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

COVID-19 information for TB and TCI

COVID-19 Information
Last Updated: February 19, 2021

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.

The Bahamas
COVID-19 Information
Last Updated: February 11, 2021

*** Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

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, specifically, the most recent update to the Emergency Powers (COVID-19) Order.  You are also encouraged to carefully and regularly review the Office of the Prime Minister’s Facebook page, the Bahamas tourism page(and particularly that page’s FAQs), and your travel vendors (airlines, hotels, etc.)
  • This summary does not include information on retail, restaurants, social gatherings and other areas.  To learn about current restrictions due to COVID-19, please regularly check the websites noted immediately above.
  • All individuals must wear masks whenever they leave their residence or hotel room.  While exercising masks are not required; however, a face mask must be visibly in possession and easily accessible.  While on the beach, face masks are not required, except when approaching and exiting the beach.
  • Each person must carry government-issued identification whenever they leave their residence or lodging.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in The Bahamas? Yes
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
  • A list of COVID-19 test sites is available at https://www.bahamas.com/tourism-reopening; scroll down to “DAY-FIVE COVID-19 TESTING SITES”. The rapid antigen costs on average $40 (U.S. or Bahamian dollars); the PCR test costs on average $140 (U.S. or Bahamian dollars).
  • For visitors staying in The Bahamas longer than four (4) nights and five (5) days, a rapid antigen test is required on Day 5 of the visit. The fee for the Day 5 rapid antigen test is covered through the Travel Health Insurance fee associated with the mandatory Health Visa for entering The Bahamas.  For U.S. citizens over the age of 10, staying longer than four (4) nights and five (5) days, the health insurance fee is $60; for children 10 and under, the Travel Health Insurance is at no cost.
  • Before you go to a testing center, we advise you to contact them in advance to obtain specific details as to days and hours of operation; cost; payment forms accepted; method of test results delivery (email, test message, physical copy) and the anticipated turnaround time of the test results.
  • More information on COVID-19 testing in The Bahamas is available at: https://www.bahamas.com/tourism-reopening.

 COVID-19 Vaccine Information

  • Has the government of The Bahamas approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? No
    • A National COVID-19 Vaccine Consultative Committee has been appointed to advise the Prime Minister and Ministry of Health on the strategy, policy and activities as well as a vaccine implementation schedule.
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.

 Entry and Exit Requirements

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
    • Before traveling, each traveler must go to gov.bs, select “International,” and submit a Travel Health Visa Application. The application will require a negative RT PCR molecular 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.
    • Monitoring: Individuals entering The Bahamas or traveling inter-island from New Providence or Grand Bahama, agrees to monitoring by self-reporting through the completion of a daily health questionnaire for a period of 14 days or the duration of stay (whichever is shorter); by the Ministry of Health; by members of the COVID-19 Enforcement Unit; and by unscheduled visits by the Royal Bahamian Police Force.
    • 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 (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 Applicationprior to arrival (see above).
    • For testing locations in the United States, contact your local or state health department.
    • *The following travelers only 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; a person traveling from any island, except New Providence (Nassau), or Grand Bahama, to any other  Bahamian island.
    • A person traveling to The Bahamas on a commercial or personal vessel whose arrival in The Bahamas extends beyond the five (5) day period for a valid PT PCR OVID 19 molecular diagnostic test result will be granted a travel health via upon application and permitted to enter The Bahamas provided the captain of that vessel can prove at their point of entry into The Bahamas that the vessel’s travel to The Bahamas was a direct one with no prior stops to any other ports of call.
    • For visitors staying four (4) nights and five (5) days or longer, on Day 5of the visit, a COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test must be taken by any individual who enters The Bahamas or who travels inter-island from New Providence or Grand Bahama and the results must be submitted to the Ministry of Health online via the health travel website. More information and a list of testing locations is available here. A person who is out to sea on the fifth day of his or her stay is required to undergo a COVID-19 rapid antigen test at the first port of call thereafter an submit the results to the Ministry of Health online via the health travel website.  Any person who fails to undergo the rapid COVID-19 rapid antigen test is liable to a fine of $1,000 or one month imprisonment.
    • Mandatory COVID-19 health insurance: 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 Travel Health Insurance, are:
      • $40 – Visitors staying up to four nights and five days.
      • $40 – Citizens and returning residents.
      • $60 – U.S. citizen visitors staying more than four nights.
      • Free – Children 10 years and under
      • Domestic (inter-island) Travel Health Visa – $25 (child ten years or younger and pilot/crew of a commercial air operator are exempt)
  • The mandatory Travel Health Insurance fee covers:
    • Medical expenses incurred on-island due to COVID-19, up to $50,000 USD
    • The Day 5 rapid antigen test for visitors who are staying four (4) nights and five (5) days or longer
    • 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, as follows:
    • 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:
      • A curfew is in effect Monday through Sunday between the hours of 10:00pm and 5:00am. For further information on retail operations please regularly check the official sources listed under “Country Specific Information” above.
      • Exercise is permitted in one’s neighborhoodfrom 5:00am to 10:00pm seven days per week.
    • Grand Bahama Island: A curfew is in effect Monday through Sunday between the hours of 10:00pm and 5:00am.
    • Eleuthera Island (mainland island only; excludes Spanish Wells and Harbour Island):
      • A curfew is in effectMonday through Sunday between the hours of 10:00pm and 5:00am. All public and private beaches and parks are open daily from 5:00am to 10:00pm.
    • Exuma (limited to Great Exuma and Little Exuma):
      • A curfew is in effect Monday through Sunday between the hours of 10:00pm and 5:00am.  All public and private beaches and parks are open daily from 5:00am and 10:00pm.
    • Any person who is not a current guest at a hotel or other commercial accommodation in New Providence or its surrounding island and cays including Paradise Island or Abaco (excluding Green Turtle Cay, Grand Cay, Man-o-War Cay and Elbow Cay) must submit to a negative COVID 19 RT PCR test result in order to check in as a guest.
  • 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. The traveler must produce a copy of the negative result of the RT PCR COVID-19 molecular diagnostic test if requested to do so by the Royal Bahamian Police Force, Royal Bahamian Defense Force, or the COVID-19 Enforcement Unit.
    • Persons travelling inter-island from New Providence (Nassau) and its surrounding islands and cays including Paradise Islands or Grand Bahamato the rest of The Bahamas are required to meet the following requirements: undergo a RT PCR COVID-19 molecular swab test with a negative result; complete and be approved for a domestic health travel visa; complete the daily health questionnaire; and take the Rapid Antigen Test on the fifth day after their travel.
    • 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.
    • Individuals who are not guests at a hotel or other commercial accommodation situated in New Providence (Nassau) including Paradise Island or Abaco (excluding Green Turtle Cay, Grand Cay, Man O War Cay, and Elbow Cay)must submit a negative RT PCR COVID-19 molecular swab test or negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test in order to check in as a guest or utilize an of the indoor facilities on the premises including restaurants and casinos. If, however, the individual remains outdoors, they are not required to present such COVID test results.

 Quarantine Information

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No
  • While there is no quarantine requirement upon entry, individuals who are symptomatic or test positive for COVID-19 are required to quarantine.
    • While mandatory quarantining is not required upon arrival, individuals who become symptomatic or test positively for COVID-19 while in The Bahamas must quarantine.
    • A person required to submit to mandatory quarantine must do so at one of the following locations:
      • A private residence or rented accommodation (such as 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.

 Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
    • Masks must be work at all times.

Fines for Non-Compliance

  • Failure to wear a mask in public is subject to a fine of $250 (Bahamian or U.S.).
  • Submission of a falsified result of a COVID-19 test is subject to a fine not to exceed $4,000 (Bahamian or U.S.) or up to two years in prison, or both.
  • For all other offenses, the fine is $500 (Bahamian or U.S.).

Consular Operations

  • What ACS services are being offered?
    • S. Embassy Nassau’s ability to provide consular services is limited due to reduced in-person staffing and health protocols that mitigate the spread of COVID-19.  Passport, citizenship, and notary appointment availability is limited due to social distancing requirements in our offices and public waiting rooms.  U.S. citizens may encounter delays in obtaining services.
    • Routine services are available by appointment only.  Each applicant requires their own appointment.  Due to the limited number of non-emergency appointments available, if you cannot find an open appointment and have urgent travel plans (within the next month) or another emergency need for a passport, please contact ACSNassau@state.gov.  All visitors to the Embassy over the age of two must wear a mask.  All appointments are subject to change and cancellation based on local health conditions.
  • What visa services are being offered?
    • The U.S. Embassy has not resumed routine nonimmigrant visa services, and available interview appointments are significantly reduced.  There are appointments available for all nonimmigrant visa categories; however, the wait times can be considerable.  We continue to process applications that do not require interviews, and we are prioritizing face-to-face interviews for student visas and for emergency travel involving life, health, safety, or the U.S. national interest.  Normal operations will likely resume after the COVID-19 pandemic has ended.  The Embassy regularly reviews and adjusts its level of operation in response to changing circumstances.  We will publicly announce any significant resumption of services.

 Local Resources

  • For additional information on COVID-19 testing within The Bahamas, please call the Ministry of Health at: +1 (242) 502-7832; COVID19@bahamas.gov.bs
  • Other links:

COVID-19 Information
Last updated: February 19, 2021

*** Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

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.)

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in the Turks and Caicos Islands? Yes
  • If so, are tests results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
  • Please contact your accommodation’s health provider. Many resorts offer the antigen test to their guests at no cost.
  • A list of testing locations is available at https://www.visittci.com/travel-info/turks-and-caicos-coronavirus-covid-19-testing
  • Before you go to a testing center, please contact them in advance to request specific details such as cost; forms of payment accepted; method of test results delivery; and the anticipated turnaround time of the test results.
  • The Ministry of Health COVID-19 hotline at 649-232-9444 or 649-333-0911, or COVID19@gov.tccan be used for further information.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

  • Has the government of the Turks and Caicos approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
  • All travelers to the Turks and Caicos must obtain travel pre-authorization via the TCI Assured Portal. The TCI Assured pre-authorization portal will require travelers to submit the following information:
    • A negative COVID-19 PCR test result (see also below). The test must be taken within 5 days prior to travel to the TCI. Children under the age of 10 are excluded from this requirement.
    • Insurance which covers COVID-19 medical costs and full hospitalization, doctors’ visits, prescriptions and air ambulance.
    • A completed online health screening questionnaire.
    • The entry requirements and link to the application are available at https://turksandcaicostourism.com/. The travel pre-authorization application is available at https://travelauthorisation.turksandcaicostourism.com/public/.
  • FAQs are available at:  https://turksandcaicostourism.com/tci-assured-faqs/.
  • Please direct any questions to the Ministry of Tourism at https://turksandcaicostourism.com/contact-us/.
  • 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
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes

Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place? Yes
  • A curfew is in effect across all islands from 9:00pm to 5:00am until March 3, 2021.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel?  No
  • Interisland travel requires completion of an application at https://domestictravel.gov.tc/applicant, which requires travel details and health information. The application requires approval before travel.

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 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.

Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
  • The wearing of a mask or face covering in public is mandatory.
  • It is recommended to 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 fines.
  • The fine for failure to wear a face mask when in public is $250 (U.S. or Turks and Caicos dollars).
  • Returning residents who do not produce the TCI Assured Authorization will be subject to a fine of up to $3,000 by the Director of Immigration.

Consular Operations:

  • The Consular Agency in Turks and Caicos Islands is closed. Please direct all inquiries to the U.S. Embassy Nassau (The Bahamas) American Services Unit at ACSnassau@state.gov.
  • What ACS services are being offered?
    • S. Embassy Nassau’s ability to provide consular services is limited due to reduced in-person staffing and health protocols that mitigate the spread of COVID-19.  Passport, citizenship, and notary appointment availability is limited due to social distancing requirements in our offices and public waiting rooms.  U.S. citizens may encounter delays in obtaining services.
    • Routine services are available by appointment only.  Each applicant requires their own appointment.  Due to the limited number of non-emergency appointments available, if you cannot find an open appointment and have urgent travel plans (within the next month) or another emergency need for a passport, please contact ACSNassau@state.gov to inquire about an emergency appointment in Nassau.  All visitors to the Embassy over the age of two must wear a mask.  All appointments are subject to change and cancellation based on local health conditions.
  • What visa services are being offered?
    • The U.S. Embassy has not resumed routine nonimmigrant visa services, and available interview appointments are significantly reduced.  There are appointments available for all nonimmigrant visa categories; however, the wait times can be considerable.  We continue to process applications that do not require interviews, and we are prioritizing face-to-face interviews for student visas and for emergency travel involving life, health, safety, or the U.S. national interest.  Normal operations will likely resume after the COVID-19 pandemic has ended.  The Embassy regularly reviews and adjusts its level of operation in response to changing circumstances.  We will publicly announce any significant resumption of services.

Local Resources:

On January 26, 2021 a CDC order on pre-flight COVID-19 testing for all international travelers to the United States went into effect.  The new CDC order requires all aircraft passengers, with very limited exceptions, age two and over departing from any foreign country with a destination in the United States to have a negative COVID-19 test within the three days before their flight to the United States departs, or three days preceding departure of the initial flight if the passenger is arriving via one or more connecting flights.  In addition, the traveler must show written or electronic documentation of their negative test result to the airline or provide documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the form of a positive viral test result and a letter from a licensed health care provider or public health official stating that the passenger has been cleared for travel.  Please review the CDC website for more information:  CDC COVID-19 Testing Requirements.

CDC does not require that international travelers undergo mandatory federal quarantine, but does recommend travelers get tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home or otherwise self-quarantine for 7 days after travel. For more about CDC’s after travel recommendations for preventing COVID-19 see After you Travel Internationally.  CDC has also provided strong guidance to state and local public health officials to use their authorities to protect the health, safety, and welfare of persons within their jurisdictions. CDC will continue to work closely with state/local public health officials to control the spread of SARS-CoV-2, and encourage them to use their own authorities to enforce the use of isolation and quarantine when necessary. Always follow state, territorial, and local recommendations or requirements related to travel.

CDC will consider individual waivers of the COVID-19 testing requirement in exigent circumstances where emergency travel is required to preserve health and safety (e.g., emergency medical evacuations) and where pre-departure testing cannot be accessed or completed before travel.  Although requests for a waiver that meet all the criteria will be given due consideration, the CDC expects that waivers will be rare.  There are no waivers available for individuals who test positive for COVID-19.  Individuals or air carriers seeking to allow boarding by potentially qualifying individuals who believe they meet the criteria for a waiver should contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate.  U.S. Citizens should send an email to ACSnassau@state.gov and non-U.S. Citizens and Legal Permanent Residents should send an email to  visanassau@state.gov.

For information on limited humanitarian exemptions, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html

The following information must be provided for each passenger before a waiver will be considered.

  1. Name (family name/surname, given name), passport number and country
  2. Cell phone number including country code of passenger or head of household if family unit
  3. Email address of passenger or head of household if family unit
  4. U.S. destination address
  5. Is U.S. destination home address?
  6. Departure date
  7. Flight itinerary
  8. Name of submitting entity if different from passenger
  9. Name of company submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
  10. Name of point of contact submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
  11. Phone and email address for POC submitting waiver request on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
  12. Purpose of travel to the U.S. (provide brief explanation of why urgent travel is needed and how travel will contribute to health and safety of passengers(s))
  13. Justification for testing waiver (e.g. no testing available, impact on health and safety)
  14. Documentation to support justification for test waiver, if available (e.g. medical records or orders for medical evacuation)