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Avoid non-essential travel outside Canada until further notice. If you must travel, check the risk levels specific to your destination and plan your travel accordingly. Exercise a high degree of caution in The Bahamas due to high rates of crime, especially in Freeport and Nassau. In an attempt to limit the spread of COVID, most governments have implemented preventative measures and restrictions. There has been a decrease in violent crime since the beginning of Crime, however, including violent crime, still occurs, mainly on the islands of Grand Bahama and New Providence. Armed robberies, burglaries, purse snatchings, theft, fraud and sexual assaults are the most common crimes committed against travellers in Freeport and Nassau.
Incidents of robbery also take place in cruise ship terminals and in and around popular resort areas, even in daylight hours. Crime increases during the holidays. Sexual assault occurs frequently in The Bahamas, particularly near hotels, in hotel rooms, in casinos, on cruise ships and on the beach.
Reported incidents are on the rise in Nassau, including on Paradise Island. In some cases, the victim was drugged. Safe-travel guide for women. Never leave food or drinks unattended or in the care of strangers. Be wary of accepting snacks, beverages, gum or cigarettes from new acquaintances. These items may contain drugs that could put you at risk of sexual assault and robbery.
Be cautious when using debit or credit cards:. More about overseas fraud. The water sports rental industry is poorly regulated in The Bahamas. Tourists have been seriously injured using jet skis and other watercraft. Boaters should be alert to the possibility of encountering water craft operated by illegal drug traders. Advice for Cruise Travellers. Ro are generally adequate in major cities, but in poor condition in rural areas. Road construction is not always well marked.
Bicycles, mopeds and pedestrians can be hazards, particularly on the busy streets of Freeport and Nassau. Drinking and driving is prevalent. Accidents causing fatalities are common. We do not make assessments on the compliance of foreign domestic airlines with international safety standards. General information about foreign domestic airlines.
Most governments have implemented special entry and exit restrictions and requirements for their territory due to COVID Before travelling, verify if the local authorities of both your current location and destinations have implemented any restrictions or requirements related to this situation. Consider even your transit points, as transit rules are in place in many destinations. This could disrupt your travel.
Every country or territory decides who can enter or exit through its borders. We have obtained the information on this from Bahamian authorities. It can, however, change at any time. Verify this information with the Foreign Representatives in Canada. Before you travel, check with your transportation company about passport requirements. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the date you expect to leave The Bahamas.
Official travel. Different entry rules may apply when travelling with a temporary passport or an emergency travel document. Before you leave, check with the closest diplomatic mission for your destination. Tourist visa: not required for stays up to 8 months Business visa: not required Student permit: required.
You must complete and an immigration card upon entry to The Bahamas. This card will be stamped by officials at the point of entry and you are required to keep the card until your departure. Department of Immigration - Government of The Bahamas.
Learn about potential entry requirements related to yellow fever vaccines section. Be sure that your routine vaccinesas per your province or territory, are up-to-date regardless of your travel destination. Some of these vaccines include: measles-mumps-rubella MMRdiphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, varicella chickenpoxinfluenza and others. You may be at risk for these vaccine-preventable diseases while travelling in this country.
Talk to your travel health professional about which ones are right for you. Hepatitis A is a disease of the liver spread through contaminated food and water or contact with an infected person. All those travelling to regions with a risk of hepatitis A infection should get vaccinated.
Hepatitis B is a disease of the liver spread through blood or other bodily fluids.
Travellers who may be exposed e. Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics.
Influenza flu is caused by a virus spread from person to person when they cough or sneeze or by touching objects and surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus. Get the flu shot. Measles is a highly contagious viral disease. It can spread quickly from person to person by direct contact and through droplets in the air. Anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk of being infected with it when travelling internationally. Regardless of where you are going, talk to a health care professional before travelling to make sure you are fully protected against measles.
Yellow fever is a disease caused by a flavivirus from the bite of an infected mosquito. Travellers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection. It is recommended that you contact the nearest diplomatic or consular office of the destination s you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements. Travellers to any destination in the world can develop travellers' diarrhea from consuming contaminated water or food. In some areas in the Caribbean, food and water can also carry diseases like cholerahepatitis Aschistosomiasis and typhoid.
Practise safe food and water precautions while travelling in the Caribbean. Remember: Boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it! Typhoid is a bacterial infection spread by contaminated food or water. Risk is higher among children, travellers going to rural areas, travellers visiting friends and relatives or those travelling for a long period of time. Travellers visiting regions with a risk typhoid, especially those exposed to places with poor sanitation should speak to a health care professional about vaccination.
In some areas in the Caribbean, certain insects carry and spread diseases like chikungunyadengue fevermalariaWest Nile virus and Zika virus. Travellers are advised to take precautions against bites. There is currently a risk of chikungunya in this country. Chikungunya is a virus spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. Chikungunya can cause a viral disease that typically causes fever and pain in the ts. In some cases, the t pain can be severe and last for months or years.
Protect yourself from mosquito bites at all times. There is no vaccine available for chikungunya. Zika virus is a risk in this country. Zika virus is primarily spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. It can also be sexually transmitted. Zika virus can cause serious birth defects. Pregnant women and women planning a pregnancy should visit a health care professional before travelling to discuss the potential risks of travelling to this country. Pregnant women may choose to avoid or postpone travel to this country.
For more travel recommendations, see the travel health notice: Zika virus: Advice for travellers. Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, monkeys, snakes, rodents, birds, and bats. Some infections found in some areas in the Caribbean, like rabiescan be shared between humans and animals. Crowded conditions can increase your risk of certain illnesses.
Remember to wash your hands often and practice proper cough and sneeze etiquette to avoid colds, the flu and other illnesses. High risk activities include anything which puts you in contact with blood or body fluids, such as unprotected sex and exposure to unsterilized needles for medications or other substances for example, steroids and drugstattooing, body-piercing or acupuncture.
Medical expenses can be very high. It is normal for clinics to require patients to an undertaking-to-pay agreement and to take a credit card impression as guarantee of payment prior to providing medical care. Serious cases may be transferred to Freeport or Nassau, or to Miami, Florida, by air ambulance, especially those requiring surgery.
Make sure you get travel insurance that includes coverage for medical evacuation and hospital stays. The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The traveller is also responsible for his or her own personal safety. Be prepared. Do not expect medical services to be the same as in Canada. Pack a travel health kitespecially if you will be travelling away from major city centres.
Learn about what you should do and how we can help if you are arrested or detained abroad. Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe. Convicted offenders can expect jail sentences and heavy fines. Bahamian law does not prohibit sexual acts between individuals of the same sex. However, homosexuality is not widely socially accepted. If you are a Canadian citizen, but also a citizen of The Bahamas, our ability to offer you consular services may be limited while you're there. General information for travellers with dual citizenship.
Long-line fishing is illegal in Bahamian waters. All long-line fishing gear must be stowed below deck while transiting Bahamian waters. Stiff penalties are imposed for catching crawfish, lobster or other marine life in protected areas or out of season. If you are interested in purchasing property or making other investments in The Bahamas, seek legal advice from appropriate professionals in Canada and The Bahamas before making commitments.
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