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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 7/01/21
REQUIREMENTS FOR TRAVELERS, BOATERS AND BAHAMAS MARINAS

UPDATE

Bimini: Curfew now in place from 7 pm to 5 am.  Resorts and restaurants within resorts maintain normal hours and visitors need to remain on the resort and marina premises during these hours.  No date has been announced for the lifting of this curfew.  

The requirement has been removed for RT PCR COVID-19 testing for domestic travel to and from Cat Island, Andros and Grand Bahama.  This requirement was lifted last month for Abaco, Eleuthera and Exuma. Grand Bahama’s daily curfew midnight to 5am. The daily curfew on New Providence 11pm to 5am.

To access the complete Emergency Powers (COVID 19 Pandemic) (Management and Recovery) Order, 2021 visit opm.gov.bs.

The following information remains the same:

Effective May 1, all people traveling to The Bahamas (by air or sea) from outside of The Bahamas will be exempt from taking a COVID 19 test once they are fully vaccinated and have passed the 2 week immunity period.  Fully vaccinated travelers are still required to obtain a Travel Health Visa; however, visa fees for fully vaccinated persons have been reduced for citizens and residents.

For non-vaccinated travelers, to enter The Bahamas, negative RTPCR COVID 19 molecular diagnostic test taken no longer than five (5) days from the date on which the test was taken, are still required.  (The day the test is taken is considered Day Zero.)

Once in possession of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test or proof of full vaccination, all travelers will then be required to apply for a Bahamas Health Travel Visa at travel.gov.bs (click on the International Tab) where the required test must be uploaded. 

Fees for the Bahamas Health Travel Visa are as follows:

  • $40 – Citizens and Returning Residents

    • This fee includes your day-5 rapid antigen test by an authorized* test provider and processing

  • $40 – North American Visitors staying 5-Days or less

    • This fee includes your North American** insurance and processing

  • $50 – International

    • This fee includes your World Wide*** insurance and processing

  • $60 – Visitors staying more than 5-nights.

    • This fee includes your North American** insurance, day-5 rapid antigen test by an authorized* test provider and processing

  • $70 – Visitor staying more than 5-nights

    • This fee includes your World Wide*** insurance, day-5 rapid antigen test by an authorized test provider and processing

  • Free - Children 10 years and under

  • $30 – Extend Trip. If your original trip application was for 5-days or less and you would like to extend your trip or your entered the wrong departure date and require a day-5 test. You can go back to your Travel Profile, click on the approved trip to which you are on and click the Extend Trip button.

    • The fee includes your day-5 rapid antigen test by an authorized* test provider and processing

  • * please visit https://travel.gov.bs/www/static/Testing_Page.pdf to find the an authorized testing center nearest your location

  • ** North American insurance is defined as all travelers with a permeant address within the Continental United States, Canada or is a Bahamian Citizen or Resident living abroad. Please see North American insurance FAQ for more information.

  • ** World Wide is defined as all travelers with a permeant address that is not in North America, The Bahamas or is a Bahamian Citizen or Resident living abroad. Please see World Wide insurance FAQ for more information.

 

If technical difficulties are experienced with the Health Travel Visa website, please call (242) 502-0829 or email healthvisa@bahamas.com.

 

The CDC requires that all air passengers, ages 2 years and older and including returning American citizens, arriving in The United States by airline (commercial and private) will have to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of travel.  The test must be a viral test (NAAT/molecular or antigen test). Proof of immunization will not be sufficient. Be sure to check your specific airline for their exact requirements. 

 

The agency will not require further testing in the three months after a positive test, so long as the traveler has not had any symptoms. In this situation, a passenger may travel with documentation of the positive test result and a letter from a health care provider or a public health official stating that the traveler now has been cleared for travel.  CDC also recommends that international travelers undergo quarantine: get tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home to self-quarantine for 7 days after travel. If you don’t get tested, it’s safest to stay home to self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.

 

The new rules took effect on January 26, 2021 and only applies to air travel into the U.S.  The testing regulations do NOT apply to those traveling by boat.

 

Frequently Asked Questions - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html

Additional Information:

 

  • For all non-vaccinated travelers staying 5-nights or more, it is mandatory to take a rapid antigen on day-5. For the avoidance of doubt the date of your arrival is considered day-1, independent of the time you arrive on that day. The rapid tests are easy, quick and will yield results in 20 minutes or less with results being provided electronically via a QR Code. Visitors departing on Day Five will not be required to obtain this test. Boaters who have entered The Bahamas and are out to sea on the fifth day are required to obtain an Antigen Test at the first port of call thereafter. As a condition of entry into The Bahamas, traveler agrees to complete the Daily Health Survey for a period of 14-days beginning on the day of arrival or the duration of a travelers stay, if less than 14 days.

  • A traveler that answers yes to close contact or acknowledges symptoms in response to the Daily Health Survey, are required to immediately take a rapid antigen test at their own expense and must receive a negative result. Should a traveler receive a positive result they will be immediately subject to the quarantine protocols.

  • Compliance with the daily Health Survey is mandatory and those that fail to comply will be subject to penalties.

  • Citizens and residents who refuse to complete the daily Health Survey will be required to submit to a mandatory quarantine at a government identified facility at their own expense.

  • Visitors who refuse to complete the daily Health Survey will be deported.

Approved ABM Member Marina Testing Sites

 

Tests will also be administered at many medical centers and administration office locations on all major islands. Customs and Immigration offices on the islands will NOT be administering tests. Click here and scroll down for full list: COVID-19 Status - The Bahamas.

If your destination is not on the list, check with the management of your destination Bahamas marina for local testing locations. Additional locations will be added, as approved.
 

American Airlines will provide each passenger traveling to The Bahamas from Miami with a Rapid COVID-19 antigen test before boarding the plane. Tropic Ocean Airways will also be providing this service. These passengers, along with the passengers of any other airlines wishing to provide a similar service, will not be required to complete the Rapid Test upon arrival in The Bahamas.

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 five day period for a valid a RTPCR COVID 19 molecular 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....

Recommended Quick Turn Around COVID-19 RT-PCR Test Sites and Providers – see list: 
https://www.bahamasmarinas.com/post/covid-19-rt-pcr-testing-sites

Select individuals are exempt from RT-PCR testing

  • Children age ten (10) or under. Parent or guardian must provide proof of testing restriction upon arrival.

  • Commercial and private pilots who stay one night.


 

Boaters Requirements once in The Bahamas
  • On arrival (having cleared at local ports of entry), anyone disembarking at a marina will be subject to potential additional screening mandated by Ministry of Health, such as taking of temperature.

  • While clearing Customs & Immigration, crew and passengers are required to wear a mask, covering the nose and mouth.

  • Facial masks covering nose and mouth must be worn at all times off of the marina / resort grounds.  Masks are required in all public places. Fines for all persons, including Bahamians, residents and visitors, not wearing face mask is $250 or a period of one-month imprisonment or both.

  • All Domestic (inter-island) travel needs to be logged in at https://travel.gov.bs for a domestic health visa.  There is no additional charge for this visa. 

  • Restaurants on islands previously prohibited from offering indoor dining may now offer indoor dining to patrons who have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in accordance with the recently released Emergency Powers (COVID 19 Pandemic) (Management and Recovery) Order, 2021.  This applies to New Providence and Abaco.

  • Patrons must provide documentary proof of vaccination. All patrons and employees must continue to adhere to COVID-19 protocols.

  • International travel health visas for fully vaccinated citizens and residents are $10. Domestic travel visas for fully vaccinated travelers are free of charge. 

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

As of July 1, 2020, all pleasure vessels must now clear outbound before leaving. Upon leaving the Master of the Vessel will be granted a Certificate of Clearance. Please clear outwards at the last Port of Entry before you exit The Bahamas. There are NO fees required for the clearance certificate.
 

Boaters are no longer required to notify the BMA at sheltering@bahamasmaritime.com prior to entering the country or if moving to another island.

For more information from the Government of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas. visit www.bahamas.com/tourism-reopening.