Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Nassau, The Bahamas (March 16, 2020)
On March 15, the Bahamas’ Ministry of Health announced one confirmed case of COVID-19 in New Providence.
On the same date, the Office of the Prime Minister announced that as of Thursday, March 19, all foreign nationals who have traveled in the United Kingdom, Ireland or Europe in the last twenty (20) days will be prohibited entry to The Bahamas at any point of entry.
This restriction is in addition to The Bahamian government’s March 5 restriction that any non-resident who has visited China, South Korea, Iran, or Italy in the last twenty (20) days will be denied entry into The Bahamas.
Bahamian citizens and residents returning from any of these countries will now be subjected to quarantine or self-isolation measures for a maximum of fourteen (14) days.
The Prime Minister also stated that this list of countries will continue to be monitored for updates; the Prime Minister did not set an end-date for the above restrictions.
The Ministry of Health is providing updates on COVID-19 on its website.
The Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 hotline numbers for the public are:
- +1-242-376-9350 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.)
- +1-242-376-9387 (8:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.)
Actions to Take:
- Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
- For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
- Check with your airlines or cruise lines regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
- Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in The Bahamas.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s websiteon the latest travel restrictions to the U.S.