Two More Countries Warn Its Citizens About Traveling To U.S. Amid Race Issues
Over the weekend, we reported that the Caribbean island of the Bahamas issued a travel warning to its citizens who have plans to vacation in the United States after the recent deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. The notice stated: “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration has taken note of the recent tensions in some American cities over shootings of young Black males by police officers. We wish to advise all Bahamians traveling to the US but especially to the affected cities to exercise appropriate caution generally.”
Joining in similar efforts to protect their citizens, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have both issued warnings regarding racial profiling and being present in crowded areas or protests. Condé Nast Traveler reports that the Bahrain’s embassy in Washington, D.C. wrote on Twitter:
Earlier this year, England issued a traveling warning to its LGBTQ residents about traveling to both Mississippi and North Carolina, two U.S. states that passed anti-discrimination legislation against the transgender and gay/lesbian community. The advisory told residents that if they are traveling with their partner to these states, public displays of affection should be kept at a minimum and they should be cautious about traveling to rural areas, as well.
Ironically, the United States has issued several travel warnings and alerts over the past month for Yemen, Haiti, Kenya, Laos, and Bangladesh without acknowledging the violence occurring on its homefront.