Visiting The Bahamas Comes With Risks
The US Department of State issued a Level 4 Travel Advisory for the Bahamas on August 23, 2021. This State Department Advisory says 'do not travel to The Bahamas due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. CDC says there is a very high level of COVID-19 throughout The Bahamas.
Furthermore, the State Department says to exercise caution in some areas of The Bahamas due to crime.
The vast majority of crime occurs on New Providence (Nassau) and Grand Bahama (Freeport) islands.
In Nassau, exercise caution in the “Over the Hill” area (south of Shirley Street). Violent crimes, such as burglaries, armed robberies, and sexual assault, occur, but generally not in tourist areas.
And activities involving commercial, recreational watercraft, including water tours, are not consistently regulated. Watercraft are often not maintained, and many companies do not have safety certifications to operate in The Bahamas. Jet-ski operators have been known to commit sexual assaults against tourists.
As a result, U.S. government personnel cannot use independently operated jet-ski rentals on New Providence and Paradise Islands.
If you decide to travel to The Bahamas, the State Department says:
- Do not answer your door at your hotel/residence unless you know who it is.
- Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.
- Review the Crime and Safety Report for The Bahamas.
The United States government recently demonstrated its commitment to shared security and safety of The Bahamas and the United States on June 22, 2021, by donating three high-speed SAFE boats, radio communications equipment, and biometrics equipment to the Royal Bahamas Defence Force for a total value of about $5.9 million.
U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency and medical situations. According to the State Department, enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.