COVID-19 Information for The Bahamas

[Last Updated August 11, 2020]

Country-Specific Information for The Bahamas

Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, entry requirements for The Bahamas are subject to change at any time. The latest guidance from the Bahamian government (see “Actions to Take” below) is always the last word on entry requirements and other COVID-19 related regulations in The Bahamas.

Entry Requirements

Traveling to The Bahamas

All requirements are mandatory and strictly enforced by the Bahamian authorities

MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS for ALL TRAVELERS

  • U.S. citizens require a valid U.S. passport to enter The Bahamas and return to the U.S.
  • Each traveler must go to travel.gov.bs, select “International” and complete and submit a Travel Health Visa Application prior to travel. An automated email response will be provided once the application is completed. This confirmation must be presented upon arrival in The Bahamas. Allow 72 hours to process.
  • Each traveler must have a COVID-19 RT PCR (molecular swab) test with a negative result. No other type of COVID-19 test is acceptable. The negative test results must be uploaded when completing the Travel Health Visa Application prior to arrival. The test sample must not have been taken more than ten (10) days prior to the date of arrival.
  • For testing locations in the United States, contact your local or state health department.
  • The following are exempt from presenting a COVID-19 test upon entering The Bahamas:
    • Children under the age of 10
    • Private pilots who do not deplane

QUARANTINE and ENTRY RESTRICTIONS

Travel to The United States

Visit the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)’s website for the most up-to-date information on entry requirements for The United States.

U.S. CITIZENS and LEGAL PERMANENT RESIDENTS

  • U.S. citizens who want to return to the United States should arrange for immediate return using any available means, or be prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period of time.
  • The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging repatriation flights from The Bahamas.
  • Private charter flights to the United States are available through several charter companies. You can find a list (regularly updated) at https://bs.usembassy.gov/charter-companies.
  • The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued special instructions for U.S. citizens passengers who (in the 14 days prior to their arrival in the United States) have been in Brazil, China, the Schengen area of Europe, Iran, Ireland, or the United Kingdom. See the  DHS website for further details.

BAHAMIAN TRAVELERS and OTHER NON-U.S. CITIZENS

  • Routine visa services remain suspended around the world, with some individual Embassies and Consulates resuming some services on a case-by-case basis. The U.S. Embassy in Nassau suspended routine visa operations on March 16, 2020. We do not have a firm timeline for when routine visa services will resume.
  • International visitors who (in the 14 days prior to their arrival in the United States) have been in Brazil, China, the Schengen area of Europe, Iran, Ireland, or the United Kingdom, may not enter the United States. See the  DHS website for further details.

While in The Bahamas

All incoming passengers will be subject to temperature screenings. Travelers who show symptoms of COVID-19 may be transferred to an on-site quarantine area away from other passengers for further evaluation.

INTER-ISLAND TRAVEL

  • INTER-ISLAND TRAVEL SUSPENDED JULY 28: Inter-island travel within The Bahamas will be prohibited effective July 28 at 7:00pm. Anyone returning from New Providence (Nassau)—and other islands where COVID-19 is present—to another Bahamian island before July 28 must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

LOCKDOWNS AND CURFEW

  • FULL NATIONAL LOCKDOWN: On August 3, the Prime Minister of The Bahamas announced a two-week national lockdown, effective Tuesday, August 4, at 10 pm, in response to the increased number of COVID-19 cases. Toward the end of the 14 day lockdown, Bahamian authorities would assess health data and decide whether to extend the lockdown, he said.  He also announced that the Bahamian government would reassess the current lockdown on Grand Bahama Island closer to its scheduled end on Friday, August 7, at 5 am, and decide whether to extend those restrictions.
  • The Embassy strongly encourages you to review the specific lockdown guidance available at https://opm.gov.bs/national-address-3-august-2020/ and https://www.facebook.com/opmbs/, and to check those pages regularly for updates before you travel. This guidance includes the operational hours of services such as grocery stories as well as guidance on activities permitted and not permitted during the lockdown.

GENERAL GUIDELINES

  • PHYSICAL DISTANCING: Visitors must practice physical distancing measures (3 to 6 feet), wear personal protective equipment (PPE) such as face masks when appropriate, and practice regular handwashing.
  • MASK REGULATIONS: Travelers will be required to wear a face mask in any situation where it is necessary to enforce physical distancing guidelines, such as when entering and transiting air and sea terminals, while navigating security and customs screenings, at baggage claim and in public spaces.
  • FINES AND SENTENCES Imposed on Health Protocol Violators:  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, or two years imprisonment, or both.  Additionally, any person who knows or reasonably believes that he 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.

Actions to Take

 

For Assistance

 

  • U.S. Embassy Nassau, The Bahamas
    #42 Queen Street, Nassau  / +1-242-322-1181
    ACSNassau@state.gov
  • State Department – Consular Affairs
    1 (888) 407-4747 (when dialing from within the U.S.)
    +1 (202) 501-4444 (when dialing from overseas)