Freeport, Grand Bahama – Level 3: Reconsider Travel
Exercise increased caution in Freeport, Grand Bahama due to Hurricane Dorian.
On August 29, The Department of State ordered non-emergency personnel and family members of U.S. government employees to depart Freeport, Grand Bahama in The Bahamas in advance of Hurricane Dorian.
If you decide to travel to The Bahamas:
The Bahamas – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
Exercise increased caution in the Bahamas due to crime. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.
Violent crime, such as burglaries, armed robberies, and sexual assault, occurs even during the day and in tourist areas. Although the family islands are not crime-free, the vast majority of crime occurs on New Providence and Grand Bahama islands. U.S. government personnel are not permitted to visit the area known by many visitors as the Sand Trap area in Nassau due to crime. Activities involving commercial recreational watercraft, including water tours, are not consistently regulated. Watercrafts are often not maintained, and many companies do not have safety certifications to operate in The Bahamas. Jet-ski operators have been known to commit sexual assaults against tourists. As a result, U.S. government personnel are not permitted to use jet-ski rentals on New Providence and Paradise Islands.
Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.
Last Update: Reissued for information on Hurricane Dorian.