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Stay Safe & Healthy in Bahamas

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By the middle of the year 2007, the country had already recorded 42 murders. The murder count for 2010 was 96. Police statistics will show that most murders are linked to domestic violence or gang related disputes, mostly fueled by competition in the illegal drug trade. In 2011 the Commissioner of the Royal Bahamas Police Force stated that the vast majority of murder victims in New Providence (Nassau), were already well known to police. A report done by an international body stated that The Bahamas ranks amongst the top for crimes committed against women. However, to maintain good local and international relations, the police have increased their presence and the judicial system vowed to bring about “swift justice”.

Visitors should exercise caution and good judgment when visiting The Bahamas. Violent crime has increased in the recent past, and the American Embassy has received several reports of sexual assaults on American tourists, including teen-aged girls.

Firearms

It is illegal to import a firearm or ammunition into The Bahamas or to possess a firearm in the country without appropriate permission. Tourists who arrive by private boat are required to declare firearms to Bahamian Customs and leave firearms on the boat while in The Bahamas. Penalties for illegal possession of a firearm or ammunition are strict, and can involve heavy fines, lengthy prison terms, or both.

Penalties

Penalties for breaking the law can be more severe than in the United States for similar offenses. Persons violating Bahamian laws, even unknowingly, may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Police enforcement is aggressive in tourist areas, as drug dealers are known to frequent areas where tourists congregate. Penalties for possession, use, or trafficking in illegal drugs in the Bahamas are strict, and convicted offenders can expect jail sentences and heavy fines.

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The adult HIV/AIDS prevalence rate has reached 3.0% or 1 in 33 adults.

How To Travel To Bahamas

By plane The largest airports in the Bahamas are in the capital Nassau on New Providence and Freeport on Grand Bahama. Smaller airports are scattered throughout the other islands. The Bahamas has six international airports, the largest being Lynden Pindling International Airport, which is located west of Nassau. With the boat The...

How To Travel Around Bahamas

By plane Bahamasair offers a comprehensive network that radiates out from Nassau and covers most population centres. However, fares are high, frequencies are low, aircraft are small and the airline is known for long delays. Many travellers in a hurry prefer charter flights. By bus Nassau/New Providence have a bus system called...

Visa & Passport Requirements for Bahamas

Foreign nationals from the following countries/territories do not require a visa to visit The Bahamas: American Samoa, Andorra, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Azores, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Turkey. Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Cape...

Destinations in Bahamas

Islands New Providence (Nassau, Paradise Island)Dominated by the capital Nassau and connected to the small island of Paradise, home to the gigantic Atlantis casino complex.Grand BahamaAn ecological playground consisting of a system of underwater limestone caves. The Ecotourism Centre, which offers nature discovery tours, national parks and botanical gardens.BiminiAbacos and...

Accommodation & Hotels in Bahamas

Accommodation in the Bahamas is expensive and there is virtually no hostel-style accommodation. The cheapest hotels start at around US$70 and most hotels cost US$200-300/night, with the best resorts easily exceeding US$500. However, deals can be had in the summer low season. Please note that the Bahamas charges a "Service...

Food & Drinks in Bahamas

Food in Bahamas As you would expect from an island nation, seafood is very popular. The national dish is conch (pronounced "conk" with a hard K), a type of mollusc served fried ("cracked") or raw with a lemon zest, and as elsewhere in the Caribbean, the classic side dish is...

Money & Shopping in Bahamas

The national currency is the Bahamian dollar (B$), but it is pegged to the US dollar on a 1:1 basis, and US dollars are accepted everywhere at face value. Therefore, Americans do not need to exchange money, and many tourist shops even give change in US dollars. Look out...

Festivals & Holidays in Bahamas

Festivals The biggest event in the Bahamian calendar is Junkanoo, a street carnival that takes place on Boxing Day (26 December) and New Year's Day (1 January). Junkanoo bands parade through the streets of the cities, especially in Nassau, wearing spectacular but disposable crepe paper costumes and playing the characteristic...

Culture Of Bahamas

In the less developed outer islands (or family islands), basketry is made from palm leaves, among other things. This material, commonly known as "straw", is woven into hats and bags, which are popular tourist items. Another use is for "voodoo dolls", although these dolls are a product of the...

History Of Bahamas

The Taino people settled in the uninhabited south of the Bahamas from Hispaniola and Cuba around the 11th century after migrating there from South America. They became the Lucayan people. It is estimated that 30,000 Lucayans were living in the Bahamas at the time of Columbus' arrival in 1492. Christopher...

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