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Statement from Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation on LPIA COVID-19 Testing Center Closures and Updated Island Restrictions

NASSAU, Bahamas, July 26, 2021 – Beginning July 31, 2021, Nassau Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) will no longer provide COVID-19 testing on-site; therefore, all testing arrangements should be scheduled at an alternative testing location.

At this time, all visitors departing The Bahamas to the U.S. – regardless of vaccination status – must obtain a negative COVID-19 viral test (PCR or Antigen) taken no more than three (3) days prior to the date of the flight.

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation (BMOTA) encourages all visitors, including vaccinated travelers, to make these arrangements in advance of their scheduled departure, to avoid travel interruptions. For a complete list of approved testing sites, please visit: https://www.bahamas.com/travelupdates.

In addition to the above notice, the Government of The Bahamas has issued updated restrictions effective as of Monday, July 26 for Nassau & Paradise Island, Grand Bahama Island, Eleuthera and Harbour Island, including:

· Daily curfews from 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.

· Groups on beaches and parks are limited to five people

· Spa services are prohibited

Due to the fluidity of COVID-19, the Government of The Bahamas will continue to monitor cases across the islands and loosen or tighten restrictions as needed. The Bahamas is an archipelago with more than 700 islands and cays, spread over 100,000 square miles, which means conditions and instances of the virus can be different on each of the 16 islands available to welcome visitors.

For full details on the latest updates, protocols and regulations, please visit opm.gov.bs.

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Anita Johnson-Patty
General Manager, Global Communications
Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation ajohnson@bahamas.com
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