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BAHAMAS COVID-19 TRAVEL UPDATES

Due to fluidity of the COVID-19 situation, both in The Bahamas and worldwide, protocols are subject to change.

The Bahamas is an archipelago with more than 700 islands and cays, spread over 100,000 square miles, which means conditions and instances of the virus can be different on each of the 16 islands available to welcome visitors. All travellers must follow appropriate testing, visa and insurance protocols to be granted entry to any island.

Per the current Emergency Orders, there are restrictions for persons travelling from an island with mandatory lockdown orders in place. A person should not be permitted to travel from an island for which notice has been given of an impending lockdown order or for which additional measures and restrictions have been imposed.

As always, travellers should check the status of their island destination before travelling. 

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STEP 1: Testing Requirements


VACCINATED TRAVELLERS:

  • Effective August 6, 2021, those travelling to The Bahamas from other countries who have been fully vaccinated will be required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test (either a Rapid Antigen Test or PCR), taken no more than five (5) days prior to the date of arrival in The Bahamas. The name and address of the lab where the test was performed must be clearly displayed on the test result.
     

  •  Effective August 6, 2021, all fully vaccinated travellers wishing to travel inter-island within The Bahamas, including Bahamian citizens and residents, will be required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test (either a Rapid Antigen Test or PCR), taken no more than five (5) days prior to the date of travel from the following islands: Nassau & Paradise Island, Grand Bahama, Bimini, Exuma, Abaco, and North and South Eleuthera, including Harbour Island.

UNVACCINATED TRAVELLERS:

  • Unvaccinated travellers ages 12 and older entering The Bahamas and/or those travelling inter-island from Nassau & Paradise Island, Grand Bahama Island, Bimini, Exuma, Abaco, and North and South Eleuthera, including Harbour Island, must obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR (swab) test taken no more than 5 days prior to the date of arrival. Test must return a negative result for entry into The Bahamas.
     

  • As of August 6, 2021, all children, between the ages of 2 and 11, wishing to enter The Bahamas will be required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test (either a Rapid Antigen Test or PCR), taken no more than five (5) days prior to the date of arrival to The Bahamas.
     

  •  All children under the age of 2 are exempt from any testing requirements
     

  •  Negative PCR test results must be uploaded in order to complete a Bahamas Travel Health Visa application, and must be presented upon arrival in The Bahamas.
     

  •  Any person presenting test results older than 5 days will not be allowed entry into The Bahamas.

STEP 2: Bahamas Travel Health Visa Application


All persons travelling to The Bahamas, and those travelling inter-island, are required to apply for a Bahamas Travel Health Visa at travel.gov.bs 

VACCINATED TRAVELLERS:

  • Fully vaccinated travellers will be required to upload negative test results (either a Rapid Antigen Test or PCR), in addition to valid proof of vaccination (such as CDC or government issued vaccine record card).
     

  • Please note: Fully vaccinated persons applying for a Bahamas Travel Health Visa up to and including Thursday, August 5, 2021, will not be subject to a COVID-19 test.   Applications for a Bahamas Travel Health Visa can be submitted 14 days prior to travel; therefore, all applications submitted and approved prior to Friday, August 6, 2021, will be honoured for the purpose of entering The Bahamas. 
     

  • For international travellers, proof of vaccination must confirm they have passed the two-week immunity period. At this time The Bahamas Government will only be accepting vaccines by Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca.
     

  •  Mixed and matched second doses of COVID-19 vaccines of either AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna or even Johnson & Johnson are also accepted.

UNVACCINATED TRAVELLERS:

  • All unvaccinated persons, ages 12 and older, will be required to upload their negative COVID-19 PCR test results. Tests must be taken no more than 5 days prior to the date of arrival.
     

  • Children between the ages of 2 and 11 will be required to upload their negative Rapid Antigen Test or PCR test results.
     

  • Please note: Children ages 2-11 applying for a Bahamas Travel Health Visa up to and including Thursday, August 5, 2021, will not be subject to a COVID-19 test.   Applications for a Bahamas Travel Health Visa can be submitted 14 days prior to travel, therefore, all applications submitted and approved prior to Friday, August 6, 2021, will be honoured for the purpose of entering The Bahamas. 


*Unvaccinated Bahamian citizens or residents planning to travel abroad for five (5) days or less must secure a test in the destination they visited before travelling back to The Bahamas. Any PCR test taken in The Bahamas prior to travel will not be valid for re-entry.

ALL TRAVELLERS: VACCINATED AND UNVACCINATED
 
  • As part of the Bahamas Travel Health Visa application, travellers will be required to opt-in to COVID-19 health insurance that covers them for the duration of their stay in The Bahamas. The cost of insurance is included in the Bahamas Travel Health Visa application fee. 
     

  •  Bahamas Travel Health Visa applications take up to 48 hours to process and should be completed with adequate lead time.
     

  •  The cost of the Bahamas Travel Health Visa is dependent on length of stay and vaccination status.  All travellers eighteen (18) years and older are required to complete an individual Bahamas Travel Health Visa application.
     

  •  Persons seventeen (17) years and younger are to add a profile within the account of their parent or guardian.

DURING TRAVEL

  • Wear a face mask: Entering and transiting terminals, at security and customs screenings, at baggage claim.
     

  • Comply with health monitoring procedures: Any visitor exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms at any time during their stay will be required to take a rapid antigen test and receive a negative result before being permitted to continue with their vacation. If a person tests positive they will be required to follow up with a COVID-19 RT-PCR swab test.

VACCINATED TRAVELLERS
 

  • Effective 6 August 2021, all fully vaccinated travellers wishing to travel within The Bahamas will now be required to obtain a COVID-19 test (Rapid Antigen Test or PCR), with a negative result, five days prior to the travel date from the following islands: New Providence, Grand Bahama, Bimini, Exuma, Abaco and North and South Eleuthera, including Harbour Island.
     

  • Fully vaccinated travellers will be exempt from on-island rapid antigen testing requirements for the duration of their stay, and will not be required to complete a daily Health Questionnaire.

UNVACCINATED TRAVELLERS

  • Effective 6 August 2021, unvaccinated persons wishing to travel within The Bahamas, all persons, who are 12 years and older and who are unvaccinated, will still be required to obtain a PCR test five days prior to the travel date. This now applies to travel from the following islands: New Providence, Grand Bahama, Bimini, Exuma, Abaco and North and South Eleuthera, including Harbour Island.
     

  •  Day 5 Rapid Test: Unvaccinated travellers ages 12 and older who are staying in The Bahamas for longer than four (4) nights and five (5) days will be required to take a rapid COVID-19 antigen test: This also applies to unvaccinated residents and visitors who are travelling inter-island from Nassau & Paradise Island or Grand Bahama Island and are staying in their destination for longer than four (4) nights and five (5) days.
     

  • Children between the ages of 2 and 11 will not be required to take the Day 5 test. 
     

  •  Visitors departing on or before five days will not be required to obtain this test.

  • Daily Health Questionnaire: Unvaccinated persons, ages 12 and older, travelling into and throughout The Bahamas will be required to complete a short daily Health Questionnaire during their stay.
     

  • The questionnaire must be completed upon arrival and each day thereafter for up to 14 days, or the duration of their stay, whichever is shorter. This includes the day of departure if travelling less than 14 days.


CHILDREN & INFANTS

  • All children, between the ages of 2 and 11, wishing to travel within The Bahamas will now be required to obtain a COVID-19 test (Rapid Antigen Test or PCR), with a negative result, five days prior to the travel date from the following islands: New Providence, Grand Bahama, Bimini, Exuma, Abaco and North and South Eleuthera, including Harbour Island.  
     

  • All children, under the age of 2, are exempt from any testing requirements. Domestic travel health visa fees will be waived for all Bahamians and residents traveling within The Bahamas.

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