U.S. advises citizens to exercise increased caution when visiting The Bahamas
The U.S. Department of State yesterday issued a level two travel advisory for The Bahamas, warning U.S. citizens to “exercise increased caution” when visiting the country due to crime.
“Violent crime, such as burglaries, armed robberies, and sexual assault is common, even during daylight hours and in tourist areas,” the advisory reads.
“U.S. government personnel are not permitted to visit the Sand Trap area in Nassau due to crime.
“Jet Ski operators are known to commit sexual assaults against tourists, including minors.
“As a result, U.S. government personnel are not permitted to use Jet Ski rentals on New Providence and Paradise Island.”
The advisory urges visitors to “avoid the area known as Over-the- Hill, south of Shirley Street, and Fish Fry at Arawak Cay in Nassau at night.
“Do not answer your door at your hotel/residence unless you know who it is. Do not physically resist any robbery attempt,” the advisory reads.
The Department of State launched its new advisory system yesterday.
It provides levels of advice, ranging from one to four, for every country.
Level one advises U.S. citizens to exercise normal precautions when traveling.
Level two advises U.S. citizens to exercise increased caution when traveling.
As it regards level two, travels are urged to “be aware of heightened risks to safety and security.”
Level three advises U.S. citizens to reconsider travel.
“Avoid travel due to serious risks to safety and security,” the state department warns those planning to travel to such countries.
Level four is the highest advisory level due to greater likelihood of life-threatening risks, the state department said.
“During an emergency, the U.S. government may have very limited ability to provide assistance,” it said.
“The Department of State advises that U.S. citizens not travel to the country or leave as soon as it is safe to do so.”
The department noted that the travel advisories will also provide clear reasons for the level assigned, using established risk indicators and offer specific advice to citizens who do choose to travel to those locations.
These risk indicators include crime, terrorism, civil unrest, health, natural disaster, time-limited events, and other potential risks not covered by previous risk indicators.