Folks traveling to The Bahamas will be permitted to forego the islands’ mandatory COVID-19 quarantine beginning November 1st, if they continually prove they are negative for COVID-19, per the Bahamas’ Ministry of Tourism & Aviation.
These new pandemic protocols will allow tourists to freely roam the islands if they can provide proof of a negative PCR test taken no more than seven days before traveling, and then have negative rapid antigen tests upon arrival and another four days after that.
Tourists will also need to apply for a Bahamas Health Travel Visa, which includes the cost of the two rapid antigen tests required after arrival. Children who are 10 years old and younger will not need to adhere to these requirements.
The Bahamas are making changes to their travel and testing protocols in order to provide their travelers a better and more seamless vacay experience, according to Minister of Tourism’s Dionisio D’Aguilar. They want everyone to be able to enjoy The Bahamas thoroughly and with peace of mind. These new steps will allow the Bahamas to closely monitor and respond to any potential spread of COVID-19 while their travelers can continue to enjoy an authentic Bahamian experience they know and love.
With sixteen Bahamian islands to choose from, with many that offer natural seclusion, they have something for everyone and they look forward to welcoming travelers back to their country and sandy shores.
Prior to November 1st and beginning October 15th, travelers can ‘Vacay in Place’ for 14 days, or less if their stay is shorter, taking advantage of the Bahamas’ pristine beaches and gorgeous surroundings from its over-the-top resorts to opulent and sweet boutique hotels, or maybe even partake in an ultra-luxurious private island retreat.
During this period, travelers will need provide proof of a negative PCR test taken no more than seven days prior to arrival and remain in their resort or hotel, but can use all the amenities and facilities.
American Airlines, in an effort to make traveling to the Caribbean islands easier, stated recently it would look to start a pre-flight testing program for travel to The Bahamas. This would be in addition to its current plans to test passengers on its flights to Jamaica and Hawaii.
The Bahamas, which currently requires everyone to wear masks in public places, first opened its borders to private planes and yachts on June 15th and then followed up opening July 1st with commercial airlines.
Unfortunately, The Bahamas quickly saw a spike in COVID-19 cases, forcing the country’s prime minister to temporarily ban travelers again from the U.S.A. But just days later, Americans were once again allowed to enter the islands, but all travelers were required to self-quarantine for two weeks upon arrival, at their own expense.
Considering a vacay to The Bahamas?
You may decide to go ahead a book a future vacay to The Bahamas for a pandemic vacay. If you do decide to plan a vacay, you probably will want to consider a Cancel for Any Reason (CFAR) optional travel insurance upgrade. True to its name, this additional option allows you to cancel your trip for any reason.
Be sure to frequently check The Bahamas travel restrictions and advisories as well as other popular official COVID-19 information and travel advisory sites such as the U.S. Department of State Travel site.