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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

Please note: Testing requirements have changed for vaccinated travelers, as well as children between the ages of 2 and 11. The new testing protocols are for all travellers applying for a Bahamas Travel Health Visa from Friday, August 6 and onward.

Last Updated on : October 17, 2021

STEP 1: Testing Requirements

VACCINATED TRAVELLERS

    • Those travelling to The Bahamas from other countries who have been fully vaccinated will be required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test (either a Rapid Antigen Test or PCR), taken no more than five (5) days prior to the date of arrival to The Bahamas. The name and address of the lab where the test was performed must be clearly displayed on the test result. 

    • Effective October 1, 2021, all fully vaccinated travellers wishing to travel inter-island within The Bahamas from Nassau & Paradise IslandGrand Bahama Island or any other island of The Bahamas, will be required to obtain a negative rapid antigen test, taken no more than five (5) days prior to the date of travel. 

    UNVACCINATED TRAVELLERS

    • Unvaccinated travellers ages 12 and older entering The Bahamas and/or those travelling inter-island from Nassau & Paradise Island, Grand Bahama Island, Bimini, Exuma, Abaco, and North and South Eleuthera, including Harbour Island, must obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR (swab) test taken no more than 5 days prior to the date of arrival. Test must return a negative result for entry into The Bahamas.
          • As of August 6, 2021, all children, between the ages of 2 and 11, wishing to enter The Bahamas will be required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test (either a Rapid Antigen Test or PCR), taken no more than five (5) days prior to the date of arrival to The Bahamas.

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

          • Negative PCR test results must be uploaded in order to complete a Bahamas Travel Health Visa application, and must be presented upon arrival in The Bahamas.

          • Any person presenting test results older than 5 days will not be allowed entry into The Bahamas. 

          • Effective October 1, 2021, all non-vaccinated travellers wishing to travel inter-island within The Bahamas from Nassau & Paradise Island and Grand Bahama Island will be required to obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test, taken no more than five (5) days prior to the date of travel, and present to the operator of the airline or vessel on which they are travelling. 

          • For non-vaccinated persons travelling inter-island from any other island of The Bahamas, only a negative result of a rapid antigen test is required. 

    STEP 2: Bahamas Travel Health Visa Application

    All persons travelling to The Bahamas are required to apply for a Bahamas Travel Health Visa at travel.gov.bs. Effective October 1, 2021, a Travel Health Visa will no longer be required for inter-island travel within The Bahamas. 

    VACCINATED TRAVELLERS

    • Fully vaccinated travellers will be required to upload negative test results 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 Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca. 

    • Mixed and matched second doses of COVID-19 vaccines of either AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna or even Johnson & Johnson are also accepted.

    UNVACCINATED TRAVELLERS

    • All unvaccinated persons, ages 12 and older, will be required to upload their negative COVID-19 PCR test results. Tests must be taken no more than 5 days prior to the date of arrival.

    • Children between the ages of 2 and 11 will be required to upload their negative Rapid Antigen Test or PCR test results.  

    *Effective October 1, 2021, the payment of the Travel Health Visa fee is no longer required for Bahamian citizens and residents returning to The Bahamas. All Bahamian citizens or residents planning to travel abroad for five (5) days or less must secure a test in the destination they visited before travelling back to The Bahamas. Any PCR or rapid antigen test taken in The Bahamas prior to travel will not be valid for re-entry. 

    ALL TRAVELLERS: VACCINATED AND UNVACCINATED

    • As part of the Bahamas Travel Health Visa application, travellers will be required to opt-in to COVID-19 health insurance that covers them for the duration of their stay in The Bahamas. The cost of insurance is included in the Bahamas Travel Health Visa application fee. 

    • Bahamas Travel Health Visa applications take up to 48 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 travellers 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.



    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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    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 swab test.

    VACCINATED TRAVELLERS

    • Fully vaccinated travellers will be exempt from on-island rapid antigen testing requirements for the duration of their stay and will not be required to complete a daily Health Questionnaire. 

    UNVACCINATED TRAVELLERS

    • Effective 6 August 2021, unvaccinated persons wishing to travel within The Bahamas, all persons, who are 12 years and older and who are unvaccinated, will still be required to obtain a PCR test five days prior to the travel date. This now applies to travel from the following islands: New Providence, Grand Bahama, Bimini, Exuma, Abaco and North and South Eleuthera, including Harbour Island.

    • Day 5 Rapid Test: Unvaccinated travellers ages 12 and older who are staying in The Bahamas for longer than four (4) nights and five (5) days will be required to take a rapid COVID-19 antigen test:
      • This also applies to unvaccinated residents and visitors who are travelling inter-island from Nassau & Paradise Island or Grand Bahama Island and are staying in their destination for longer than four (4) nights and five (5) days.

      • Children between the ages of 2 and 11 will not be required to take the Day 5 test. 

      •  Visitors departing on or before five days will not be required to obtain this test.

      • The rapid tests are easy, quick and will yield results in 60 minutes or less with results being provided electronically via SMS text message and email.

      • An island-by-island list of approved testing sites is available below.

      • Effective October 1, 2021, non-vaccinated persons travelling inter-island for longer than four (4) night and five (5) days will no longer be required to take the Day 5 rapid test.  

    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.

     CHILDREN & INFANTS

    • All children, between the ages of 2 and 11, wishing to travel within The Bahamas will now be required to obtain a COVID-19 test (Rapid Antigen Test or PCR), with a negative result, five days prior to the travel date from the following islands: New Providence, Grand Bahama, Bimini, Exuma, Abaco and North and South Eleuthera, including Harbour Island. 
    • All children, under the age of 2, are exempt from any testing requirements. 

    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 Emergency Powers Order:

    • Some islands may be following different orders than others, such as curfews and reduced operating hours and/or services for shops, restaurants and businesses.
    • Travelers should check the status of their island destination before travelling below.
    • Please note: Hotel guests must stay within hotel grounds for the duration of the curfew period; however, they are permitted to move about the property and access all available amenities.

    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, September 3, 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

    • As of August 6, 2021, fully vaccinated travellers will be required to upload negative test results 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 Pfizer Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca.

    UNVACCINATED TRAVELLERS

    • Unvaccinated travellers, ages 12 and older, will be required to upload their negative COVID-19 PCR test results. Tests must be taken no more than 5 days prior to the date of arrival. 

    STEP 2: Pre-Boarding Testing 

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

    STEP 3: Day 5 Rapid Test

    • Unvaccinated cruise guests ages 12 and older, will be required to take a rapid COVID-19 antigen test on the fifth day of their cruise. Cruise lines will provide onboard testing for their guests.
    • Fully vaccinated travellers will be exempt from the Day 5 rapid antigen testing requirement.

    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

    • Please note, vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers flying to the U.S. from an international destination are required to obtain a verifiable negative COVID-19 viral test (PCR or Antigen) taken no more than three (3) days prior to the date of the flight. 

    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

                • Travellers 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.
    • Citizens and residents who fail to complete the daily Health Survey will be required to submit to a mandatory quarantine at a government identified facility.
    • Unvaccinated travellers who fail to complete the daily Health Survey 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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    Upon Arrival: Fully Vaccinated Travellers

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