Three countries caution travellers to the US

Peter Terlato 12 July 2016

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Bahamas, Bahrain and UAE all issue travel warnings following shootings.

Three countries have officially issued travel warnings for the United States, urging visitors to avoid protests and rallies, large gatherings and confrontations with police.

The advice comes less than a week after the shooting deaths of two African-Americans by police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and St. Paul, Minnesota. Following these fatalities, a lone gunman shot and killed five police officers, and injured more, during a protest in Dallas, Texas.

The Bahamas, whose population is 90% black, issued a general warning of caution, especially to the affected cities.

"In particular young males are asked to exercise extreme caution in affected cities in their interactions with the police. Do not be confrontational and cooperate," it noted.

In a message not dissimilar to those issued by the United States travel advisory, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Embassy warned its citizens to remain vigilant and avoid crowded places when possible.

"Exercise particular caution during large festivals or events, be alert and stay safe," the statement said. In a brief tweet over the weekend, the Bahrain Embassy warned its citizens in the US to be "cautious of protests or crowded areas".

The US has issued its own advice for citizens visiting Bangladesh and South Sudan, citing extremist events and ongoing conflict as reasons to avoid travel to these countries.

Australia's advice for travel to the US hasn't changed. If you're planning to travel to the US, it's easy to compare various insurance options, get a quote and take out cover.

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