The  Ministry of Foreign Affairs has taken  a note  of  the  recent  tensions  in some American  cities  over  shootings  of young  Black  males by policemen.

We wish to  advise  all  Bahamians  travelling  to  the  US  but  especially  to the  affected cities  to exercise  appropriate caution  generally. In particular young  males are  asked  to  exercise  extreme  caution  in affected cities  in  their  interactions with  the  police. Do not be confrontational and cooperate.

If  there  is any issue please  allow consular offices  for  The  Bahamas  to deal  with  the  issues. Do not get involved in political or other demonstrations under any circumstances and avoid crowds.

The Bahamas has consular offices in Miami, New York, Washington, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago and Houston.

Their addresses are on the Foreign Ministry’s website at

At the commencement of the Independence holiday weekend, many Bahamians will no doubt use the opportunity to travel, in particular to destinations in the United States.  While it is prudent for travelers to conduct themselves in an orderly manner at all times, in light of recent episodes of involving police officers and young black men in the United States, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration wishes to advise the Bahamian public to exercise due care and attention especially when traveling to particular cities in the United States.

Pay attention to the public notices and news announcements in the city that you are visiting.

Be safe, enjoy the holiday weekend and be sensible.