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, 2016. As a result, the U.S.
Embassy has prohibited personnel under U.S. Embassy Chief of Mission authority
from using the services of jet-ski rental operators in Nassau. This includes jet-ski
operators on Cabbage Beach and Cable Beach. We strongly advise that U.S.
citizens do the same and not patronize these services. Jet-ski rentals in The
Bahamas are only minimally regulated.

U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to The Bahamas should review their personal
security plans. At all times, maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate
steps to enhance your personal security. If you encounter a violent or threatening
situation, try to remain calm and immediately get yourself out of harm’s way. If
confronted by armed criminals, remember your vehicle or valuables are not worth
your life or anyone else’s life.

If you are the victim of a crime abroad (including the loss or theft of a U.S.
passport), you should immediately contact the local police (dial “911” or “919”).
Contact with the Embassy should be made as soon as possible thereafter.
We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in The Bahamas
enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).
STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the
U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you
don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or
consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current
Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country
Specific Information for The Bahamas. For additional information, refer to the
Department’s “Traveler’s Checklist”.

Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel
restrictions. You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and
Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries. These numbers are available
from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S.
federal holidays). Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. In The Bahamas, the
Embassy is located at 42 Queen Street in downtown Nassau, and can be reached at
242-322-1181.