Hurricane Season Alert

Hurricane Season Alert – U.S. Embassy Nassau (May 23, 2018) Location: Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico Event: Hurricane Season in the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico begins June 1 and ends on November 30, 2018, though most tropical cyclones typically develop between May and October.  The National Oceanic ...
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Security Alert – Spring Break

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Nassau, The Bahamas (March 1, 2018) Location: The Bahamas Event: Spring Break. We want you to stay safe during your spring break in The Bahamas. Follow the tips below and exercise caution and good judgment to make your stay a pleasant and safe one. Know Your Environment: Do not ...
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Turks and Caicos Islands – Level 2: Exercise increased caution

Exercise increased caution in the Turks and Caicos Islands due to crime. Violent crime, such as armed robbery, shootings, and home invasions, is common.  Police presence and emergency response are extremely limited. Read the Safety and Security section on the Country Information page . If you decide to travel to the Turks and Caicos Islands: Avoid walking alone ...
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Worldwide Travel Caution

As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad.  This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated September ...
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Emergency Message for US Citizens: Hurricane Maria Message #2

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Hurricane Maria Message #2 Nassau, Bahamas, September 19, 2017 The following Emergency Message is being transmitted to alert U.S. citizens to the development of Hurricane Maria.  The National Hurricane Center (NHC; www.nhc.noaa.gov ) reports that Hurricane Maria is headed for the Turks and Caicos Islands.  Hurricane Maria is now a Category Five hurricane ...
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Emergency Message for US Citizens: Hurricane Maria

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Hurricane Maria September 18, 2017 The State Department warns U.S. citizens of the approach of Hurricane Maria, currently a Category 3 storm, and recommends U.S. citizens avoid non-essential travel to the Turks and Caicos Islands. The National Hurricane Center (NHC; www.nhc.noaa.gov ) reports that Hurricane Maria is headed for the Turks and ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Hurricane Maria

The State Department warns U.S. citizens of the approach of Hurricane Maria, currently a Category 5 storm, and recommends U.S. citizens avoid non-essential travel to the Turks and Caicos Islands. The National Hurricane Center (NHC;  www.nhc.noaa.gov ) reports that Hurricane Maria is headed for the Turks and Caicos Islands.  U.S. citizens residing and traveling in coastal areas ...
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Security Message for the Bahamas

The Department of State informs U.S. citizens that it has lifted the Travel Warning for The Bahamas and the Embassy has resumed normal operations following Hurricane Irma.  The ordered departure of U.S. Embassy non-emergency employees and family members stationed in Nassau and Freeport has been recinded. The Travel Warning for all of The Bahamas, including ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Providenciales Airport (Turks and Caicos) Reopened

The State Department informs U.S. citizens that the Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority (TCIAA) announces the resumption of international commercial flight operations at Providenciales on September 11, 2017, following the passage of Hurricane IRMA. Travelers should contact their respective commercial airline for information on individual itineraries. Please work directly with commercial airline carriers to ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Closure Due to Hurricane Irma

he United States Embassy will be closed on September 8-11 due to hurricane Irma.  Please be advised that the Embassy plans to resume normal business operations on Tuesday, September 12 at 8:00 a.m. For any emergencies involving U.S. citizens, please contact the U.S. Citizens Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section via telephone:  242-322-1181 . General information on ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Bahamas Travel Warning

The Department of State recommends U.S. citizens avoid all travel to The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands due to Hurricane Irma, a category 5 storm. On September 6, the Department ordered the departure of non-essential U.S. government employees and their family members due to Hurricane Irma. A Hurricane Warning has been issued for Turks and ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Government Assisted Departure Related to Hurricane Irma

September 6, 2017 This message is to advise U.S. citizens residing and traveling in The Bahamas that Hurricane Irma, currently a Category 5 storm, is projected to significantly impact The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands.  On September 6, 2017 the Department of State approved Ordered Departure for certain Embassy staff and their family members from Nassau and Freeport in The Bahamas. ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Violent Armed Robberies in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

The U.S. Embassy in Nassau advises U.S. citizens residing in and traveling to Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, to be aware of their surroundings and remain on heightened alert to avoid being a victim of crime.  An increase in armed robbery, including violence against victims, remains a threat facing U.S. citizens in the Turks and Caicos.  ...
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Security Message: U.S. Embassy Nassau phone outage planned for Saturday, June 24, 2017

The U.S. Embassy’s phone lines will be out of service for a planned maintenance outage beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 24, but embassy phone service is expected to be restored by 7:30 p.m. that same day.  For after-hours embassy emergency duty calls during that June 24 timeframe, please dial +242 422-6246. For further ...
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Security Message: Nassau Demonstration Scheduled for Sunday April 2, 2017

A demonstration is scheduled to take place on Sunday April 2, 2017 from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm from the parking lot at Scotia Bank Cable Beach Branch (near the Melia and Breezes hotels) and proceeding to the Prime Minister’s Office (near Goodman’s Bay Park). Election season has started in The Bahamas. Demonstrations and/or protests ...
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Zika Virus Update

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its Zika travel guidance on March 10, 2017, recommending that pregnant women not travel to any area where there is a risk of Zika virus infection.  For a world map of the Zika affected areas, please visit CDC’s interactive map . For more information about travel guidance for pregnant women , visit ...
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Good Samaritan Theft Scam

The U.S. Embassy is aware of a scam involving good Samaritans offering to help drivers and passengers of disabled vehicles.  The scam involves someone tampering with a vehicle in advance, such as deflating its tire(s). When the driver attempts to make the repair, a nearby “good Samaritan” offers assistance.  While the driver is distracted, another ...
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Worldwide Caution for U.S. Citizens

As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad.  This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated September ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens – Staying Safe during Spring Break in The Bahamas

We want you to stay safe during your spring break in The Bahamas.  Follow the below tips and exercise caution and good judgment to make your stay a pleasant and safe one. Know Your Environment Do not travel or walk alone after dark or in isolated areas.  Avoid being alone with strangers, jet ski, taxi, ...
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Temporary Suspension of Services at U.S. Consular Agency in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands

The following message is to notify U.S. citizens living in and travelling to the Turks & Caicos Islands that office hours and appointments for routine consular services at the U.S. Consular Agency in Providenciales have been temporarily suspended until further notice.  The Embassy hopes to resume services as soon as possible, and apologizes for any ...
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False U.S. Embassy calls involved in financial scam in The Bahamas

The U.S. Embassy alerts the public that there has been an increase in the number of fraudulent calls to U.S. citizens allegedly from the U.S. Embassy in Nassau requesting the immediate transfer of funds to assist in the urgent medical care of a family member in The Bahamas.  In most scenarios, the caller obtains information, ...
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Nassau Majority Rule Day March (Second Planned Demonstration)

A second planned demonstration is scheduled to take place in Nassau on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, during the Bahamas’ Majority Rule Day holiday, commencing at approximately 7:00 a.m. at Windsor Park, proceeding north on East Street, west on Bay Street, and south on Market Street terminating at the Southern Recreation Ground. Even demonstrations intended to ...
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Nassau Majority Rule Day Protest – January 10, 2017

A planned demonstration is scheduled to take place in Nassau on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, during the Bahamas’ Majority Rule Day holiday, commencing at 10:00 a.m. at Arawak Cay (“Fish Fry”) and proceeding east on Bay Street to Rawson Square (“ Parliament”). Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate to violence. ...
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Security Message: Nassau Black Friday Protest Scheduled for November 25, 2016

A #WeMarch demonstration calling for a 12-hour occupation of Bay Street in Nassau is scheduled to take place on Friday, November 25, 2016, commencing at 1:00 p.m. at Arawak Cay (“Fish Fry”) and proceeding east on Bay Street to Rawson Square (“Parliament”). The U.S. Embassy in Nassau advises U.S. citizens to avoid areas of demonstrations, ...
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Security Message: Avoid Sand Trap Area in Nassau

U.S. citizens are advised that the U.S. Embassy in Nassau has placed the Sand Trap off limits to Embassy personnel and their families due to the ongoing association with known criminal elements and the recent shooting incident that killed one person and wounded two others. The establishment also is the launching point for various jet ...
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Security Message: Update on Zika Virus in The Bahamas

November 18, 2016 The U.S. Embassy in Nassau provides this update of its previous message informing U.S. citizens that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a travel notice for The Bahamas  regarding the Zika virus .  The CDC has concluded that the Zika virus is a cause of microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects ...
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Travel Warning for The Bahamas Cancelled

The U.S. Embassy in Nassau has resumed normal operations following Hurricane Matthew.  The authorized departure of family members of U.S. Embassy employees stationed in Nassau and Freeport has been lifted.  The Travel Warning for all of The Bahamas, including Grand Bahama Island and North Andros, has been cancelled.  This message replaces the Travel Warning issued ...
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Voting in 2016 U.S. Elections

Act now to ensure your vote counts in November! In order to vote in the November 2016 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) in 2016.  Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee in past elections, you must complete an FPCA each year to participate ...
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Grand Bahama Assistance – Hurricane Matthew

U.S. citizens in Grand Bahama who need emergency assistance in returning to the U.S. should make their interest known by meeting with a consular officer on Sunday, October 9th at 2-4 PM at Grand Bahama International Airport’s international terminal. Otherwise, citizens should email 2016StormMatthewEmergencyUSC@state.gov or for those without email access, you may call 1-888-407-4747 or 1-202-501-4444. For ...
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Continued Driving Safety in The Bahamas & Restored U.S. Embassy Nassau Communications

The Embassy advises U.S. citizens in New Providence to avoid traveling after dark due to downed power lines and pedestrians using streets.  Avoid routes around crowded gas stations unless necessary due to congestion and reports of occasional tensions due to sometimes long lines. U.S. Embassy Nassau’s communications are also restored.  For emergencies involving U.S. citizens ...
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Limited Communications at U.S. Embassy Nassau – Hurricane Matthew

U.S. citizens in Grand Bahama who need emergency assistance in returning to the U.S. should make their interest known by meeting with a consular officer on Sunday, October 9th at 2-4 PM at Grand Bahama International Airport’s international terminal. Otherwise, citizens should email 2016StormMatthewEmergencyUSC@state.gov or for those without email access, you may call 1-888-407-4747 or 1-202-501-4444. For ...
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LPIA to Reopen – Hurricane Matthew

The State Department informs U.S. citizens that the Nassau Airport Development Company Ltd. has announced that normal operations at Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau will resume on Saturday, October 8, 2016.  Travelers should contact their respective airline for information on individual itineraries. For further information: See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution , Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, ...
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NEMA Issues “All Clear” Following Hurricane Matthew

The State Department informs U.S. citizens that the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) of The Bahamas has issued an “all clear.” Similarly, the U.S. Embassy in Nassau has lifted the shelter-in-place order for employees and their family members. However, there is extensive damage throughout Nassau, Freeport/Grand Bahama, and other islands. In Nassau, there are downed ...
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Authorized Departure for U.S. Embassy Employees – Hurricane Matthew

The State Department warns U.S. citizens of the approach of Hurricane Matthew and recommends U.S. citizens avoid all travel OR avoid non-essential travel to the Bahamas and The Turks and Caicos Islands. The National Hurricane Center (NHC; www.nhc.noaa.gov) reports that Hurricane Matthew is headed for The Bahamas and a hurricane warning has been issued.  Hurricane ...
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Hurricane Warning and Watch Issued – Hurricane Matthew

The following Emergency Message is being transmitted to alert U.S. citizens to the development and progress of Hurricane Matthew. The National Hurricane Center (NHC; www.nhc.noaa.gov) reports that Hurricane Matthew is headed for The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands and a hurricane warning is now in effect for Southeastern Bahamas, including the Mayaguana, Inagua, ...
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Hurricane Watch Issued – Hurricane Matthew

The following Emergency Message is being transmitted to alert U.S. citizens to the development and progress of Hurricane Matthew. The National Hurricane Center (NHC; www.nhc.noaa.gov) reports that Hurricane Matthew is headed for The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands and a hurricane watch has been issued for Southeastern Bahamas, including the Inaguas, Mayaguana, Acklins, Crooked Island, Long Cay, ...
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Hurricane Matthew

The State Department warns U.S. citizens of the approach of Hurricane Matthew and recommends U.S. citizens avoid non-essential travel to the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands. The National Hurricane Center (NHC; www.nhc.noaa.gov) reports that Hurricane Matthew is headed for The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands and a hurricane watch has been issued ...
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Tropical Disturbance

The following Emergency Message is being transmitted to alert U.S. citizens in The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos. As of August 24th, a tropical wave over the Lesser Antilles and Puerto Rico is currently bringing heavy winds and significant rain to those areas. This system could become a tropical storm or tropical depression at any ...
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Zika Virus Reported in New Providence and The Bahamas

The U.S. Embassy in Nassau informs U.S. citizens that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a travel notice regarding the Zika virus for the island of New Providence in The Bahamas (which includes the city of Nassau). There is evidence that Zika is linked to birth defects in the fetuses of ...
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Zika Virus Reported in the Turks and Caicos Islands

The United States Embassy in Nassau, The Bahamas informs U.S. citizens that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has added the Turks and Caicos Islands to  its advisories regarding the Zika Virus .  For general information about Zika, please visit the CDC website .  To obtain CDC travel notices , call the CDC at 1-800- CDC -INFO (1-800-232-4636) from within the United States, or 1-404-639-3534 from overseas or ...
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Personal Security Awareness

This message is to remind U.S. Citizens resident and visiting New Providence Island (Nassau) and Paradise Island to be mindful of their surroundings at all times and employ practical personal security awareness when in public and at home to avoid being a victim of crime. Over the course of the past six months, the U.S. ...
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Travel Alert for U.S. Citizens – Hurricane Season 2016

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the Hurricane and Typhoon Seasons in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico. Hurricane and Typhoon Season lasts through November 2016, though most tropical cyclones typically develop between May and October. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recommends that those in ...
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U.S. Embassy Personnel Prohibited from Using Jet-Ski Rentals on New Providence and Paradise Islands

The U.S. Embassy in Nassau advises U.S. citizens residing in and traveling to The Bahamas to be aware of their surroundings and remain on heightened alert to avoid being victims of crime. Since July 2014, there have been five sexual assaults of U.S. citizens by jet-ski operators in Nassau, the most recent on January 2, ...
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