Americans to reconsider travelling to South America this summer season

 Thursday, May 18, 2023 


Americans looking to visit the Caribbean or South America this summer after countries across both regions experienced an uptick in crime have issued several travel warnings to the U.S. State Department.

The department has said to have issued five updated travel advisories in the past three weeks for Haiti, Colombia, Jamaica, Chile, and Peru, with Haiti receiving the highest level advisory as ‘Do Not Travel’.

The warning advises that Haiti has experienced ‘widespread’ kidnapping of U.S citizens as victims.
The Americans have been harmed during these incidents as the department warned. On the contrary, the country has also had a rash of robberies as well as ‘mob killings’ against presumed criminals.

Jamaica considered sending police and soldiers to Haiti to help the country deal with ongoing gang violence. An appeal for foreign troop assistance was made for which the U.S. and Canada had turned down the request.

The State Department cautioned that Jamaica has for several years reported a homicide rate that ranks ‘among the highest in the Western Hemisphere’.

The American government on the other hand has prohibited people from traveling to several areas in the country and from traveling on buses or driving outside certain areas of Kingston at night.

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