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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 9/24/21
REQUIREMENTS FOR TRAVELERS, BOATERS AND BAHAMAS MARINAS
UPDATE

  1. Today’s Order (Amendment No. 14) removes the requirement for a travel health visa for inter-island travel within The Bahamas.

  2. Vaccinated persons travelling inter-island from New Providence and Grand Bahama will now only be required to produce a negative result of a rapid antigen test of the type approved by the Ministry of Health, and if non-vaccinated, travellers are required to produce a negative result of the RT-PCR test at the point of embarkation to the operator of the airline or vessel on which they are travelling.

  3. For persons travelling inter-island from any other islands of The Bahamas, only a negative result of an antigen test of the type approved by the Ministry of Health is required.

  4. The requirement for secondary testing for inter-island travellers is now removed.

  5. The travel health visa is still required for Bahamian citizens, residents and visitors entering The Bahamas.

  6. The payment of the travel health visa fee is no longer required for Bahamian citizens and residents returning to The Bahamas.

 

The following information remains the same:

Effective Friday, September 17, 2021, new curfew hours will be as follows:

  • On New Providence and Paradise Island, the curfew hours will be from 11:59 p.m. to 5 a.m.

  • On Grand Bahama the curfew hours will be from 11:59 p.m. to 5 a.m.

  • On the Exuma mainland, the curfew will be from 11:59 p.m. to 5 a.m.

  • On the Abaco mainland, curfew hours will be from 11:59 p.m. to 5 a.m.

  • On Bimini: the curfew will now be from 11:59 p.m. to 5 a.m. 

  • The curfew on North and South Eleuthera, including Harbour Island, remains at 11:59 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Resorts and restaurants within resorts maintain normal hours and visitors need to remain on the resort and marina premises during these hours.  

 

Entering The Bahamas

 

Effective Friday, August 6, 2021, those persons applying for a travel health visa to enter The Bahamas or travel within The Bahamas must follow the testing requirements:

Vaccinated Travelers

All fully vaccinated travelers wishing to enter The Bahamas will now be required to obtain a COVID-19 test (Rapid Antigen Test or PCR), with a negative result, within five days of arrival in The Bahamas, along with proof of vaccination. 

 

Unvaccinated Travelers

There are no changes to the testing requirements for unvaccinated persons wishing to enter The Bahamas. All persons, who are 12 years and older and who are unvaccinated, will still be required to obtain a PCR test taken within five days of arrival in The Bahamas.

 

Children and Infants

All children, between the ages of 2 and 11, wishing to enter The Bahamas will now be required to obtain a COVID-19 test (Rapid Antigen Test or PCR), with a negative result, within five days of arrival in The Bahamas.

 

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

Once in possession of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test and 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. For questions, email healthvisa@bahamas.com

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.

 

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. 

 

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 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

​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.

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