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Most people can enter the Bahamas without a visa, including citizens of the US, Canada, the UK, the EU, and many Asian nations. Permits are typically granted for a 90-day stay and passports should be valid for at least six months. If you need a visa, apply at a British embassy or consulate in your country of residence. Those arriving from high risk areas may need to show vaccination certificates, but the vast majority of visitors won’t need any inoculations prior to visiting.

Health and Safety

Health and safety worries in the Bahamas are minimal, although there are obvious risks, such as the water and petty crime. Special vaccinations are not necessary, while food in restaurants is generally of a high standard. You can even drink the tap water, but it is recommended to stick with bottled water due to different minerals.

Hospitals in the main cities of Nassau (New Providence) and Freeport (Grand Bahama) are good, though payment will be required upfront so travel insurance is a must. Pharmacies are available in all towns, as well as in the large hotel resorts.

Crime can be an issue in areas of Nassau and Freeport, but tourists typically don’t happen across undesirable downtown areas by night. Violent crime towards tourists is rare, and although there is a drugs problem, tourists are unlikely to encounter this during their stay.

The sun is the main thing to be aware of while holidaying in the Bahamas. It is always warm and the sun is intense, so use sun block, even if sightseeing where you will likely be covered up. Take precautions when engaging in water sports and stick to beaches with lifeguards if you have young kids.

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