Feds warn Americans to avoid all travel to Bahamas

MIAMI – Federal authorities are warning travelers to avoid going to The Bahamas due to coronavirus pandemic-related conditions.

The U.S. Department of State’s “reconsider travel” advisory on Monday follows the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s warning on Saturday asking Americans to “avoid all travel” to the Bahamas.

Bahamian authorities are requiring tourists to have a travel health visa.

Previous U.S. advisories warned of crime on New Providence and Grand Bahama islands. Authorities had warned of violent crime in Nassau’s Over the Hill area and of independently jet-ski operators who had been accused of committing sexual assaults against tourists.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story erroneously stated that 7,460 cases of COVID-19 had been reported on Tuesday. That number is, in fact, the total number of cases that have been confirmed in the Bahamas to date. We regret this error.

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