[Last Updated July 10, 2020]
Country-Specific Information for The Bahamas
The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.
- The Bahamas reopened its international borders on July 1, 2020 to all travelers, including visitors, via commercial airlines, private aviation, and vessels. Entry requirements (read below) are strictly enforced and subject to change. We encourage you to monitor www.bahamas.com/tourism-reopening, including that page’s FAQs, the U.S. Embassy Facebook page and website, and your travel vendors (air carriers and hotels) before your anticipated travel.
- Make flexible travel plans, to the best of your ability, and regularly check for updates to travel requirements leading up to your date of departure.
- 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 and the Office of the Prime Minister of The Bahamas website 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 on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@usembassynassau) for additional updates.
Traveling to The Bahamas
All requirements are mandatory and strictly enforced by the Bahamian authorities
- 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. The Travel Health Visa Application will take 24 to 48 hours to process.
- Each traveler (with limited exceptions, below*) 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 must not have been taken more than ten (10) days prior to the date of arrival. (Note: As of July 8, the window for testing was extended to within 10 days from arrival and is no longer 7 days.)
- For testing locations, you may wish to 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 2
- Private pilots who do not deplane
- Bahamian citizens and residents who have been abroad for fewer than 72 hours.
- Bahamian citizens and residents (only) who are unable to acquire a test abroad and can demonstrate its unavailability—in this case, they will be subject to home quarantine for 14 days, or to testing upon return at their own expense.
- Reminder: U.S. citizens require a valid U.S. passport both to enter The Bahamas and return to the United States.
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.
- Routine visa services remain suspended around the world. The U.S. Embassy in Nassau suspended routine visa operations on March 16, 2020. We do not have a firm timeline for when visa services will resume.
- 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, South Korea ,or the United Kingdom. See the DHS website for further details.
- 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, South Korea, or the United Kingdom, may not enter the United States. See the DHS website for further details.
While in The Bahamas
International visitors are not required to quarantine after entering 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.
- 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.
- Failure to wear a face mask is subject to a fine of $200 or imprisonment. 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.
- More detailed information and guidance on travel requirements and safety precautions being implemented by The Bahamas are available at www.bahamas.com/tourism-reopening.
- All individuals must comply with the daily curfew, from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., 7 days per week during which all individuals must remain confined to their place of lodging or residence/yard.
- At all times, each individual must carry a government-issued form of identification.
- No groups larger than 5 people are permitted to congregate at beaches and parks.
- Closure of select beaches from Thursday July 9 at 10:00PM until Monday July 13 at 5:00AM: Beaches on the following islands will be closed during the Bahamian Independence Day weekend, out of an abundance of caution, to manage COVID-19: New Providence (Nassau), Paradise Island, Grand Bahama, Athol Island, Rose Island, and other cays surrounding New Providence (Nassau).
Actions to Take
- Check www.bahamas.com/tourism-reopening regularly for updates on travel requirements to The Bahamas.
- For questions, contact the Ministry of Tourism COVID-19 travel hotline at +1-242-502-0829, Monday to Friday, 8:00AM to 6:00PM EST.
- Follow the instructions and regulations coming from the Bahamian government; please consult https://covid19.gov.bs and https://opm.gov.bs/ for the latest information on COVID-19 from the Government of The Bahamas.
- Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information and recommendations for travelers and high-risk populations.
- See the CDC’s latest recommendations for preventing the spread of COVID-19.
- Visit the State Department’s COVID-19 crisis page for the latest information.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website for up-to-date information on travel restrictions to the United States.
- U.S. Embassy Nassau, The Bahamas
#42 Queen Street, Nassau / +1-242-322-1181
- State Department – Consular Affairs
1 (888) 407-4747 (when dialing from within the U.S.)
+1 (202) 501-4444 (when dialing from overseas)