Security Awareness for U.S. Citizens Summer Festival Season

The U.S. Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean advises U.S. citizens in Barbados of the need to exercise security awareness as we approach the summer festival season.

With recent increases in firearms-related crimes and gang violence, and press reports of social media posts referencing gun violence at the upcoming Fore-Day Morning Jam festival, the Embassy wants to ensure U.S. citizens are reminded to remain vigilant while enjoying these events.  These events typically bring in large crowds.  Alcohol consumption, loud music, and close physical contact are usually the norm at these events, and can be exploited by criminal elements.  Drug use, theft, assault, robbery and sexual assault incidents all rise during the summer festival season.

For the latest security information, U.S. citizens living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet website at http://travel.state.gov/, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts, and Country-Specific Information for Barbados can be found. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. and Canada or, for callers outside the U.S. and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at http://travel.state.gov. STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the Embassy or nearest consulate.

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados, can be reached during regular business hours (M-F, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) by telephone at (246) 227-4000; by fax at (246) 431-0179; and by e-mail at BridgetownACS@state.gov.  After hours, in case of emergency, a duty officer can be reached by calling the Embassy switchboard at (246) 227-4000 and dialing ext. 2210 to speak to the Marine security guard on duty.