Violence is spiking in The Bahamas, Jamaica, triggering travel warning to U.S. citizens

January 30, 2024

A significant increase in crime in The Bahamas and Jamaica has led the the U.S. State Department to issue travel advisory warnings for the two Caribbean destinations. The killing spree, according to the State Department, is due to an increase in “gang-on-gang violence” that is mostly affecting the local population. Retaliatory gang violence has been the primary motive in 2024 murders,” the State Department said. Besides Jamaica, Turks and Caicos and Trinidad and Tobago are all seeing increases in violent crime. Violent crime, Rowley said, had become a public health issue.