What are the 4 levels of travel advisory? What to know on Jamaica, Bahamas, Mexico trips – IndyStar

U.S. citizens looking to travel to other countries might be surprised by how many countries should be avoided, according to the U.S. State Department.
Recent travel advisory updates for Jamaica, the Bahamas and Mexico may hinder vacation plans.
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Here’s what you need to know about U.S. State Department travel advisories:
Here are the four levels of travel advisory, according to the U.S. State Department:
The Jamaica travel advisory was updated Jan. 30 to Level 3 for crime and medical services, according to the State Department.
Local police often do not respond effectively to serious criminal incidents and violent crimes are common, according to the State Department. Such possibilities include armed robberies, home invasions, homicides and sexual assaults. Sexual assaults occur frequently, including at all-inclusive resorts.
The State Department does not pay medical bills and strongly encourages obtaining traveler’s insurance, including medical evacuation insurance, before traveling to Jamaica. 
The website states U.S. Medicare/Medicaid does not apply overseas and U.S. health insurance is not accpeted by most doctors and hospitals. U.S. citizens encountering medical emergencies could potentially see bills in the tens of thousands of dollars, with air ambulance service to the United States in the range of $30,000 to $50,000.  
According to the State Department, consider these things when traveling to Jamaica:
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The Bahamas travel advisory was updated Jan. 30 to Level 2 to exercise increased caution due to crime and water safety, according to the State Department.
Most crime occurs on New Providence (Nassau) and Grand Bahama (Freeport) islands, according to the State Department. Violent crime occurs in tourist and non-tourist areas, including armed robberies, burglaries and sexual assaults.
Travelers should use extreme caution south of Shirley Street in the “Over the Hill” area, as gang violence has resulted in a strong homicide rate.
Acitvities using recreational watercrafts maTour are often not regulated consistently. Watercraft operators may not be safety certified and some watercrafts may be poorly maintained.
Due to such safety concerns, U.S. government personnel are not allowed to use independently operated jet-ski rentals on New Providence and Paradise Islands.   
According to the State Department, consider these things when traveling to the Bahamas:
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Violent crime is widespread and common in Mexico, according to the State Department. Crimes such as carjacking, homicide, kidnapping and robbery are prevalent.
The Quintana Roo state − where Cancun is located − is under a Level 2 travel advisory, warning travelers to exercise increased caution due to crime.
According to the State Department, criminal activity and violence may occur at any time in any location, including in popular tourist spots. Maintain a high level of situational awareness, avoid areas where illicit activities occur and promptly depart from potentially dangerous situations. 
According to the State Department, consider these things when traveling to Mexcio:
If you decide to travel to Mexico:
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The State Department recommends three websites for information on travel safety tips:
Chris Sims is a digital producer for Gannett. Follow him on Twitter: @ChrisFSims.

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