Health and Diseases in the Bahamas

By | November 3, 2021

When entering from a yellow fever area, a valid yellow fever vaccination is required for all travelers older than 12 months.

The Federal Foreign Office also recommends vaccination against tetanus, hepathitis A and diphtheria, and vaccination against hepatitis B for stays of more than 4 weeks and / or special exposure.

The standard vaccinations should be up to date according to the recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute.

Dengue

Dengue fever is transmitted by diurnal mosquitoes and occurs from time to time in epidemics in the Bahamas. Occasionally, dengue fever leads to serious damage to health with fatal consequences. There are no vaccinations against dengue, the only protection is to prevent mosquitoes from biting you.

Malaria

In the spring of 2008 there were two more cases of malaria on the island of Great Exuma, the malaria pathogen may spread further (however, due to the low mosquito population in the Bahamas, this is not very likely). In the past, the Bahamas were considered to be malaria-free, but malaria diseases have already occurred on this island in recent years (probably malaria tropica (Plasmosium falciparum). Apart from Great Exuma, however, no other Bahamas islands have been affected by malaria so far. that the pathogen was introduced into the native mosquito population from Haiti. The authorities of the Bahamas are carrying out control measures. Basically, it is assumed. Most European advisors do not recommend chemoprpohylaxis for travel to the Bahamas, in theHowever, it is repeatedly recommended temporarily in the USA. If you develop a fever during or up to three months after traveling to the Bahamas, seek medical advice immediately who can test to verify a possible malaria infection.

In addition to malaria, mosquitoes transmit other infectious diseases, which is recommended as preventive protection when traveling in Argentina

  • to wear light-colored clothing covering the whole body (long trousers and shirts),
  • Regularly apply insect repellent to all exposed parts of the body
  • to use a mosquito net

HIV / AIDS

The risk of a life-threatening infection with HIV / AIDS always arises from sexual contact and drug use (for example unclean cannulas or syringes or cannulas). The use of condoms is therefore always recommended, especially with casual acquaintances.

In the Bahamas, be sure to follow thorough hygiene measures when consuming fruit, fish, meat, seafood and vegetables. The tap water is heavily chlorinated and cannot be recommended as drinking water. Virtually all grocery stores sell bottled drinking water.

Medical supplies

According to ehealthfacts, although medical care in the Bahamas is relatively good, it is important to have international travel health insurance before you travel. Make sure that return transport is also covered in an emergency.

In addition to my general disclaimer, please note the following important note:

A guarantee for the correctness and completeness of the medical information and liability for any damage that may occur cannot be assumed. You stay responsible for your healthy.

Bahamas – important addresses

Bahamas Tourist Office: c / o Herzog HC Marketing,
Friesstrasse 3, 60388 Frankfurt / M.
Telephone: (069) 42 08 90 49, Fax: (069) 42 08 90 27
email: [email protected]
Opening times: Mon – Fri 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
(the Bahamas Tourist Office in Germany also processes inquiries from the German-speaking Swiss and Austria).

High Commission of the Bahamas in Great Britain (with visa issuance): Ms. Julie Campbell Chargé d’affaires ai (Counselor),

10 Chesterfield Street, Bahamas House, London WIA 8AH, Great Britain
Telephone Consular Service: 0044 – 20 76 59 08 29
email: [email protected] Hours of Operation
: Mon – Fri 9.30am – 5.30pm, Consular Section Hours: Mon – Fri 10.00am – 1 p.m.
(the High Commission of the Bahamas in Great Britain is also responsible for Germany and Austria)

British Consulate General in Germany (with visa issuing for the Bahamas): Yorckstraße 19,

40476 Düsseldorf
Telephone: Headquarters: (0211) 944 80, Visa hotline for a fee: (0900) 170 06 11, Fax: Headquarters: (0211) 48 81 90, Visa matters: 944 81 98
email: [email protected] uk
Opening times: Public: Mon – Fri 7.30 a.m. – 11.00 a.m., telephone information Mon – Fri 9 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.

British Consulate General in Switzerland (with visa issuing for the Bahamas): 37-39 Rue de Vermont,

CH-1211 Geneva
Telephone: (022) 918 24 00 (head office), 918 24 26 (visa department). Fax: (022) 918 23 22
Opening times: Mon – Fri
8.30 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m. Visa matters: Public traffic: Mon – Fri 8.30 a.m. – 11.30 a.m., telephone information: Mon – Fri 2.30 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.

Honorary Consulate of the Bahamas in Switzerland (without issuing a visa): Bahnhofplatz 9,

CH-8023 Zurich
Postal address: PO Box 6075, CH-8023 Zurich
Telephone: (044) 226 40 42. Fax: (044) 226 40 43
E-Mail: [email protected]

Honorary Consulate of Germany in the Bahamas : Hermann-Josef Hermanns, Honorary Consul, c / o Banque SCS Alliance Nassau Ltd.,

Alliance House, East Bay Street, Nassau
Postal address: Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany, PO Box N 1724, Nassau, Bahamas
Telephone: (001 242) 394 61 61, Fax: (001 242) 394 62 62

Germany does not have its own embassy in the Bahamas, the responsible German embassy is in Kingston (see Jamaica – important addresses).

Consulate of Switzerland in the Bahamas: Goodman’s Bay Corporate Center,

West Bay Street & Sea View Drive, Nassau
Postal address: PO Box CB-10976, Nassau
Telephone: 502 22 00. Fax: 502 23 00
Email: [email protected]

The responsible consulate general of Switzerland is located in Montreal (see Canada – important addresses).

Austria does not have its own diplomatic representation in the Bahamas. The Austrian embassy in Washington, USA (see USA – important addresses) is responsible for the Bahamas.

Health and Diseases in the Bahamas