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Travel advisory updated for Bahamas-bound tourists

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While the travel advisory level for the Bahamas has not changed (remaining a 2 out of 4 on the U.S. scale), a January 26 update encouraged travelers to be vigilant in tourist and non-tourist areas because of an uptick in crime on the islands, particularly on New Providence and Grand Bahama.

According to Bahamian officials, the rise in crime mainly impacts the local population. However, travelers should always be aware of their surroundings.

In a January 30 statement to the media, the office of the prime minister for the Commonwealth of the Bahamas stated it is remaining “alert, attentive, and proactive to ensure that The Bahamas remains a safe and welcoming destination.” The statement continued, “The Government of The Bahamas is implementing a robust and innovative crime reduction and prevention strategy. This comprehensive approach is informed by the latest research and successful international models, focusing on five key pillars: prevention, detection, prosecution, punishment, and rehabilitation.”

While travelers should be vigilant in more densely populated areas, the Bahamas spans dozens of islands that boast bright-blue waters and beautiful beaches, and welcome millions of visitors each year, including general aviation pilots. Spending time exploring the Out Islands could offer a more tranquil and unique aviation experience.

“We appreciate the Bahamian government’s efforts to ensure safety for its citizens and tourists. The islands have so much to offer and I hope to visit again soon,” said AOPA President Mark Baker.

Whether you’re interested in luxury resorts or nature exploration, the Out Islands of the Bahamas offer a variety of vacation options. Some frequently visited are the Abacos, a 120-mile-long island chain with dozens of caves and coves to explore. Cat Island is another popular choice because of its historical landmarks and local legends.

For AOPA pilots traveling to and within the islands of the Bahamas, AOPA publishes a comprehensive guidebook that includes airport data, customs and immigration information, and recommendations for cultural exploration. Learn more from the AOPA Bahamas Pilot Guide or visit the Bahamas travel page on AOPA’s website.

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