Bahamas

Bahamas

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The Commonwealth of the Bahamas consists of 29 islands and hundreds of cays and islets and is located in the Atlantic Ocean north of Cuba and Hispaniola (Dominican Republic and Haiti). The population is about 315,000 people.

The Bahamas gained independence from Great Britain in 1973 and remains a Commonwealth country. The government is a constitutional parliamentary democracy.

The economy depends mainly on tourism, and the financial service sector is also important to the Bahamian economy. In the Bahamas, there is no tax on income and capital gains, and no wealth or value added tax. The US dollar is commonly accepted.

The Bahamas is a popular vacation spot known for beautiful beaches, beautiful waters and a mild climate. African and European colonial traditions have influenced Bahamian customs and culture.

Currency BSD: Bahamian dollar
Language English. Bahamian creole also spoken.
Capital Nassau
Recent Alerts 1
Latest Alert October 28, 2017 - Tropical storm en route to Cuba, Bahamas and USA

Diseases To Be Aware Of

The diseases listed below are those which occur most often in Bahamas. Other, less frequently encountered diseases might be displayed within the Travel Alerts section if they have occurred recently.

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A may be a risk in the Bahamas.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B may be a risk in the Bahamas.

Ciguatera Fish Poisoning

Ciguatera poisoning occurs sporadically in the Bahamas.

Dengue Fever

Dengue fever outbreaks have occurred in the Bahamas.

Chikungunya Fever

Chikungunya fever has occurred in this country.

Yellow Fever

There is no risk of yellow fever in this country. However, this country requires all persons greater than 1 year of age to have proof of the yellow fever vaccination if arriving from a country where yellow fever occurs, or if transiting for more than 12 hours in an airport in a country with a risk of yellow fever transmission. Guyana, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago are exempted from this requirement.

Typhoid Fever

There is a risk of exposure to typhoid fever in this country through consumption of unsafe food and water. Since exposure to unsafe sources is variable within this country, the vaccination against typhoid fever is generally recommended, especially when visiting smaller cities, rural areas, or staying with friends and family.

Rabies

Rabies may be present in bats. Vaccination may be considered for travellers who might come in contact with bats.

Zika Fever

Zika fever may occur in this country.

Vaccinations to Consider

The following is a list of recommended vaccinations for travelling to Bahamas.

Hepatitis A Vaccine

Hepatitis A vaccination is recommended.

Hepatitis B Vaccine

Hepatitis B vaccination is recommended.

Yellow Fever Vaccine

There is no risk of yellow fever in this country. However, this country requires all persons greater than 1 year of age to have proof of the yellow fever vaccination if arriving from a country where yellow fever occurs, or if transiting for more than 12 hours in an airport in a country with a risk of yellow fever transmission. Guyana, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago are exempted from this requirement.

Rabies Vaccine

Rabies may be present in bats. Vaccination may be considered for travellers who might come in contact with bats.

Typhoid Fever Vaccine

There is a risk of exposure to typhoid fever in this country through consumption of unsafe food and water. Since exposure to unsafe sources is variable within this country, the vaccination against typhoid fever is generally recommended, especially when visiting smaller cities, rural areas, or staying with friends and family.

Medications to Consider

The following is a list of recommended medications for travelling to Bahamas.

Anti-malarial Drugs

Anti-malarial medication is generally not recommended for travellers to the Great Exuma Island.

Safety and Security in Bahamas

Emergency Numbers

911
919

Personal Safety

Travellers to the Bahamas usually do not experience any serious safety and security problems, although petty crime does occur. Tourists can be targeted for robbery and pickpocketing, particularly in Nassau and Freeport. Avoid showing signs of affluence and carrying large sums of money. Ensure your personal belongings and travel documents are secure at all times. Avoid walking alone on deserted beaches and after dark.

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