New Warning About Montego Bay – Sri Lanka State of Emergency Lifted

Relaxation of the state of emergency covering Jamaica's Montego Bay that was introduced two months ago has been extended until May 2, according to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, (FCO)

An additional, two-week state of emergency has been declared in St Catherine North State, which covers Spanish Town, Linstead and Bog Walk, in Jamaica and will last until April 1, the Foreign Office has advised.

The Jamaican authorities issued the original state of emergency in mid-January covering the St James Parish, which includes the popular tourist area of Montego Bay.

“Security operations are ongoing andfurther activity could occur with little or no notice. You should
exercise caution if you’re in the area, particularly if travelling at night, and follow the advice of the local authorities, including any restrictions,” says the FCO.

Meanwhile, the Sri Lankan government has lifted the state of emergency imposed after recent violent clashes.

The Foreign Office has updated its advice to British tourists to say the state of emergency was lifted on Saturday, but still advises travellers to ‘exercise caution, avoid protests and rallies, and follow the advice of the local authorities’.

The state of emergency in the city of Kandy was imposed two weeks ago, but a few days afterwards tourists were told it was safe to return to the city after a curfew following an outbreak of violence, was lifted.