Health Alert – U.S. Embassy, Nassau, The Bahamas

Health Alert

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Nassau, The Bahamas – March 25, 2020  

Location:  The Bahamas  

Event:  UPDATED Flights to Nassau from the Family Islands  

 

For U.S. citizens on the Family Islands seeking flights to Nassau in order to travel onward to the United States, please note the following latest flight information.  The few remaining commercial flights from Nassau to the United States have the potential to cease at any moment and without notice due to a lack of passenger volume, as well as the restrictions now in effect on incoming international flights. 

 

Pineapple Air’s last flight from Eleuthera to Nassau will depart at 4:10 p.m. today; thereafter, Pineapple Air will cease operations through March 31, and potentially longer should the Bahamian government extend the emergency orders related to COVID-19. 

 

The Embassy encourages you to continue to check with the airlines that routinely fly to your island.  

 

Western Air – routes 

Departure Times 

Freeport to Nassau 

6:30 a.m. 

8:00 a.m. 

1:00 p.m. 

3:45 p.m. 

Exuma to Nassau 

8:00 a.m. 

4:00 p.m. 

Abaco to Nassau 

7:30 a.m. 

10:30 a.m. 

3:00 p.m. 

Bimini to Nassau 

9:50 a.m. 

North Andros to Nassau 

7:55 a.m. 

Congo Town (South Andros) to Nassau 

8:00 a.m. 

 

 If you are a U.S. citizen in The Bahamas and you need to return to the United States,we urge you to leave now.   U.S. citizens who choose to remain in The Bahamas should prepare to do so for an indefinite period of time.   

 

On March 23, the Prime Minister of The Bahamas announced additional measures in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. These additional measures include closing all airports of The Bahamas to incoming international flights carrying visitors, starting at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24 (including private airports), until March 31, 2020.We cannot predict if, or for how long, the Bahamian government may extend these orders.  However, Bahamian government officials have already publicly discussed the likelihood of extending the emergency powers orders to combat the spread of COVID-19 for the entire month of April – including airport restrictions. 

 

Please remember that evacuation and charter flights by the U.S. government do not reflect standard practice, and should not be relied upon. U.S. citizens should make plans using commercial travel options while they are available, and do so immediately.  

 

Actions to Take:   

·      Follow the instructions and regulations coming from the Bahamian government; please consult https://covid19.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 COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.   

·      Visit the U.S. Embassy COVID-19 Information Page for information on conditions in The Bahamas.  

·      Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website for the most up-to-date information on travel restrictions to the United States.   

 

Assistance  

U.S. Embassy Nassau, The Bahamas 

#42 Queen Street, Nassau 

+1-242-322-1181  

ACSNassau@state.gov  

U.S. Embassy Nassau webpage   

 

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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