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Messages for U.S. Citizens
  • July 4th Voting Message

    Celebrate democracy this 4th of July by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2016 U.S. elections! In order to vote in the November 2016 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) in 2016.  

  • IRS Webinar - June 29

    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will host a webinar on “Foreign Earned Income for U.S. Taxpayers” on June 29, 2016, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT. Attendees should log in 10 minutes prior to the start time.  

  • Zika Virus Alert

    The U.S. Embassy Kingston informs U.S. citizens that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a travel notice for Jamaica regarding the Zika virus. There is evidence that Zika is linked to birth defects in the fetuses of infected pregnant women and Guillain-Barré syndrome in infected individuals of any age or gender.  

  • Zika Virus

    The U.S. Embassy in Kingston informs U.S. citizens that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has upgraded its advisories regarding the Zika Virus. Local health authorities have also confirmed the presence of Zika virus in Jamaica.  

  • Voting in 2016 U.S. Elections

    Your vote counts! Did you know that many U.S. elections for House and Senate have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters? All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot receipt deadline. 

  • World Caution

    The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution to provide information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Recent terrorist attacks, whether by those affiliated with terrorist entities, copycats, or individual perpetrators, serve as a reminder that U.S. citizens need to maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness.  

  • Taking care of personal security

    The U.S. Embassy in Kingston reminds U.S. citizens visiting and residing in Jamaica of the need for caution and awareness of personal security on the island. According to statistics prepared by Jamaican law enforcement authorities, crime levels have increased across the country in the early months of 2015, with homicides up 18% and robberies up 10% over the previous year’s rates.  

  • Jamaica’s zero-tolerance policy to firearms and ammmunition

    The U.S. Embassy in Kingston, Jamaica reminds all travelers that both the Government of Jamaica and the Government of the Cayman Islands have zero-tolerance policies towards firearms and ammunition. 

  • Protect yourself from mosquito-borne diseases

    Many of you have heard about the progression of Chikungunya throughout the Caribbean with the most recent transmissions occurring in Central and South American countries as well as some imported cases in the US and other nations.  

Island Gazette - ACS Newsletter

  • U.S. Citizens in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, read the summer edition of the ACS Newsletter.

Archived Messages

  • If you would like to review previous messages from the U.S. Embassy sent from December 2011 to December 2013, you may review our Message Archives.

Are You Registered?

  • STEP The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service provided
    by the U.S. Government to U.S. citizens who are traveling to, or living
    in, a foreign country. STEP allows you to enter information about your
    trips abroad so that the Department of State can better assist you in an
    emergency.