1. Summary (this page)
  2. Safety and security
  3. Terrorism
  4. Health


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Advice current as at 4:00 am 18 Jul 2019.

The hurricane season in the Bahamas normally runs from June to November. You should follow the advice of the local authorities and any evacuation orders. You can also monitor the progress of approaching storms from the US National Hurricane Center. See Natural Disasters.

On 26 June 2019 a fatal shark attack took place in The Bahamas: while this is a very rare occurrence, the Bahamian authorities have issued advice urging the public to exercise extreme caution in and around the waters of New Providence, adjacent islands and cays.

UK health authorities have classified the Bahamas as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For more information and advice, visit the website of the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.

Cases of Chikungunya virus have been confirmed in the Bahamas. You should take steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.

Almost 28,000 British nationals visited the Bahamas in 2015. Most visits are trouble-free.

There have been incidents of violent crime including robbery. See Crime.

Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in the Bahamas, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism

Consular support may be limited in the Bahamas as there is no British High Commission office.  However, the British High Commission in Kingston, Jamaica, can provide consular support. See Consular Assistance.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.


Quick Facts Tourist Information for:

The Bahamas
Currency: Bahamian Dollar (BSD)
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Dialling Code: 1
Drive on the: left
Visitors/Tourists: 1,346,000 in 2011
Languages Spoken:
English (official language) 100%

Capital City(s):
Telephone Area Code: 242
Latitude: Longitude:

This tool is being re-developed. The exchange rate is today's; but until development is completed we are using data obtained from a variety of sources in 2013 for the rest of the info, and is not guaranteed to be free of errors - see disclaimer.
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