Event: Updated Entry and Travel Protocols – The Bahamian government announced changes to its mandatory entry requirements for individuals who are fully vaccinated at least two (2) weeks prior to their entry date.
Due to the nature of the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, entry, travel and health requirements for The Bahamas are subject to modification at any time. This Health Alert does not constitute a substitution of the official guidance of the Bahamian government, currently available at https://www.bahamas.com/tourismreopening,https://www.bahamas.com/pressroom/islands-bahamas-announces-updated-travel-and-entry-protocols, https://www.facebook.com/opmbs/ and https://opm.gov.bs/.
VACCINATED TRAVELLERS: Effective May 1, 2021, visitors travelling to The Bahamas from other countries who were fully vaccinated at least two (2) weeks prior to their planned entry date will be exempted from COVID-19 testing requirements for entry and inter-island travel. Fully vaccinated travelers will be required to upload proof of full vaccination into the mandatory Travel Health Visa Application.
UNVACCINATED TRAVELLERS: Unvaccinated travelers entering The Bahamas and/or those traveling inter-island from Nassau and Paradise Island, Grand Bahama Island, Abaco, Eleuthera or Harbour Island, must obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR swab test taken no more than five (5) days prior to the date of arrival. Children 10 and under, and pilots and crew of commercial airlines who remain overnight in The Bahamas are not required to present PCR test results. Unvaccinated travelers are required to upload their negative COVID-19 PCR test results in to the mandatory Travel Health Visa Application.
ALL TRAVELLERS, VACCINATED AND UNVACCINATED, are required to:
- Apply for a Bahamas Health Travel Visa at travel.gov.bs.
- Undergo Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Testing* (if applicable based on length of stay and vaccination status): All unvaccinated persons who enter The Bahamas or are travelling inter-island from Nassau and Paradise Island or Grand Bahama Island, and are staying in their destination for longer than four (4) nights and five (5) days will be required to take a rapid COVID-19 antigen test. * Beginning May 1, 2021, all vaccinated travelers are exempt from rapid antigen testing requirements
- Complete a Daily Health Survey: All persons traveling into and throughout The Bahamas will be required to complete a short Health Survey each day depending on the length of their stay.
Actions to Take:
- Check http://bahamas.com/tourism-reopening regularly for updates on travel requirements and https://www.bahamas.com/pressroom/protocols-entry-bahamas.For questions, contact the Ministry of Tourism COVID-19 travel hotline at +1-242-502-0829 or email@example.com, Monday through Friday during business hours.
- Follow the instructions and regulations coming from the Bahamian government; please consult https://www.facebook.com/opmbs/ and https://opm.gov.bs/ for the latest information on COVID-19 from the Government of The Bahamas.
- Visit the U.S. Embassy COVID-19 Information Page for information on conditions in The Bahamas.
- Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information and recommendations for travelers and high-risk populations.
- See the CDC’s latest recommendations for preventing the spread of COVID-19.
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website for up-to-date information on travel restrictions to the United States.
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