The United States regularly issues travel advice to Americans and often urges them to exercise caution or altogether avoid visiting countries marred by political unrest. Little did it know it would soon be one of the countries deemed unsafe for tourists.
Now the Bahamas, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and New Zealand have issued warnings of their own and have urged travelers to steer clear away from large crowds and protests because of the potential for violence.
The advisory comes on the heels of the high tension between the black community and police officers that compounded after a black man opened fire on the Dallas police officers during a peaceful protest, killing five.
The Bahamas was the first nation to announce a warning against the potentially fatal consequence of interacting with American police officers.
Bahamians were expected to travel to the U.S. during the weekend to celebrate the Bahamian Independence Day. Considering the fact that 91 percent of Bahamians are black, it’s obvious the government found it worthwhile to alert its citizens to the current race relation tensions in America.
The government of the black-majority Caribbean nation urged in a statement released on Friday to “exercise extreme caution in affected cities in their interactions with the police ... Do not be confrontational and cooperate.”
Bahamians urged to exercise 'extreme caution' against US police - Press TV https://t.co/85Y6MvYc2z— Bahamas Meta Guide (@bs_meta_guide) July 11, 2016
During the weekend, the Bahrain Embassy in Washington, D.C., tweeted out a cautionary message to its citizens visiting the U.S. to stay vigilant around crowds.
Please be cautious of protests or crowded areas occurring around the US. Emergencies call the embassy at 202.342.1111 ext9 or 202.297.0537— Bahrain Embassy (@BahrainEmbDC) July 9, 2016
The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates urges citizens “to please stay away from any ongoing or planned demonstrations and protests in cities around the United States. Please be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid crowded places when possible. Exercise particular caution during large festivals or events, be alert and stay safe.”
These aren’t the only countries concerned over the safety of their citizens. Countries like New Zealand, Australia, Austria, China, Russia and Belgium have already noted firearm possession and violent crimes are higher in the United States than in their own country and have issued broad precautions for their residents. However, a few of the countries, New Zealand included, have given out more specific alerts, akin to the warning issued by Bahrain and U.A.E., in response to the current political scenario.
“Wherever you are, you should keep yourself informed about the latest alerts and stay aware of your surroundings in areas where large numbers of people congregate, such as shopping malls, markets, monuments, tourist destinations, demonstrations, public events and on any public transport,” New Zealand safe travel advisory states.
Some Twitter users have pointed out the fact how the tables have turned on the U.S. now that safe travel advisories are being issued by other countries.
Other countries are now starting to issue travel safety alerts & warnings about travel to the United States. Just gonna let that sink in.— Allison Bills (@Arlsonbilliams) July 10, 2016
You know it's bad when other nations are issuing travel warnings for their black male citizens in regards to the US.— Milly from The Creek (@2Saintsss) July 10, 2016