Bahamas issues travel advisory for U.S., urging ‘extreme caution’

On the heels of nationwide protests against police violence, the Bahamas issued a travel advisory on Friday for its citizens visiting the U.S., urging them to avoid “political or other demonstrations under any circumstances.”

The Bahamian Ministry of Foreign Affairs advised young men in particular to “exercise extreme caution in affected cities.”

And in interactions with the police, “Do not be confrontational and cooperate,” the advisory warned.

The advisory from the Bahamas, a former British colony with a population that is nearly 91 percent black, came two days before the country’s Independence Day holiday on June 10 and after Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were killed by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Falcon Heights, Minnesota, respectively.

Their deaths launched protests across the country, including one in Dallas during which five officers were killed by a gunman, which added to a growing tension between police and protesters.

U.S.-issued travel advisories are common occurrences — the State Department has issued five just this month, most recently in response to violence in Venezuela and Iraq — but it’s relatively rare for other countries to caution their residents traveling to the U.S.

Last summer, amid protests that followed several high-profile incidents of police violence, France issued a similar advisory reminding tourists to the U.S. to “keep calm in all circumstances,” especially when guns are involved.