Bahamas Travel Alert: United States Warns Travelers After 18 Capital Murders This Year
The US State Department has heightened its advisory for travelers considering a trip to the Bahamas, now urging increased caution due to escalating violence in the nation’s capital.
With 18 recorded murders this year alone, the move to Level 2 comes in response to a security alert issued by the US Embassy in Nassau, expressing concerns over potential gang-related violence targeting Americans.
As per the embassy’s report, the occurrences of murders in Nassau have been random and unselective, taking place at any time of the day and frequently instigated by retaliatory actions from gangs.
Travelers, particularly in Nassau, are advised to exercise heightened vigilance, especially when venturing out at night. Recommendations include maintaining a low profile, remaining aware of surroundings, and refraining from resistance if confronted by criminals.
The State Department also underscored the risks associated with short-term vacation rentals, noting their lack of private security compared to hotels. Additionally, it cautioned against poorly regulated recreational watercraft rentals, tours, and trips, citing potential safety hazards and advising adherence to local weather and marine alerts.
Bahamas Response to Embassy Alert
In response to the alert issued by the embassy, Prime Minister Philip Brave Davis conveyed his belief that it is improbable for the advisory to dissuade American tourists from visiting, while also recognizing the United States’ authority to issue such cautionary notices.
The Bahamas, in turn, issues similar alerts. Davis emphasized ongoing efforts to combat crime, including proposed changes to bail parameters.
However, the Bahamas commissioner of police and Ministry of Tourism spokesperson have yet to comment on the heightened advisory.
This development coincides with the State Department’s recent elevation of travel advisory levels for Jamaica to Level 3, citing concerns over violent crime and limited access to emergency medical services.
As concerns persist over safety and security in the Caribbean region, travelers are advised to stay informed, exercise caution, and heed official guidance before planning trips to affected areas.