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TRAVEL PROTOCOLS & REQUIREMENTS FOR The BAHAMAS

Below are the procedures currently required by the Government of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas for the entering the country. We will continue to add details as they are announced.

Important Updates 6/16/22
REQUIREMENTS FOR TRAVELERS, BOATERS AND BAHAMAS MARINAS
Travel to and from The Bahamas

 

Effective Sunday, June 19, 2022, Bahamas Travel Health Visas will no longer be required to enter The Bahamas. 

Vaccinated Travelers will no longer need Covid 19 tests to enter The Bahamas. 

Negative Covid tests are STILL required for Unvaccinated Travelers

Unvaccinated travelers ages 2 and older will be required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test - either a negative RT-PCR (PCR, NAA, NAAT, TMA, RNA) or a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) to be presented at check-in.  Tests must be taken no more than three days (72 hours) prior to the date of arrival.

Test results or vaccination cards are to be presented to customs & immigration at port of entry or to the airlines at check-in. 

Effective Sunday, June 12, 2022, the U.S. dropped Covid testing requirement for international travelers.  Travelers are no longer required to show proof of a negative test a day before flying to the U.S.

As of July 1, 2022, all pleasure vessels in possession of a Temporary Cruising Permit (C39) will no longer be required to clear outbound before leaving The Bahamas. 

Full updated official protocols can be found: https://travel.gov.bs/file/travelProtocols

Additional Bahamas Travel Information

Boaters traveling to the Bahamas can arrive in the country outside of the required Health Visa window provided they can demonstrate that they made the voyage directly to the port of entry in The Bahamas without an intervening port.

 

The relevant verbiage is found in Emergency Powers (COVID 19 Pandemic) (No. 13) Order 2020 posted in Dec 1. Para 16. Travel Health Visa (6) which reads in part  

... A person traveling to The Bahamas on a commercial or private vessel whose arrival in The Bahamas extends beyond the diagnostic test result, shall be granted a travel health visa upon application and permitted to enter the Bahamas provided the captain of that vessel can prove at their point of entry into The Bahamas that the vessel’s travel to The Bahamas was a direct one with no prior stops to any other ports of call.... 

​The fine for submitting falsified vaccination records is $10,000 or two years imprisonment, or both.

For more information from the Government of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas. visit https://opm.gov.bs/covid19 or www.bahamas.com/tourism-reopening. 

Please note all travel protocols are subject to change.