Travel alert issued for Jamaica, but tourist board insists Beryl had ‘minimal impact’ on tourist areas

By Linsey McNeill
Home » Travel alert issued for Jamaica, but tourist board insists Beryl had ‘minimal impact’ on tourist areas

Jamaica’s tourist board has issued a statement insisting ‘the majority of the island’ saw minimal impact from Hurricane Beryl, despite a fresh alert from the Foreign Office warning of island-wide disruption.

In an update to its travel advice issued on Monday, the Foreign Office said power, communications and water supplies are still disrupted, five days after the hurricane hit Jamaica.

It said these are ‘unlikely to be fully restored for some time’, adding: “The Ministry of Health and Wellness have warned of the risks of water contamination after heavy rainfall.”

It said that most larger hotels with generator power have remained open and fully functional, but added: “Many parts of Jamaica still have no or intermittent access to power, water and mobile phone connectivity. 

“Check the situation with your accommodation provider before travel.”

The Jamaica Tourist Board is also advising visitors to contact their travel agent, accommodation and airline for updates before travelling.

However, it insisted that the ‘majority of the island‘, including the capital city Kingston and much of the north coast tourism areas including Montego Bay, Runaway Bay, Trelawny, and Ocho Rios, saw minimal impact. 

“Negril, on the western end of the island, experienced mostly fallen trees, which have largely been cleared,“ it added. 

The island’s three major airports and cruise ports re-opened last week and are operating normally.

“Electricity, water supplies, road access, and telecommunications are largely restored across the island, and Jamaica is working diligently to ensure 100% availability as soon as possible,” added the tourist board.

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Sandals said its resorts are ‘fully operational’. The Sandals Foundation has launched a ‘Disaster Relief’ initiative with 100% of all donations going directly to its Caribbean Emergency Response Efforts.

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