Issued by US Department of State
Sep 02, 2004
This Travel Warning is being issued to urge U.S. citizens to avoid travel to The Bahamas at this time due to the threat posed by Hurricane Frances. The Department of State has ordered the departure of non-emergency personnel and eligible family members of U.S. Embassy personnel. This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning of August 31 to reflect the Embassy’s Ordered Departure status.
U.S. citizens in The Bahamas are urged to consider departing until the storm has passed. Flights entering and departing Freeport and Nassau international airports may be suspended at any time. If unable to depart The Bahamas, U.S. citizens are advised to locate shelter, monitor media reports, and follow all official instructions. Visitors to The Bahamas should be familiar with their hotel or cruise ship evacuation plans, policies, or procedures.
The U.S. Embassy in Nassau will be closed to the Public as of noon local time on September 1. Consular officials will be available to provide emergency services to American citizens, but their ability to do so may be severely limited.
Americans living or traveling in The Bahamas are encouraged to register with the Embassy through the State Department’s travel registration website at https://travelregistration.state.gov.Updated information on travel in The Bahamas may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the United States, or from overseas, 1-317-472-2328. For further information please consult the Consular Information Sheet for The Bahamas available via the Internet at http://travel.state.gov or contact the U.S. Embassy in Nassau at (242) 322-1181, after hours (242) 328-2206. Please also see the current Worldwide Caution Public Announcement.