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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Prior to Departing for The Bahamas:
Everyone travelling to The Bahamas must obtain a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR (swab) test taken no more than 5 days prior to the date of arrival. The day the test is taken is considered day zero. Test must return a negative result for entry into The Bahamas.
Children 10 and under, and pilots and crew of commercial airlines who remain overnight in The Bahamas, are not required to take a test.
Negative PCR test results must be uploaded in order to complete a Bahamas 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.
Once in possession of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test, travellers can apply for their required Bahamas Travel Health Visa at travel.gov.bs. (Click on International Tab)
As part of the 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 Travel Health Visa application fee.
Travel Health Visa applications take up to 48 hours to process and should be completed with adequate lead time.
The cost of the Travel Health Visa is dependent on length of stay.
*A Bahamas citizen or resident 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 RT-PCR test taken in The Bahamas prior to travel will not be valid for re-entry.
Is a Bahamas Travel Health Visa required for domestic inter-island travellers?
Yes, all those travelling inter-island – both residents and visitors – will be required to complete an electronic Travel Health Visa, via the domestic or international sections, as appropriate.
Domestic travellers from Nassau & Paradise Island or Grand Bahama Island to any other island are required to first obtain a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR (swab) test taken no more than five (5) days prior to the date of arrival.
A person who has entered The Bahamas and is transiting through Nassau & Paradise Island or Grand Bahama Island to an Out Island, within a period of less than 24-hours, does not need to apply for a second Travel Health Visa.
*The cost of the Travel Health Visa is dependent on length of stay.
Failure to Follow Protocol:
All Rules and Regulations are being enforced:
Travellers who do not complete a Bahamas Travel Health Visa or present COVID-19 RT-PCR Test with a negative result will be denied entry.
Travellers who show symptoms of COVID-19 may be transferred to an area away from others for further testing and evaluation, and quarantine may be required by health personnel.
A $200 fine or a penalty of one month imprisonment, or both, is to be enforced for visitors or residents found not wearing face masks in areas where it is required.