Summary

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 is not available from the British High Commission in Nassau.  However, the British High Commission in Kingston, Jamaica, can provide consular support to British nationals. If you’re in the UK and are concerned about a British national in the Bahamas call the FCO on 020 7008 1500. See Consular Assistance.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.