BAHAMAS, NEW ZEALAND, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, ISSUE U.S. TRAVEL ADVISORY OVER RACIAL TENSIONS
A number of countries have now issued rare travel advisories for citizens visiting the US, recommending particular care for young men in cities affected by tensions over recent police shootings.
After decades of issuing travel warnings to its citizens overseas, America is now experiencing the shoe on the other foot. The US regularly issues travel warnings urging Americans to either avoid or exercise caution in countries marred by violence or political instability.
But now four countries, two of them from the Middle East, The Bahamas and New Zealand, have all dispatched tourist warnings for the US as civil unrest.
The advisory warns citizens to not get involved in protests and avoid crowds. It comes after two black men were shot dead by police in Minnesota and Louisiana, and five officers were killed at a protest in Dallas.
The statement issued by the Bahamas Ministry of Foreign Affairs, tells citizens to “exercise appropriate caution”, especially in cities affected by “tensions… over shootings of young black males by police officers”.
“In particular young males are asked to exercise extreme caution in affected cities in their interactions with the police. Do not be confrontational, and co-operate,” it says.
“Do not get involved in political or other demonstrations under any circumstances and avoid crowds.”
The US regularly issues travel advisories for Americans visiting other countries, but it is rare for nations to issue warnings for their citizens travelling to the US.