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Bahamas Public Announcement

Issued by US Department of State

Sep 08, 2004

This Public Announcement is being issued to alert American citizens to travel conditions in The Bahamas in the aftermath of Hurricane Frances. This Public Announcement replaces the Travel Warning issued September 1, 2004. It expires on September 30, 2004.

Grand Bahama International Airport in Freeport suffered substantial wind and water damage during the storm. The airport is expected to be closed for one week. The majority of Grand Bahama is without power or phone service, and there is a shortage of drinking water. Public services are minimal throughout the island and non-existent in many places. The Embassy advises U.S. citizens to consider postponing travel to Grand Bahama until basic services are restored.

Many of the Family Islands that comprise the Bahamian archipelago also suffered substantial wind and water damage, particularly Eleuthera, Cat Island and San Salvador Island. U.S. citizens are advised to consult with local administrators on the islands before scheduling travel.

In Nassau, both the airport and seaport have re-opened. Public services have resumed and roads are passable. The Embassy is open with a reduced staff. The Customs and Border Protection Pre-Clearance Facility at Nassau Airport remains closed. Travelers should check with their airlines about specific flight schedules.

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.

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