Canadians warned about visiting Jamaica
The Canadian government has upgraded its travel advisory to its citizens who want to visit Jamaica, encouraging their foreign nationals not to venture into sections of the Corporate Area and Western Jamaica.
Our news team understands that Canadians have been warned to exercise a high degree of caution when travelling to Jamaica because of its high levels of crime.
Canada has warned its citizens against visiting Tivoli Gardens, Grant’s Pen and August Town in the Corporate Area, and St Clavers Avenue, Hart Street, Flanker, Canterbury, Norwood and Rose Heights in Montego Bay.
The advisory issued by the Canadian government warns travellers that violent crime is a problem in large cities in Jamaica, particularly Kingston, Spanish Town and Montego Bay.
THE STAR gathered that Canada has also increased it warnings for The Bahamas, Guyana, the Dominican Republic and Suriname.
Accordingly, the advisory says that despite the presence of police in major urban areas in some countries, including Jamaica, drug and gang-related violence, including shootings, continue to be a significant problem, and says visitors are at risk of becoming the victim of crossfire shooting.
The Canadian government, however, notes that reports of violence perpetrated against tourists are actually very low in Jamaica. It has urged its citizens to maintain a high level of personal security at all times.
Meanwhile, Jamaica came under the microscope of the Canadian government as a result of the June 10 murder of 35-year-old real estate broker Andre Palakia from Ontario, Canada.
Palakia was reportedly shot and killed by men travelling on motorcycles in the popular West End area of Negril.
He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The Police High Command is offering a reward of $2 million to anyone with information leading to the arrest of the killers.