US defends latest travel advisory for Jamaica – Jamaica Gleaner

Washington has defended its latest travel advisory for Jamaica, saying the safety of its citizens is its first priority and it is obligated to provide information to them.
The US Embassy in Kingston, in a post on its social media pages, said the advisory, which was updated on January 23, was “not timed with any other issue”.
Since the update to the advisory, Minister of Foreign Affairs Kamina Johnson Smith has held talks with US officials amid what she described as Jamaica’s concerns over the scope and extent of the advisory by Washington to Americans who intend to visit the island.
This week, Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Audrey Marks, also called for the Consular Affairs Bureau of the US State Department to rescind or modify its travel advisory for the country.
She said Jamaica does not experience other crimes found in jurisdictions designated as Level 3.
However, the Embassy noted that “the level of our travel advisory did not change with the update and has remained at Level 3, the same level it has been since March 2022.”
It also said the release contained an analytical update on medical services in Jamaica.
“The update incorporated analysis of accidents, illnesses, and deaths of US citizens based on a review of health services and the medical care received when US citizens are hospitalised,” it said.
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