Sunday, October 25, 2020

US State Department: Do Not Travel to the Bahamas

Officials for the U.S State Department have issued a level 4 travel advisory for the Bahamas citing the coronavirus cases, crime related matters and risks associated with unregulated water sport businesses.

The advisory, issued on Thursday, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for the Bahamas due to COVID-19.

The advisory warned its citizens that they may experience travel prohibitions, stay at home orders, business closures, and other emergency conditions within the Bahamas due to COVID-19.

The department further warned of crime in touristic areas in Nassau and Grand Bahama, and an area known as Sand Trap, that has since been closed.

Violent crime, such as burglaries, armed robberies, and sexual assault, occurs even during the day and in tourist areas. Although the family islands are not crime-free, the vast majority of crime occurs on New Providence and Grand Bahama islands. U.S. government personnel are not permitted to visit the area known by many visitors as the Sand Trap area in Nassau due to crime,” the advisory says

Travellers were warned to “exercise caution in the area known as “Over the Hill” (south of Shirley Street) and the Fish Fry at Arawak Cay in Nassau, especially at night.”

The U.S Department highlighted sexual assault by jet ski operators.

“Jet-ski operators have been known to commit sexual assaults against tourists. As a result, U.S. government personnel are not permitted to use jet-ski rentals on New Providence and Paradise Islands.”

The department highlights the danger of unreguated water crafts in the country.

“Activities involving commercial recreational watercraft, including water tours, are not consistently regulated. Watercrafts are often not maintained, and many companies do not have safety certifications to operate in the Bahamas.”

Level 4 warnings were also issued for Haiti, Cuba, Guyana, Iran, Iraq, Russia and North Korea.

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