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The health and wellbeing of all who enter or reside in The Bahamas remains the number one priority, and diligent efforts are enforced to minimize the spread of COVID-19. The following travel and entry protocols have been put in place to ensure The Bahamas is a safe and clean destination for all to enjoy.

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  • Pre-Departure & Arrival
  • During Travel
  • On-Island Experience
  • Cruise Passengers
  • Failure to Follow Protocol
Pre-Departure & Arrival

Prior to Departing for The Bahamas:

Pre Departure

Last Updated on : 14 January 2022 3:55 PM EST

STEP 1: Testing Requirements 

Please Note: Effective 27 December 2021, any person presenting test results older than three days (72 hours) will not be allowed entry into The Bahamas.

VACCINATED TRAVELLERS 

  • Effective 27 December 2021, fully vaccinated persons travelling to The Bahamas from other countries will be required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test (either a Rapid Antigen Test or RT-PCR Test —including PCR, NAA, NAAT, TMA, or RNA), taken no more than three days (72 hours) prior to the date of arrival to The Bahamas.
  • Please Note: The Bahamas has suspended the mandatory COVID-19 RT-PCR testing requirement for vaccinated travellers, which was expected to take effect on 7 January 2022. Rapid Antigen tests will continue to be accepted for fully vaccinated persons.
  • Effective 27 December 2021, fully vaccinated persons travelling inter-island (domestic) within The Bahamas from New Providence (Nassau), Paradise Island, Grand Bahama Island (Freeport), Eleuthera or Inagua are required to obtain a negative COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test or COVID-19 RT-PCR Test, taken no more than three days (72 hours) prior to the date of travel.

UNVACCINATED TRAVELLERS

  • Effective 27 December 2021, unvaccinated travellers, ages 12 and older, entering The Bahamas must obtain a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR Test (including PCR, NAA, NAAT, TMA or RNA) test taken no more than three days (72 hours) prior to the date of arrival.
  • Effective 27 December 2021, children between the ages of 2 and 11 are required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test (either a Rapid Antigen Test or RT-PCR Test), taken no more than three days (72 hours) prior to the date of arrival to The Bahamas.
  • Please Note: The Bahamas has suspended the mandatory COVID-19 RT-PCR testing requirement for children ages 2-11, which was expected to take effect on 7 January 2022. Rapid Antigen tests will continue to be accepted for this age group.
  • Children under the age of 2 are exempt from any testing requirements
  • Effective 27 December 2021, non-vaccinated persons travelling inter-island within The Bahamas from New Providence (Nassau), Paradise Island, Grand Bahama Island (Freeport), Eleuthera or Inagua are required to obtain a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test, taken no more than three days (72 hours) prior to the date of travel, and present to the operator of the airline or vessel on which they are travelling.

STEP 2: Bahamas Travel Health Visa Application

All visitors travelling to The Bahamas are required to apply for a Bahamas Travel Health Visa at travel.gov.bs.

  • Effective 1 October 2021, a Travel Health Visa is no longer required for inter-island travel within The Bahamas. 
  • As of 13 December 2021, the Travel Health Visa requirement for citizens and residents was discontinued. Instead, Bahamian citizens and residents are required to present a negative COVID-19 test at check in prior to departure to The Bahamas.

VACCINATED TRAVELLERS

  • Fully vaccinated visitors are required to upload negative COVID-19 test results (either a Rapid Antigen Test or RT-PCR Test) in addition to valid proof of vaccination confirming they have passed the two-week immunity period (such as CDC or government issued vaccine record card).
    • At this time, the Bahamas Government will only be accepting vaccinations by AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria/Covishield), Janseen (Johnson & Johnson), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Moderna (Spikevax), Sinopharm, Covaxin or Sinovac.

    UNVACCINATED TRAVELLERS

    • Effective 27 December 2021, all unvaccinated visitors, ages 12 and older, are required to upload their negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test results. Tests must be taken up to three days (72 hours) prior to the date of arrival. 
    • Effective 27 December 2021, Children between the ages of 2 and 11 are required to upload their negative COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test or COVID-19 RT-PCR test results. Tests must be taken up to three days (72 hours) prior to the date of arrival.

    ALL BAHAMIAN RESIDENTS & CITIZENS 

    • All Bahamian citizens or residents planning to travel abroad for two (2) days or more must secure a test in the destination they visited before travelling back to The Bahamas. Any COVID-19 RT-PCR or COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test taken in The Bahamas prior to travel will not be valid for re-entry unless a person travels from The Bahamas and returns within a period of 24-hours.

    ALL VISITORS

    • As part of the Bahamas Travel Health Visa application, travellers will be required to opt in to the COVID-19 health insurance that covers them for the duration of their stay in The Bahamas, up to one (1) month. The cost of insurance is included in the Bahamas Travel Health Visa application fee. 
    • Bahamas Travel Health Visa applications can take up to 24 hours to process and should be completed with adequate lead time.
    • The cost of the Bahamas Travel Health Visa is dependent on length of stay and vaccination status.
    • All visitors eighteen (18) years and older are required to complete an individual Bahamas Travel Health Visa application.
    • Persons seventeen (17) years and younger are to add a profile within the account of their parent or guardian and complete an individual Bahamas Travel Health Visa application.

    Check your visa application status

    GREEN | Approved Health Visa

    Must present confirmation on arrival

    YELLOW | Pending Health Visa

    Application requires additional review

    RED | Denied Health Visa

    Entry not permitted

    During Travel
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    Please Note: effective 4 January 2022, all travellers, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, who are staying in The Bahamas for longer than 48 hours will be required to take a COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test.

    While travelling to The Bahamas & once arrived the following protocols must be followed:

    Wear a face mask:

    • Entering and transiting terminals, at security and customs screenings, at baggage claim

    Comply with health monitoring procedures: 

      • Any visitor exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms at any time during their stay will be required to take a Rapid Antigen Test and receive a negative result before being permitted to continue with their vacation.
      • If a person tests positive, they will be required to follow up with a COVID-19 RT-PCR test.

    VACCINATED TRAVELLERS

    • Effective 4 January 2022, all persons remaining in the Bahamas for longer than 48 hours (regardless of vaccination status) will be required to undergo a rapid antigen test within 48 hours (two nights) of arrival into The Bahamas. 
    • The day of arrival is considered Day 1 of a person’s stay.
    • The COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Tests are easy, quick and will yield results in 60 minutes or less with results being provided electronically via SMS text message and/or email.
    • An island-by-island list of approved testing sites is available at Bahamas.com/travelupdates

    Any visitor who exhibits COVID-19 symptoms upon arrival or at any time during their stay will be required to take a COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test and receive a negative result before being permitted to continue with their vacation.

    • If a person tests positive, they will be required to follow up with a COVID-19 RT-PCR Test. 
      • If a person test negative with the follow-up COVID-19 RT-PCR Test, they are permitted to continue with their vacation.
      • If a person test positive with the follow-up COVID-19 RT-PCR Test, they will be required to isolate for 5-14 days depending on the severity of the symptoms.

    UNVACCINATED TRAVELLERS

    • Effective 4 January 2022, all persons remaining in the Bahamas for longer than 48 hours (regardless of vaccination status) will be required to undergo a rapid antigen test within 48 hours (two nights) of arrival into The Bahamas. 
    • The day of arrival is considered Day 1 of a person’s stay.
    • The Rapid Antigen Tests are easy, quick and will yield results in 60 minutes or less with results being provided electronically via SMS text message and/or email.
    • An island-by-island list of approved testing sites is available at Bahamas.com/travelupdates
    • Daily Health Questionnaire: Unvaccinated persons, ages 12 and older, travelling into and throughout The Bahamas will be required to complete a short daily Health Questionnaire during their stay.
      • The questionnaire must be completed upon arrival and each day thereafter for up to 14 days, or the duration of their stay, whichever is shorter.
        • This includes the day of departure, if travelling less than 14 days.

    Any visitor who exhibits COVID-19 symptoms upon arrival or at any time during their stay will be required to take a COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test and receive a negative result before being permitted to continue with their vacation.

    • If a person tests positive, they will be required to follow up with a COVID-19 RT-PCR Test.
      • If a person test negative with the follow-up COVID-19 RT-PCR Test, they are permitted to continue with their vacation.
      • If a person test positive with the follow-up COVID-19 RT-PCR Test, they will be required to isolate for 7-14 days depending on the severity of the symptoms. Having a consultation with a Public Health Official and receiving a release from isolation.

      Check your visa application status

      GREEN | Approved Health Visa

      Must present confirmation on arrival

      YELLOW | Pending Health Visa

      Application requires additional review

      RED | Denied Health Visa

      Entry not permitted

      On-Island Experience
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      Once on Island:

      Wear a face mask and physical distance when in public places:

      • When travelling in a taxi or on a bus, when standing in lines, when entering any establishment, while entering or exiting a restaurant
      • When entering and exiting beaches (not required on the beach)
      • Before and after exercise (masks must be visible on your person during exercise)

      Abide by all protocols and restrictions as outlined in the most recent Health Services Rules:

      • Some islands may be following different rules than others,
      • Travellers should check the status of their island destination before travelling, by visiting Bahamas.com/travelupdates.

      Check your visa application status

      GREEN | Approved Health Visa

      Must present confirmation on arrival

      YELLOW | Pending Health Visa

      Application requires additional review

      RED | Denied Health Visa

      Entry not permitted

      Cruise Passengers

      Please note: Effective Friday, 3 September 2021, all cruise ship passengers ages 12 and older must be fully vaccinated to enter a port in The Bahamas, including a cruise line’s private island. Any person who is ineligible for the COVID-19 vaccination due to medical contraindications is exempt from this requirement.

      Guests on cruises that originate in and return to The Bahamas: 

      Step 1: Apply for a Travel Health Visa Prior to Departing for The Bahamas

      Health Visa is valid for a 30-day period in The Bahamas, which includes the number of days on a cruise.

      *Please note: Cruise lines may have different requirements for vaccinated and unvaccinated guests. Please check with your cruise line for specific details pertaining to your cruise.

       

      VACCINATED TRAVELLERS

      • Fully vaccinated travellers are required to upload negative test results (either a Rapid Antigen Test or RT-PCR Test taken no more than three days (72 hours) prior to the date of arrival to The Bahamas) in addition to valid proof of vaccination (such as CDC or government issued vaccine record card).
        • For international travellers, proof of vaccination must confirm they have passed the two-week immunity period.
        • At this time, the Bahamas Government will only be accepting vaccines by AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria/Covishield), Janseen (Johnson & Johnson), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Moderna (Spikevax), Sinopharm, Covaxin or Sinovac.

      Step 2 - Pre-Boarding Testing

      • Cruise lines may have different requirements for pre-boarding testing. Please check with your cruise line for specific details pertaining to your cruise.

      Step 3 – Day 5 Rapid Test

      • All fully vaccinated cruise guests will be required to take a COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test on the fifth day of their cruise. Cruise lines will provide on-board testing for their guests. Please note: Effective 4 January 2022, this test will be replaced with a Rapid Antigen Test required for all fully vaccinated travellers staying longer than 48 hours (two (2) nights).

      DEPARTURE

      • Please check your local government guidelines prior to your visit to determine return requirements as many countries, including the U.S., require negative test results for re-entry regardless of vaccination status. For a list of approved testing sites, please visit Bahamas.com/travelupdates 

      For persons travelling to the United States:

      • As of 6 December 2021, all non-U.S. citizens are required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as well as a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than one (1) day before boarding a flight to the United States from a foreign country. Children under 18 years of age and persons with documented medical contraindications to receiving a COVID-19 vaccine are exempt from this requirement. 
      • All U.S. citizens and permanent residents visiting The Bahamas will be allowed to return to the U.S. regardless of vaccination status
      • Fully Vaccinated and Unvaccinated U.S. Citizens or Residents – must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than one (1) day before boarding a flight to the U.S. 
      • For full details on the latest requirements for entering the U.S., please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/proof-of-vaccination.html

      Check your visa application status

      GREEN | Approved Health Visa

      Must present confirmation on arrival

      YELLOW | Pending Health Visa

      Application requires additional review

      RED | Denied Health Visa

      Entry not permitted

      Failure to Follow Protocol

      All Rules and Regulations Are Being Enforced

      • Visitors who do not complete a Bahamas Travel Health Visa and present either a valid proof of vaccination or 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 $250 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.

       

      • A $10,000 fine or a penalty of two years imprisonment, or both, is to be enforced for visitors or residents submitting falsified vaccination records.
      • For unvaccinated travellers staying longer than four nights and five days, failure to take a Rapid Antigen Test on the fifth day will result in a $1,000 fine or one month imprisonment.
      •  Unvaccinated visitors who fail to complete the daily Health Questionnaire will be subject to deportation.

      Check your visa application status

      GREEN | Approved Health Visa

      Must present confirmation on arrival

      YELLOW | Pending Health Visa

      Application requires additional review

      RED | Denied Health Visa

      Entry not permitted

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