The U.S. State Department issued a new travel advisory for Jamaica. Are any Caribbean islands safe?



The U.S. State Department recently issued a travel advisory urging travelers to reconsider plans to go to Jamaica due to surges in crime and lacking medical services.

But travelers booking their spring and summer vacations still have plenty of options if they’re considering a trip to the Caribbean islands.

Here’s a list of Caribbean islands that fall under the lowest advisory level for safety and security risk.

What are the Caribbean islands with the least risk for safety and security?

According to the U.S. State Department, these are some Caribbean islands under the government’s lowest advisory ranking:

Is it safe to travel to the Bahamas?

The U.S. State Department issued a Level 2 travel advisory for the Bahamas on Jan. 26 due to crime and water safety.

Most crime occurs on New Providence (Nassau) and Grand Bahama (Freeport) islands. Violent crime, such as burglaries, armed robberies and sexual assaults happen in tourist and non-tourist areas.

Activities involving watercraft are also not consistently regulated, and watercraft may be poorly maintained, according to the advisory.

Planning on traveling abroad? Here are some safety tips:

The State Department advises citizens to sign up for their Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive alerts and to make it easier to locate you in an emergency. Review the Country Security Report for the country you’re planning to visit.

The State Department also recommends preparing a contingency plan for any emergency situations. Review their Traveler’s Checklist.

You can also visit the CDC page for the latest travel health information related to your destination.

How to learn more about your travel destination:

If you’re travel destination isn’t listed, you can view what the State Department recommends at

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