The Bahamas Issues Travel Warning For The U.S. Over Racial Tensions

Rucuss staffJuly 11, 2016

The world is taking notice after the recent killings of two black men and five police officers.

The government of Bahamas released a notice to be cautious when traveling to the United States in light of the recent police shootings. On July 8, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration strongly warned young males to be weary of their interactions with police officers.

“We wish to advise all Bahamians traveling to the US but especially to the affected cities to exercise appropriate caution generally,” the note reads. “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 notice was also posted on the group’s Facebook page.


The warning comes ahead of the country’s Independence Day on Monday, a public holiday when many Bahamians plan to travel to the United States. The Bahamian travel advisory follows the fatal shootings of two African-American men earlier this week in separate incidents in Louisiana and Minnesota, and after five police officers were killed and seven others were wounded by a shooter who opened fire during a rally in Dallas.

In the United States, protests over those and earlier shootings of black men by police continued in several cities on Saturday. The U.S. Department of State hasn’t commented on the warning from the Bahamas.

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