properties where private security companies do not have a presence.” Advisory countries.

Among her warnings to travelers are not to open the door of your hotel/accommodation unless you know who it is and not to physically resist any robbery attempts.

The Foreign Office issued the advisory on Friday 26 January.

Level 3 Advisory for Jamaicaissued on January 23, urges travelers to reconsider their plans and notes that US government employees are prohibited from traveling to many areas due to increased risks.

“Violent crimes, such as home invasions, armed robberies, sexual assaults and homicides, are common. Sexual assaults occur frequently, including at all-inclusive resorts.

“Local police often do not respond effectively to serious criminal incidents,” the warning said. “When arrests are made, cases are rarely tried to a final verdict.”

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Travelers are urged to avoid walking or driving at night, avoid public buses, avoid isolated places or situations and keep out of sight. They must not physically resist any attempted robbery.

Medical care can be problematic, the State Department said, because public hospitals are under-resourced and cannot always provide high-level or specialized care. Private hospitals often require payment in advance.

More information is available Through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which issues travel advice for every country in the world.

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