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Visiting The Bahamas Comes With Risk

June 8, 2022 • 4:54 pm CDT
U.S. State Department
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The U.S. Department of State issued today an update to the Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution, for The Bahamas. The State Department says violent crimes have occurred in tourist and non-tourist areas.

Specifically, most crime occurs on New Providence (Nassau) and Grand Bahama (Freeport) islands.

In Nassau, visitors should practice increased vigilance in the “Over the Hill” area (south of Shirley Street).

Activities involving commercial, and recreational watercraft, including water tours, are not consistently regulated. As a result, watercraft may be poorly maintained, and some operators may not have safety certifications. 

Due to these concerns, U.S. government personnel cannot use independently operated jet-ski rentals on New Providence and Paradise Islands.  

And never swim alone, regardless of your age or level of swimming skills, be aware of water conditions and heed local warnings.

If you decide to travel to The Bahamas,

  • Do not answer your door at your hotel/residence unless you know who it is.  
  • Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.  
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. 
  • The U.S. Embassy Nassau is located at P.O. Box N-8197, #42 Queen Street, Nassau, The Bahamas.

The U.S. CDC suggests various travel vaccinations before visiting The Bahamas from a health perspective.

Pre-departure vaccine advice is generally offered at certified travel clinics and pharmacies In the USA.

Note: The State Department information was manually edited and curated for mobile readers.