Recent Police Shootings Prompt Bahamas Government to Issue Travel Advisory for Citizens Heading to the U.S.

The Bahamas. // Photo by Linder

The Bahamas Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration recently issued a travel advisory for Bahamian men traveling to the U.S., urging them to cooperate with American police officers in light of the recent controversial police shootings in both Louisiana and Minnesota.

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According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, “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.”

The advisory comes on the heels of two fatal shootings of two African-American men in separate incidents in Louisiana and Minnesota. Both shootings have inspired protests across the U.S. over those and earlier shootings of black men by police.

“We wish to advise all Bahamians traveling to the U.S. but especially to the affected cities to exercise appropriate caution generally,” according to the statement. “In particular, young males are asked to exercise extreme caution in affected cities in their interactions with the police. Do not be confrontational and cooperate.”

The warning goes on to advise Bahamians against participation in any political protest while vacationing in America.

“If there is any issue please allow consular offices for The Bahamas to deal with the issues,” according to the statement. “Do not get involved in political or other demonstrations under any circumstances and avoid crowds.”

For the full The Bahamas Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration statement, click here and keep visiting for more updates on this story. Be sure to follow Travel Agent’s Joe Pike on Twitter @TravelPike.

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