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Health care

Vaccinations

Vaccination needed receipt required
yellow fever 1
cholera no
Typhoid & Polio 2
malaria 3
Eat Drink 4

Overview

There are public and private hospitals on New Providence and Grand Bahama, and medical centers on the Out Islands. Taking out travel health insurance with repatriation in an emergency is recommended despite the relatively good medical care. An individual first-aid kit should be taken with you and protected according to the temperatures on the way.Check indexdotcom for more information.

Notes vaccinations

[1] A vaccination certificate against yellow fever is required for all travelers who are over one year old and wish to enter the country within 6 days of staying in an infected area designated by the WHO. Excluded are travelers who have not left the transit area in the infected areas and transit passengers in the Bahamas who do not leave the transit area. [2] Typhoid fever can occur. Typhoid vaccination is recommended for backpacking and long-term stays. [3] Malaria infections last occurred in the Bahamas in 2011. Mosquito repellent should be considered, but malaria prophylaxis is not recommended. [4] Tap water is usually heavily chlorinated and not suitable for drinking. It’s best to drink bottled water, which is widely available. When buying packaged water, you should make sure that the original packaging has not been opened. milk is pasteurized; Dairy products are therefore just as suitable for consumption as local meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables. Caution should be exercised before consuming reef fish and seafood that is offered as a deli in dining restaurants because of possible algae poisoning. When buying packaged water, you should make sure that the original packaging has not been opened. milk is pasteurized; Dairy products are therefore just as suitable for consumption as local meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables. Caution should be exercised before consuming reef fish and seafood that is offered as a deli in dining restaurants because of possible algae poisoning. When buying packaged water, you should make sure that the original packaging has not been opened. milk is pasteurized; Dairy products are therefore just as suitable for consumption as local meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables. Caution should be exercised before consuming reef fish and seafood that is offered as a deli in dining restaurants because of possible algae poisoning. Fruit and vegetables. Caution should be exercised before consuming reef fish and seafood that is offered as a deli in dining restaurants because of possible algae poisoning. Fruit and vegetables. Caution should be exercised before consuming reef fish and seafood that is offered as a deli in dining restaurants because of possible algae poisoning.

Other risks

The standard vaccinations for children and adults recommended by the Robert Koch Institute (including against tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), mumps, measles, rubella, pneumococci, poliomyelitis and influenza) should be refreshed before the trip if necessary. Chikungunya fever, also transmitted by mosquitoes, occurs nationwide. Mosquito repellent is required. Dengue fever occurs nationwide. A mosquito repellent is therefore recommended. Hepatitis A and hepatitis B occur. A hepatitis A vaccination is generally recommended. Vaccination against hepatitis B should be given during longer stays and close contact with the local population, as well as for children and young people in general. HIV/AIDS is widespread and a great danger for everyone who takes the risk of infection: Unprotected sexual contacts, unclean syringes or cannulas and blood transfusions can pose a significant health risk. The Zika virus is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. Symptoms include fever, joint pain and conjunctivitis. The infection often goes unnoticed or only has mild symptoms. The isolated deaths documented so far were mainly related to other pre-existing conditions. The American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises pregnant women against non-essential travel to areas with current Zika outbreaks because the virus is suspected of causing microcephaly in the unborn child. There is neither a vaccination nor a medicinal prophylaxis. Consistent compliance with personal mosquito protection measures is recommended.

Money

Currency

1 Bahamian dollar = 100 cents. Currency code: B$, BSD (ISO code). Notes are available in denominations of B$100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 3, 1 and ½; Coins in denominations of 25, 15, 10, 5 and 1 cent. The Bahamian dollar is tied to the US dollar, which is also accepted as official tender.

Credit cards

Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Diners Club are accepted. Details from the issuer of the relevant credit card.

ATMs

Girocard The Girocard (formerly ec card) with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbol is accepted worldwide. It can be used at ATMs with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbols, which are found at medium density in tourist areas in the Bahamas. In shops, customers in the Bahamas pay in cash or by credit card. Further information from banks and credit institutes. Attention: Travelers who want to pay with their bank customer card abroad and withdraw money should find out from their bank about the possibility of using their card before starting their journey.

Travelers cheques

Traveller’s checks are no longer available in Germany and Switzerland and are rarely available in Austria. Traveller’s checks should be made out in US dollars.

Bank opening hours

Mon-Thu 09.30-15.00, Fri 09.30-17.00.

Foreign exchange regulations

A permit from the Central Bank of the Bahamas is required to import local currency. The import and export of foreign currencies is unlimited, declaration obligation from a sum equivalent to US$ 10,000. Export of local currency is limited to B$70 per person.

Currency Exchange

Foreign currencies can be exchanged in banks and exchange offices. We recommend taking euros and US dollars with you in cash. There are ATMs on the larger islands at airports, banks and casinos.

Currencies

Code Symbol Exchange rates (no guarantee)
BSD B$ 1 EUR = 1.00 B$
1 CHF = 1.00 B$
1 USD = 1.00 B$
USD U.S$ 1 EUR = US$1.00
1 CHF = US$1.00
1 USD = US$1.00

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