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The travel warning reads, “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration has taken a note of the recent tensions in some American cities over shootings of young Black males by police officers. We wish to advise all Bahamians traveling to the U.S., but especially to the affected cities, to exercise appropriate caution generally. In particular, young males are asked to exercise extreme caution in affected cities in their interactions with the police.” It also warned, “Do not be confrontational and cooperate.”
The travel advisory was issued by the Bahamian Ministry of Environment and Housing and the Bahamas’s Consulate General in New York on Friday in response to the recent deaths of Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Louisiana at the hands of police officers; and, the sniper attack against police officers in Dallas late last week. The advisory also warned Bahamian citizens, “Not to get involved in political or other demonstrations under any circumstances,” while visiting the states. It also advised travelers in the U.S. to avoid crowds.
Advisories regarding travel to the United States were also issued by the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.