Bahamas responds to the travel advisory issued by Canada

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Published February 3, 2024 at 7:02 pm

Amid plans for a winter escape to a tropical paradise, the recent alert from the U.S. Embassy in Nassau on gang-related retaliation and murders in the Bahamas may have sparked concerns among potential tourists while also making it onto the Canadian travel advisory list. However, the Bahamian government is offering clarity to the situation.

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In response to the alert, the Bahamian government has addressed the issue, saying the country is dedicated to ensuring a secure and welcoming environment for its visitors.

This statement comes after the U.S. Embassy in Nassau, Bahamas sent out an advisory saying that 18 murders have occurred in Nassau since the beginning of 2024. The warning highlighted that these crimes happen even in daylight and on the streets, emphasizing that retaliatory gang violence stands as the primary motive.

“The incidents described in the January 2024 U.S. Embassy crime alert do not reflect general safety in the Bahamas,” the statement read.

Despite these crimes, the country maintains a level 2 danger rating —meaning usually safe— alongside its 16 other tourism destinations and many islands.

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Furthermore, the statement mentioned that the Bahamas welcomed over 9 million visitors in 2023, achieving a significant milestone for the nation.

“We were proud to share our crystal-clear waters, beautiful beaches, vibrant culture, warm people, and family-friendly adventures with so many visitors.”

The government outlined a proactive approach to crime reduction and prevention, focusing on five key pillars: prevention, detection, prosecution, punishment, and rehabilitation.

In addition, law enforcement agencies have increased their presence, deployed additional resources, and implemented advanced technologies including facial recognition CCTV surveillance to address the current security challenges.

“We have a zero-tolerance policy for firearm possession and a dedicated Magistrate to handle firearm offences,” the statement said.

The message concluded with, “the safety and security of everyone is of paramount importance to us and we are confident that the Bahamas will remain safe and welcoming for millions of visitors to continue to enjoy the magic and beauty of our beautiful islands.”

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