Why some are second-guessing their trip to the Caribbean

EYEWITNESS NEWS (WBRE/WYOU) — The United States Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs has issued a travel advisory for multiple countries outside of the United States.

The Bahamas is just one of the many countries where the government has issued an advisory. Officials say the Bahamas is listed as a level two travel advisory.

A level two travel advisory means to “exercise increased caution” when in this country. The advisory has been issued due to the increased crime in the Bahamas.

U.S. Officials say, most of the crimes are happening in Nassau and Freeport islands due to “gang-on-gang” violence resulting in high homicide rates. In tourist areas, the crime rate for burglaries, armed robberies, and sexual assaults is at a high.

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One of the countries the government agency has issued a level three travel advisory for is Jamaica.

According to the U.S. Department of State, as of January 23, the latest update is a level three travel advisory that means to “reconsider travel.”

The U.S. Department of State says they are suggesting you reconsider travel due to the crime and varied access to medical services in Jamaica. Medicare and Medicaid do not apply overseas and most hospitals in this country do not accept U.S. health insurance, officials note.

Crime rates for home invasions, armed robberies, and homicides are high. Also, sexual assaults occur frequently including at all-inclusive resorts, officials add.

Other countries on level three advisory:

  • Honduras

  • Colombia

  • Egypt

  • Trinidad

  • El Salvador

  • Nigeria

For more information regarding these countries, visit the U.S. Department of State website.

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