The U.S. Embassy in the Bahamas, affected by Hurricane Dorian, is ready to consider applications from local residents for emergency visas. This is stated in a statement of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
“The U.S. Embassy in Nassau is open to consideration of applications for urgent visas,” it said. “U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the ports of arrival are prepared for the fact that Bahamas residents can request a temporary relocation to the United States.”
The communication sets out the requirements for citizens of the Bahamas who wish to enter the United States. The main one is the presence of valid passports and American entry visas.
To facilitate the arrival of Bahamas residents in the United States, the ministry recommends that transportation companies coordinate evacuations with the authorities of the two countries. The statement notes that the U.S. branch of the Red Cross and the Salvation Army, together with the authorities of Florida, will continue to assist evacuees seeking temporary asylum in the United States.
On Monday, U.S. President Donald Trump warned of the need to be wary of people entering the country from hurricane-hit Bahamas. “Dorian” hit the island nation on September 1. According to the latest figures, the death toll in the archipelago stands at least 44. About 13,000. buildings were damaged or destroyed.