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

COVID-19 Information
Last Updated: 07-OCT-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.

Country-Specific Information:

  • The Bahamian government has confirmed multiple cases of COVID-19 in The Bahamas.
  • Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, entry requirements for The Bahamas are subject to change at any time.
  • Restrictions and regulations can change without notice; before traveling carefully 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 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 that their application has been approved.
    • Each traveler must present their final confirmation document upon arrival in The Bahamas.
  • 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.
    • No other type of COVID-19 test is acceptable.
    • 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, and private pilots who do not deplane.
  • 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.
  • As a condition of entry into The Bahamas, a person agrees to monitoring by the HubbCat Monitoring Platform through an app downloaded to your phone, by the Ministry of Health, by members of the COVID-19 Enforcement Unit which is comprised of health officers and officers of the Royal Bahamas Police Force; and by unscheduled visits by the Royal Bahamas Police Force.
  • Travelers entering by boat are also subject to the above mentioned entry requirements (COVID-19 PCR test; online health visa application; quarantine for 14 days or the duration of stay, if the visit will be shorter than 14 days), and must also stop at the port of entry at the intended destination and deliver a copy of their COVID test result and a valid health visa. Quarantine must take place on the vessel or other appropriate location.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? YES
    • New Providence (Nassau) and Abaco Islands and their surrounding islands and cays:
      • Weekend lockdowns: Effective Friday, october 9, full 24-hour weekend lockdowns will be in effect for the above named islands. The first weekend lockdown will start on Friday, October 9 at 7:00pm and end on Tuesday, October 13 at at 5:00am (encompassing the Monday, October 12 holiday). Thereafter and until further notice, weekend lockdowns for New Providence (Nassau) and Abaco Islands will start each Friday at 7:00pm and end the following Monday at 5:00 am. During weekend lockdowns only essential services will be open; airports and seaports will continue to operate without interruption to flights; all businesses including grocery stores, pharmacies and gas stations will be closed; exercise is permitted only in one’s yard or hotel/lodging.
      • Weeknight curfews: Effective Tuesday, October 13 and until further notice, a curfew will be in effect in New Providence (Nassau) and Abaco on Mondays through Fridays from 7:00pm each night until 5:00am the following morning. During weekedays, exercise is permitted in one’s neighborhood from 5:00am to 7:00pm.
      • We encourage you to read the Prime Minister’s October 7 speech in its entirety at: https://opm.gov.bs/house-of-assembly-communication-7-october-2020/ for more details.
      • As of this date, no islands other than New Providence (Nassau) and Abaco and their surrounding cays or islands are subject to weekend lockdowns or curfew.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity of interstate travel? YES
    • Inter island travel requires the completion of an online health application at https://travel.gov.bs/domestic
    • A RTPCR COVID-19 negative test result is no longer required for inter island travel, except for those traveling from New Providence (Nassau) and surrounding islands, which include Paradise Island.   The test must not have been taken more than five (5) days prior to the date of travel to the destination island.
    • A 14-day quarantine requirement is still required upon arrival to the destination island.

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? YES
    • All travelers entering The Bahamas must undergo a quarantine for 14 days or the duration of stay (if the stay will be shorter than 14 days) upon arrival, at their own expense. This requirement is subject to change; visitors should regularly monitor https://www.bahamas.com for updates.
    • All individuals traveling from New Providence (and its surrounding cays) are required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival to their destination, or until their departure date, whichever is shorter.
    • Visitors may quarantine at:
      • 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:
    • +1 (242) 502-7832
    • +1 (242) 376-9350 (8am to 8pm)
    • +1 (242) 376 9387 (8pm to 8am)
    • +1 (242) 300 2619
    • COVID19@bahamas.gov.bs

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? YES
  • Is public transportation operating? YES
    • Masks are required.

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • The following fines are in force nationwide. Until further notice, the fine amounts for violations in New Providence (Nassau) and Abaco will be doubled.
    • Failure to wear a face mask is subject to a fine of $200 or imprisonment.
    • Any person who falsifies the result of a COVID-19 test may be subject to a fine not exceeding $2,000, two years imprisonment, or both.
    • Any person who knows or reasonably believes that he or she is infected with COVID-19 and causes another to be exposed or infected, may be fined up to $1,000 for each person exposed or infected.
    • Persons who leave mandatory or self-quarantine before being released by the Ministry of Health are subject to a fine of $250.

Consular Operations:

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COVID-19 Information
Last updated: 25-Sep-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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