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

COVID-19 information for TB and TCI

COVID-19 Information
Last Updated: October 6, 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.

COVID-19 Information

Last Updated: October 6, 2021

*** Effective January 26, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three (3) 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.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Travel Health Notice at Level 3: Very High Level of COVID-19 in The Bahamas.  The CDC advises that travelers should avoid all travel to destinations at Level 4. The U.S. Department of State has revised its Travel Advisory to Level 4:  Do Not Travel.

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.  We also encourage you 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
  • Effective July 31, 2021, Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) in Nassau ceased offering COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Testing.  Passengers must arrive at the airport with a negative COVID-19 test result already in hand.
  • A list of COVID-19 test sites is available at https://www.bahamas.com/travelupdates; scroll down to “DAY-FIVE COVID-19 TESTING SITES.” The rapid antigen costs on average $25 (U.S. or Bahamian dollars); the PCR test costs on average $140 (U.S. or Bahamian dollars).
  • For unvaccinated 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.
  • 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? Yes
  • Are vaccines available in The Bahamas for U.S. citizens to receive?  Vaccines are available only to residents of The Bahamas.
  • Which vaccines are available in The Bahamas?  AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson
  • Information and guidance for residents of The Bahamas regarding the COVID-19 vaccine program is available at https://opm.gov.bs/vaccine/ and https://vax.gov.bs/. Updates may also be found at https://www.facebook.com/opmbs/.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
  • The U.S. 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.

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
  • Before traveling, each traveler above the age of 18 must go to https://travel.gov.bs, select “International,” and submit a Travel Health Visa Application. For each traveler 17 years old and younger, a profile must be added to the Travel Health Visa Application of their parent or guardian.
  • Vaccinated Travelers: Effective October 1, those travelling to The Bahamas from other countries who have been fully vaccinated will be required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test (either a Rapid Antigen Test or PCR), taken no more than five (5) days prior to the date of arrival to The Bahamas. The name and address of the lab where the test was performed must be clearly displayed on the test result.
  • Unvaccinated Travelers:  Unvaccinated travelers ages 12 and older entering The Bahamas and/or those travelling inter-island from Nassau & Paradise Island, Grand Bahama Island, Bimini, Exuma, Abaco, and North and South Eleuthera, including Harbour Island, must obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR (swab) test taken no more than 5 days prior to the date of arrival. Test must return a negative result for entry into The Bahamas.
  • Children and Infants: All children between the ages of 2 and 11 wishing to enter The Bahamas are now required to obtain a COVID-19 test (either rapid antigen test or RT PCR test), with a negative result, within five (5) days of arrival in The Bahamas and submit a negative result with their health visa application via the travel health visa portal.  Children under the age of 2 are exempt from testing requirements.
  • Cruise Passengers: All travelers entering The Bahamas on a cruise ship are subject to the testing requirements mandated by the cruise line and approved by The Bahamian government.
  • Applications generally take up to 48 hours to process, after which each traveler will receive a confirmation regarding their application’s approval; however, at times the approval process may take longer.  All inquiries should be directed to the contact information found at https://travel.gov.bs/.
  • Each traveler must present their final confirmation document of their Travel Health Visa application, along with their negative COVID-19 test results and proof of full vaccination (if the latter is applicable), upon boarding flights to The Bahamas and again upon arrival in The Bahamas.
  • Monitoring:  Unvaccinated visitors entering The Bahamas agree 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

Unvaccinated travelers must present negative results from an RT-PCR test taken within five (5) days of arrival.  Vaccinated travelers must present negative results from either an antigen test or a RT PCR test taken within five (5) days of arrival.

  • Vaccinated Travelers:  Effective October 1, those travelling to The Bahamas from other countries who have been fully vaccinated will be required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test (either a Rapid Antigen Test or PCR), taken no more than five (5) days prior to the date of arrival to The Bahamas. The name and address of the lab where the test was performed must be clearly displayed on the test result.
  • Unvaccinated Travelers:  Unvaccinated travelers ages 12 and older entering The Bahamas and/or those travelling inter-island from Nassau & Paradise Island, Grand Bahama Island, Bimini, Exuma, Abaco, and North and South Eleuthera, including Harbour Island, must obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR (swab) test taken no more than 5 days prior to the date of arrival. Test must return a negative result for entry into The Bahamas.

 

  • Children and Infants: All children between the ages of 2 and 11 wishing to enter The Bahamas are now required to obtain a COVID-19 test (either rapid antigen test or RT PCR test), with a negative result, within five (5) days of arrival in The Bahamas and submit a negative result with their health visa application via the travel health visa portal.  Children under the age of 2 are exempt from testing requirements.
  • The following travelers only are exempt from presenting negative COVID-19 test results: Children under the age of two (2), 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), Grand Bahama, Harbour Island or Eleuthera, 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 RT-PCR COVID 19 molecular diagnostic test result will be granted a travel health visa 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.
  • 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 – Fully vaccinated U.S. citizens/residents
      • $40 – Unvaccinated visitors staying up to four (4) nights and five (5) days
      • $60 – Unvaccinated visitors staying longer than four (4) nights and five (5) days
      • $No fee – Fully vaccinated returning Bahamian citizens/residents
    • Exempt from fees: Children 10 years and under; and pilot/crew of commercial airlines who remain overnight in The Bahamas
    • The mandatory Travel Health Insurance fee covers:
    • Medical expenses incurred on-island due to COVID-19, up to US$50,000;
    • Trip interruption/delay for necessary quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19, up to $500/day, $7,000 max
    • Medical evacuation due to COVID-19 and subject to medical necessity, up to $50,000
    • Benefits under the mandatory Travel Health Insurance are paid starting the first day that a person receives a positive COVID-19 rapid antigen test followed by a positive COVID-19 PCR test. The individual must test positive using both tests to claim benefits under the policy. If the individual tests positive via both tests and requires a subsequent test while in The Bahamas, the cost of that test will be reimbursed by the policy.
    • Should a visitor test positive, they should inform their hotel immediately, and should also contact the provider of the mandatory Travel Health Insurance, CG Atlantic Medical & Life, at 242-326-8191 during business hours (9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST) or 1-800-423-9130 on nights/weekends. Trip interruption/delay for necessary quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19, up to $500 USD per day/$7,000 USD max.
    • The traveler will need to make upfront payments to their place of lodging. Benefits will be paid directly to the traveler. You will need to submit a claim for reimbursement.
  • Medical evacuation due to COVID-19, and subject to medical necessity, up to $50,000 USD, should a Physician and the Program Medical Advisor (Covac Global, Inc.) determine that the COVID-19 positive traveler’s age, symptoms of COVID-19 and comorbidities that put him or her at high risk of severe complications of COVID-19.

Entry by sea:  

  • Cruise Passengers: All travelers entering The Bahamas on a cruise ship are subject to the testing requirements mandated by the cruise line and approved by The Bahamian government.
  • Cruise Ships: Effective September 3, 2021 until November 1, 2021, each cruise ship passenger twelve (12) years of age and older must be fully vaccinated prior to embarking on the cruise.  Exempted from the full vaccination requirement is an unvaccinated passenger who is ineligible for the COVID-19 vaccination due to medical contraindications. 
  • Vessels other than cruise ships: 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 requirements listed in “Entry and Exit Requirements” above, and must stop at the port of entry of their intended destination and deliver a copy of their valid Travel Health Visa and either 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 a RT PCR COVID-19 test and a 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:

Effective September 17 and until further notice, curfew hours for the following islands are from 11:59 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.:

  • New Providence (Nassau and Paradise Island)
  • Grand Bahama
  • Exuma mainland
  • Abaco mainland
  • North, Central and South Andros
  • North and South Eleuthera, including Harbour Island
  • Bimini
  • Cat Island

Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes

  • On September 24, the government of The Bahamas announced the following changes with regard to interisland (domestic) travel within The Bahamas will take effective on October 1, 2021:
    • Effective October 1, a Travel Health Visa will no longer be required for interisland travel.
    • Interisland (domestic) travel within The Bahamas:
      • Fully vaccinated individuals traveling interisland from New Providence Island (Nassau) and Grand Bahama Island or any other island of The Bahamas, will be required to present proof of negative results from a rapid antigen test taken no more than five (5) days prior to the date of travel.
  • Unvaccinated individuals traveling from New Providence Island (Nassau) and Grand Bahama Island, will be required to present proof of a RT-PCR test taken no more than five (5) days at the point of embarkation to the operator of the airline or vessel on which they are traveling. Unvaccinated travelers  Individuals traveling from any Bahamian island other than New Providence (Nassau) or Grand Bahama, only a negative rapid antigen test taken within the past five (5) days will be required.
  • Children and Infants: All children between the ages of 2 and 11 wishing to travel within The Bahamas are now required to obtain a COVID-19 test (either rapid antigen test or RT PCR test), with a negative result, within five (5) days of the travel date, when traveling from the following islands:  New Providence (Nassau and Paradise Island), Grand Bahama, Bimini, Exuma, Abaco, and North and South Eleuthera (including Harbour Island).  The negative test result must be submitted with the health visa application via the travel health visa portal.  Children under the age of 2 are exempt from testing requirements.  See also new requirements taking effect on October 1, 2021, listed immediately above.
  • Individuals who are not guests at a hotel or other commercial accommodation situated in New Providence (Nassau) including Paradise Island or mainland Abaco (excluding the Abaco Cays) 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 worn at all times.

Fines for Non-Compliance

  • All dollar figures below refer to both Bahamian and U.S. currency.
  • Failure to wear a mask in public is subject to a fine of $250.
  • Failure to carry government-issued identification is subject to a fine of $500
  • Breach of curfew is subject to a fine of $500 (exemptions: entering and leaving beaches; and while exercising)
  • Submission of a falsified vaccination record is $10,000 or up to two years imprisonment, or both.
  • Submission of a falsified result of a COVID-19 test is subject to a fine not to exceed $4,000 or up to two years in prison, or both.
  • Exceeding more than five (5) persons to a group on the beach is subject to a fine of $500
  • Exceeding more than ten (10) persons to a group while exercising is subject to a fine of $500
  • Patronizing a prohibited business (bars outside of a hotel property) is subject to a fine of $300.  Note:  Sitting at a bar is not permitted.
  • For all other offenses, the fine is $500.

Consular Operations

  • What ACS services are being offered?
    • U.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 resumed routine nonimmigrant visa services, but available interview appointments are significantly reduced.  There are appointments available for all nonimmigrant visa categories; however, the wait times can be considerable.  We prioritize face-to-face interviews for student visas and for emergency travel involving life, health, safety, or the U.S. national interest.  The Embassy regularly reviews and adjusts its level of operation in response to changing circumstances.

Local Resources

COVID-19 Information
Last updated: September 22, 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.

Effective September 1, 2021:

  • All visitors, aged 16 years of age and above, must be “fully vaccinated”. Fully vaccinated means that the person has received 2 doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine and 14 days has elapsed since the second dose. The Ministry of Health has not published a list of approved vaccines.
  • Visitors which test positive during their stay are required to quarantine, at their expense, for 10 days, and receive a negative COVID-19 test prior to release.
  • Returning residents must quarantine for 7 days upon return to the Turks and Caicos. Some exceptions exist for some, but not all, vaccinated persons. Contact the Ministry of Health directly for details if you are a returning resident.
  • All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, will still be required to take a negative COVID-19 test no more than 3 days prior to arrival in the islands.

Details of the new policy have not been published by the Ministry of Health. Once details have been published, this information will be updated.

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 Turks and Caicos approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes
  • Are vaccines available in Turks and Caicos for U.S. citizens to receive?  Vaccines are available only to residents of the Turks and Caicos Islands.
  • Which vaccines are available in Turks and Caicos?  The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
  • Information and guidance for Turks and Caicos residents regarding the COVID-19 vaccine program is available at:  https://covidvaccineregistration.gov.tc/
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
  • The U.S. 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.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
  • All visitors, aged 16 years of age and above, must be “fully vaccinated”. Fully vaccinated means that the person has received 2 doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine and 14 days has elapsed since the second dose.
  • Visitors which test positive during their stay are required to quarantine, at their expense, for 10 days, and receive a negative COVID-19 test prior to release.
  • Returning residents must quarantine for 7 days upon return to the Turks and Caicos. Some exceptions exist for some, but not all, vaccinated persons. Contact the Ministry of Health directly for details if you are a returning resident.
  • All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, will still be required to take a negative COVID-19 test no more than 3 days prior to arrival in the islands.
  • 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:
    • Proof of full vaccination for visitors 16 years of age and older.
    • A negative COVID-19 PCR test result or a negative rapid antigen test result (see also below). The test must be taken within three (3) 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 or a negative rapid antigen test result
     (see also below). The test must be taken within three (3) days prior to travel to the TCI. Children under the age of 10 are excluded from this requirement.
  • 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
    There is currently a curfew in place from 1:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m., until October 31, 2021.
  • 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 automatically upon arrival, 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?
    • U.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 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 prioritize face-to-face interviews for student visas and for emergency travel involving life, health, safety, or the U.S. national interest.  The Embassy regularly reviews and adjusts its level of operation in response to changing circumstances.

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)