COVID-19 Information for The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands

COVID-19 information for TB and TCI

COVID-19 Information
Last Updated: November 13, 2020

Please see below for country specific COVID-19 information for both The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Both countries have confirmed multiple cases of COVID-19. Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, restrictions and regulations can change without notice; before traveling, please carefully and regularly review the guidance from the government of each country below.

COVID 19 Information
Last Updated: November 13, 2020

Country-Specific Information:

  • The Bahamian government has confirmed multiple cases of COVID-19 in The Bahamas.
  • Due to the fluidity of the COVID-19 pandemic, both in The Bahamas and worldwide, entry requirements for The Bahamas are subject to change at any time.
  • Restrictions and regulations can change with little or no advanced notice; before traveling carefully and regularly review the guidance directly from the Bahamian government at the Office of the Prime Minister’s webpage and Facebook page, the Bahamas tourism page (and particularly that page’s FAQs), and your travel vendors (airlines, hotels, etc.)

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? YES
    • Before traveling, each traveler must go to travel.gov.bs, select “International,” and submit a Travel Health Visa Application. The application will require a negative RT PCR nasal swab COVID-19 test result (see below).
    • Applications take up to 72 hours to process, after which each traveler will receive a confirmation regarding their application’s approval.
    • Each traveler must present their final confirmation document of their Travel Health Visa application, along with their negative RT PCR COVID-19 test results, upon boarding flights to The Bahamas and again upon arrival in The Bahamas.
    • For questions, contact the Ministry of Tourism COVID-19 Travel Compliance Unit at +1 (242) 502-0829 or healthvisa@bahamas.com.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? YES
    • Each traveler* must present a COVID-19 RT PCR (molecular swab) test with a negative result in order to apply for the Travel Health Visa Application (see above) needed to enter The Bahamas. The test sample must not have been taken more than five (5) days prior to the date of arrival. No other type of COVID-19 test is acceptable. The name and address of the lab where the test was taken must be clearly displayed on the test result.
    • Each traveler must upload evidence of their negative result when completing the Travel Health Visa Application prior to arrival (see above).
    • For testing locations in the United States, contact your local or state health department.
    • *The following travelers are exempt from presenting a COVID-19 test: Children under the age of 10, pilots and crew who will remain in The Bahamas for not more than one night.
    • On Day 5 of the visit (unless departing on Day 5 or sooner), a COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test must be taken. More information is available here.
    • Mandatory COVID-19 health insurance: Effective November 14, 2020, all visitors are required to opt-in to mandatory COVID-19 health insurance when applying for their Travel Health Visa. The insurance covers travelers for the duration of their stay in The Bahamas. Fees for the Bahamas Health Travel Visa, inclusive of Day 5 Rapid Antigen Test and mandatory health insurance, are:
      • $40 – Visitors staying up to four nights and five days.
      • $40 – Citizens and returning residents.
      • $60 – Visitors staying more than four nights.
      • Free – Children 10 years and under
    • Coverage includes:
      • Medical expenses incurred on-island due to COVID-19, up to $50,000 USD
      • Trip interruption/delay for necessary quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19, up to $500 USD per day/$7,000 USD max
      • Medical evacuation due to COVID-19, and subject to medical necessity, up to $50,000 USD
    • Entry by sea: Every port of entry in every Family Island shall be closed with the exception of any port which is a public dock. All individuals entering by boat must follow all entry requirements above, plus must stop at the port of entry of their intended destination and deliver a copy of their negative RT PCR test results not more than 5 days old and a copy of their valid Travel Health Visa.
    • If a visitor traveling by boat is symptomatic, they must go to the first port of call and submit to RT PCR COVID-19 test and mandatory quarantine until the test results are available. If the RT PCR COVID-19 test result is positive, the individual must remain in mandatory quarantine for 14 days or the duration of stay, whichever is shorter.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? YES
  • For questions regarding Bahamian visa extensions for residents and/or tourists, please visit https://www.immigration.gov.bs.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? YES, on a limited number of islands:
    • New Providence (Nassau) and its surrounding islands and cays including Paradise Island; and Abaco Island and its surrounding islands and cays excluding Green Turtle Cay, Grand Cay, Man O War Cay, and Elbow Cay:
      • Weeknight curfews are in effect from 9:00pm each night until 5:00am the following morning.
      • Weekend curfews are in effect on Saturdays and Sundays from 6:00pm to 5:00am.
      • Exercise is permitted in one’s neighborhood Monday through Friday from 5:00am to 9:00pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 5:00am to 6:00pm.
      • Private and public beaches and parks are open on New Providence (Nassau) and Abaco Monday through Friday from 5:00am to 9:00pm, and on Saturdays and Sundays from 5:00am to 6:00pm. Groups may not exceed five (5) people.
    • Grand Bahama Island: Weeknight curfews (Monday – Friday) are in effect from 9:00pm to 5:00am.
    • Eleuthera Island (mainland island only; excludes Spanish Wells and Harbour Island):
      • Weekend curfews are in effect starting each Friday at 6:00pm through the following Monday at 5:00am.
      • Weeknight curfews are in effect from 6:00pm to 5:00am the following morning.
      • All private and public social gatherings are prohibited.
    • Exuma (limited to Great Exuma and Little Exuma):
      • Weekend curfews are in effect starting each Friday at 6:00pm through the following Monday at 5:00am.
      • Weeknight curfews are in effect from 6:00pm to 5:00am the following morning.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity of interstate travel? YES
    • All inter-island travel requires the completion of an online health application at https://travel.gov.bs/domestic
    • For Eleuthera and Exuma: No domestic travel either TO or FROM these islands by either air or sea is permitted until further notice, except for emergencies or other travel approved by the Director-General of the Bahamas Civil Aviation Authority or the Chairman of the Bahamas Maritime Authority.
    • Persons travelling inter-island from New Providence (Nassau) and its surrounding islands and Cays including Paradise Islands, or from Exuma (limited to Great Exuma and Little Exuma) to other islands are required to undergo a RT PCR test no more than five (5) days prior to travel and produce a negative result. However, if a person who entered The Bahamas and is transiting through New Providence (Nassau) to any other Bahamian island within a period of less than 24 hours, they are not required to apply for a Travel Health Visa for inter-island (domestic) travel nor are they subject to the mandatory quarantine process currently in effect for individuals traveling from New Providence.

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? YES (Individuals who are symptomatic or have tested positive for COVID-19)
    • While mandatory quarantining is not required upon arrival, individuals who become symptomatic or test positively for COVID-19 while in The Bahamas must quarantine.
    • Additionally, anyone traveling from New Providence (Nassau) and its surrounding islands and cays including Paradise Island, to any of the other Bahamian islands, is required to quarantine for a period of 14 days, or for the duration of stay if for a lesser period. However, if a person who entered The Bahamas and is transiting through New Providence (Nassau) to any other Bahamian island within a period of less than 24 hours, they are not required to apply for a Travel Health Visa for inter-island (domestic) travel nor are they subject to the mandatory quarantine process currently in effect for individuals traveling from New Providence.
    • Quarantine periods must be completed at one of the following locations:
      • A private residence or rented accommodation (like AirBnB) where the person can quarantine in an unoccupied bedroom with its own connected bathroom.
      • A hotel or private club where the person can quarantine in an unoccupied bedroom with its own connected bathroom.
      • A private boat
      • If the traveler cannot quarantine in any of the above, they will be directed to a Government Mandated Quarantine Facility at their own expense.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • For information on COVID-19 testing within The Bahamas, please call the Ministry of Health at:

COVID-19 Information
Last updated: September 25, 2020

Country-Specific Information:

  • The Turks and Caicos government has confirmed multiple cases of COVID-19.
  • Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, restrictions and regulations can change without notice; before traveling, please carefully and regularly review the guidance directly from the TCI government at the TCI Tourism TCI Assured page, as well as from your travel vendors (airlines, hotels, etc.)

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? YES
    • A negative COVID-19 PCR test result from an accredited laboratory is mandatory (antigen and antibody tests will not be accepted). The test must have been taken no more than 5 days prior to travel to the Turks and Caicos Islands.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? YES
    • All travelers will be subject to screening and temperature checks upon arrival which may result in further clinical examination.
    • Travelers will be required to answer questions about their health or other relevant circumstances (including travel history and information about other individuals with whom they may have had contact).
    • Produce copies of any documents that may assist a health officer or nurse in assessing his health.
    • Allow a health officer or nurse to take a biological sample including a sample of his respiratory secretions or blood, by appropriate means including by swabbing his nasopharyngeal cavity or phlebotomy to provide such sample.
    • Provide sufficient information to enable the person to be contacted immediately by a health officer or nurse as specified in order to reduce or remove the risk of a person infecting or contaminating others.
    • Present hard copies of Insurance and COVID 19 negative test results.
    • For questions regarding visa extensions for residents and/or tourists, please visit https://www.visittci.com/life-and-business/citizenship-and-residency

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? YES
    • Grand Turk, Salt Cay and South Caicos are under a curfew from 6:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. until September 30.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel?  NO

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? NO
    • While U.S. citizens are not required to quarantine, all visitors should be advised that upon arrival, a person suspected of having been exposed to, or having symptoms of, or tested positive for COVID-19 will be placed under quarantine in a specified place for 14 days or such longer period until that person is found to have a negative PCR COVID-19 result or unless approved for medical repatriation, and shall be monitored by a health officer for COVID-19 during such period.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • Please contact your accommodation’s health provider. The Ministry of Health COVID-19 hotline at 649-232-9444 or 649-333-0911 can be used for further information.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? YES
  • Is public transportation operating? YES
    • The wearing of a mask or face covering in public is mandatory.
    • Take only public transportation that displays the TCI Assured symbol, including car rental companies.

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • Non-compliance with host country rules regarding social distancing, mask mandates, etc. may be subject to a fine of $1,000 (U.S. dollars) or to a term of imprisonment for three months, or to both.

Consular Operations:

  • American Citizen Services: The U.S. Embassy in Nassau is currently providing only emergency passport services; however, most adults qualify to renew their U.S. passports via mail or courier service to the U.S. Embassy in Nassau.  Please see the Embassy’s webpage for more information.
  • Visas Services: The U.S. Embassy in Nassau is currently only providing emergency visa services.  Many applicants with Turks and Caicos or Bahamian passports qualify for renewal of certain visa classifications by mail.  For more information, please contact VisaNassau@state.gov.

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