The Bahamas is a member of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, Association of Caribbean States, Caribbean Community (though not the CARICOM Single Market and Economy), Non-Aligned Movement, Organization of American States and United Nations.
Traffic drives on the left and car hire is available on the larger islands to drivers aged 25 or over. A foreign driving licence can be used for the first three months of stay. The wearing of seat belts is mandatory.
Air-conditioned ferries and scheduled flights run between the principal islands, and air charter services are available.
Minibuses (Jitneys) operate in Freeport and Nassau. Taxis are the main form of transport on the smaller islands, where there is no public transport. Most taxis are metered and rates are government-controlled.
Prevalent diseases where appropriate precautionary measures are recommended include dengue fever, hepatitis A and hepatitis B.
There were 1,363,000 tourist arrivals in 2013.