Health Alert – The Bahamas

Health Alert Bahamas

Event:   Updated Entry Requirements for The Bahamas

The Bahamas reopened its international borders on July 1, 2020 to all travelers, including visitors, via commercial airlines, private aviation, and vessels.  The following current entry requirements are strictly enforced and subject to change.   We encourage you to monitor http://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.

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.

MANDATORY ENTRY REQUIREMENTS BEFORE ENTERING THE BAHAMAS (International Travel)

Failure to comply with any of these requirements will result in denied entry.

  • 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 within 7 days.)  For testing locations, you may wish to contact your local or state health department.  *The following are exempt from the requirement to present a RT PCR (molecular swab) test with a negative result:  Children under the age of 2; private pilots who do not deplane; and Bahamian citizens and residents who have been abroad for fewer than 72 hours.  Bahamian citizens and residents (only) that are unable to acquire a test abroad and can demonstrate its unavailability, may re-enter The Bahamas without RT PCR (molecular swab) negative test results but 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 for both entry to The Bahamas and return to the United States.

 MANDATORY REQUIREMENT BEFORE TRAVELING FROM ONE BAHAMIAN ISLAND TO ANOTHER (Domestic Travel)

  • Prior to traveling from one island to another within The Bahamas, each traveler must go to travel.gov.bs, select “Domestic” and complete and submit the online Travel Health Card.A confirmation will be provided via email.  Each traveler must present their confirmation upon arrival at their destination.

 WHILE IN THE BAHAMAS

  • No quarantine is currently required 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 http://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:

For Assistance:

For U.S. Citizens in an Emergency:

  • Call State Department – Consular Affairs at
  • 1 888-407-4747 (when dialing from within the U.S.)
  • +1 (202) 501-4444 (when dialing from overseas)

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