Those looking for a warm weather holiday in Jamaica are being urged by the Canadian government to “exercise a high degree of caution” in the wake of a military lockdown in an area of the country that includes the popular tourist destination Montego Bay.
The government is telling anyone staying at a resort in the affected area to “restrict your movements” to the property.
Those who venture beyond should use transportation arranged by the resort and only use organized tour operators for excursions and travel.
Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness has said escalating criminal activity was endangering public safety, necessitating a state of public emergency and the deployment of military forces.
A married couple from Winnipeg was found dead earlier this month while visiting Jamaica.
Sunwing was quick to reassure customers that its flights, cruise and vacation packages were operating as scheduled.
The travel company also said in a statement that it’s waiving its usual fee to allow customers to change their reservation to an all-inclusive resort if they are currently booked in a non-inclusive resort or hotel in St. James Parish.
Sunwing says it sends approximately 5,000 visitors through Montego Bay airport each week, and more than 95 per cent of vacationers choose all-inclusive resorts.