COVID-19 Information

[UPDATED March 24, 2020]

Country-Specific Information:

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who need to return to the United States should arrange to do so immediately using any remaining available commercial means, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period of time.

  • As part of continuing efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, on March 23 the Office of the Prime Minister of The Bahamas announced a new Emergency Order effective March 24, 2020; the order includes closing all airports in The Bahamas to incoming international flights carrying visitors, and closing all seaports to international and regional seafaring and private boating. The order went into effect at 9:00am on March 24, and imposes a 24/7 nationwide stay-at-home order, along with a variety of other social distancing measures. You can read the full text at the Office of the Prime Minister of The Bahamas‘ website.
  • The Bahamian government has confirmed multiple positive cases of COVID-19 in The Bahamas. Please regularly review the Government of The Bahamas’ COVID-19 information page for the latest statistics on COVID-19 for The Bahamas.
  • The State Department advises all U.S. citizens to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) immediately to receive the most up-to-date travel and health-related alerts directly from the U.S. Embassy in Nassau.
  • Please follow the U.S. Embassy’s social media properties (@usembassynassau) for additional updates.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

U.S. citizens who need to return to the United States should do so immediately via any remaining commercial means. As of Tuesday, March 24 the very few remaining commercial flights have the potential to cease at any moment and without notice due to the lack of passenger volume.

Travel to the United States

  • The updated Emergency Order closed all airports in The Bahamas to incoming international flights carrying visitors until at least March 31, 2020. We cannot predict if, or for how long, this order might be extended.
  • Please check directly with airlines regarding available flights, changes, and cancellations.
  • U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents are permitted to return to The United States from The Bahamas.
  • The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued instructions requiring U.S. passengers who have been in the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Schengen area of Europe, China, South Korea, and Iran up to 14 days prior to their arrival in the United States. See the DHS website for further details.

Travel to The Bahamas

  • After Tuesday, March 24, the Bahamian government has closed all airports in The Bahamas to incoming international flights carrying visitors until at least March 31, 2020. We cannot predict if, or for how long, this order might be extended.
  • After Tuesday, March 24, the Bahamian government has also closed all seaports in The Bahamas to international and regional seafaring and private boating, until at least March 31, 2020. We cannot predict if, or for how long, this order might be extended.
  • Citizens and residents of The Bahamas who have traveled to the United Kingdom, Ireland, the 26 Schengen countries of Europe, China, South Korea, or Iran in the twenty (20) days prior to their arrival in The Bahamas will be required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. Check https://covid19.gov.bs/travel for the most up-to-date information.

Quarantine Information:

  • Citizens and residents of The Bahamas who have traveled to the United Kingdom, Ireland, the 26 Schengen countries of Europe, China, South Korea, or Iran in the twenty (20) days prior to their arrival in The Bahamas will be required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. Check https://covid19.gov.bs/travel for the most up-to-date information.
  • The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued instructions requiring U.S. passengers who have been in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the Schengen area up to 14 days prior to their arrival in the United States to travel through select airports where the U.S. government has implemented enhanced screening procedures. See the  DHS website for further details.

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