COVID-19

 

The health and wellbeing of all remains our number one priority. Diligent efforts by The Bahamanian government are enforced to minimize the spread of COVID-19. The following travel and entry protocols have been put in place to ensure The Bahamas is a safe destination for our group to enjoy. 

Testing Requirements 
VACCINATED TRAVELLERS

  • Those traveling 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 before the date of arrival to The Bahamas. The name and address of the lab where the test was performed must be displayed on the test result. 

  • Effective October 1, 2021, all fully vaccinated travelers wishing to travel inter-island within The Bahamas from Nassau & Paradise Island, Grand Bahama Island, or any other island of The Bahamas, will be required to obtain a negative rapid antigen test, taken no more than five (5) days before the date of travel. 

UNVACCINATED TRAVELLERS

  • Unvaccinated travelers ages 12 and older entering The Bahamas and/or those traveling 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 before the date of arrival. The test must return a negative result for entry into The Bahamas.

  • Negative PCR test results must be uploaded to complete a Bahamas Travel Health Visa application and must be presented upon arrival in The Bahamas.

  • Any person presenting test results older than 5 days will not be allowed entry into The Bahamas. 

  • Effective October 1, 2021, all non-vaccinated travelers wishing to travel inter-island within The Bahamas from Nassau & Paradise Island and Grand Bahama Island will be required to obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test, taken no more than five (5) days before the date of travel, and present to the operator of the airline or vessel on which they are traveling. 

  • For non-vaccinated persons traveling inter-island from any other island of The Bahamas, only a negative result of a rapid antigen test is required.

Bahamas Travel Health Visa Application
All persons traveling to The Bahamas are required to apply for a Bahamas Travel Health Visa at travel.gov.bs

 

VACCINATED TRAVELLERS

  • Fully vaccinated travelers will be required to upload negative test results in addition to valid proof of vaccination (such as CDC or government-issued vaccine record card). 

  • For international travelers, proof of vaccination must confirm they have passed the two-week immunity period.  

  • The Bahamas Government will only be accepting vaccines by Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca. 

UNVACCINATED TRAVELERS
All unvaccinated persons, ages 12 and older, will be required to upload their negative COVID-19 PCR test results. Tests must be taken no more than 5 days before the date of arrival.
Children between the ages of 2 and 11 will be required to upload their negative Rapid Antigen Test or PCR test results.

 
ALL TRAVELLERS: VACCINATED AND UNVACCINATED

  • As part of the Bahamas Travel Health Visa application, travelers will be required to opt-in to COVID-19 health insurance that covers them for the duration of their stay in The Bahamas. The cost of insurance is included in the Bahamas Travel Health Visa application fee. 

  • Bahamas Travel Health Visa applications take up to 48 hours to process and should be completed with adequate lead time.

  • The cost of the Bahamas Travel Health Visa is dependent on the length of stay and vaccination status.

All travelers eighteen (18) years and older are required to complete an individual Bahamas Travel Health Visa application.

Upon Arrival
VACCINATED TRAVELERS

  • There are currently no quarantine requirements for those traveling with approved Bahamas Travel Health Visas.

  • All islands in The Bahamas are open to international and domestic arrivals, including commercial and private aircraft, as well as private yachts and pleasure crafts.

  • All fully vaccinated travelers are exempt from day 5 rapid antigen testing requirements.

  • Fully vaccinated travelers are exempt from completing the daily Health Questionnaire.
     

UNVACCINATED TRAVELERS

  • There are currently no quarantine requirements for those traveling with approved Bahamas Travel Health Visas.

  • All islands in The Bahamas are open to international and domestic arrivals, including commercial and private aircraft, as well as private yachts and pleasure crafts.

  • Day 5 Rapid Antigen Testing (if applicable, based on length of stay and vaccination status): All unvaccinated persons who enter The Bahamas or are traveling inter-island from Nassau & Paradise Island or Grand Bahama Island, and are staying in their destination for longer than four (4) nights and five (5) days will be required to take a rapid COVID-19 antigen test. 

  • All visitors departing on or before Day 5 will not be required to obtain this test.

  • The day of arrival is considered Day 1 of a person’s stay.

  • Daily Health Questionnaire: All unvaccinated persons traveling into and throughout The Bahamas will be required to complete a short daily Health Questionnaire.

  • The questionnaire must be completed upon arrival and each day thereafter for up to 14 days, or the duration of their stay, whichever is shorter. This includes the day of departure if traveling less than 14 days.

 

ADDITIONAL FAQ

 

What happens if I don’t take a rapid antigen test on the fifth day of my stay?
An unvaccinated person staying longer than four nights and five days who fail to undergo a rapid antigen test on the fifth day of their stay is liable to a fine of $1,000 (USD) or possible imprisonment.

Where can I take a rapid antigen test if I’m staying longer than four (4) nights and five (5) days?
All visitors and returning citizens and residents staying longer than four nights and five days will receive a reminder 24 hours before the required test with information on where and how to obtain a test.
An approved list of testing sites is available below.


CAT ISLAND CLINICS
Nursing Officer Elaine Stuart

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Smith's Bay Community Clinic - (242) 354-4050
Orange Creek Community Clinic - (242) 342-3026
Old Bight Community Clinic - (242) 342-4049


Are there any documents I need to bring when getting my rapid antigen test?
All persons taking a rapid antigen test on the fifth day of their stay are required to bring and present their Bahamas Travel Health Visa with a QR code. Tests cannot be properly recorded without the QR code that corresponds to each person’s individual Health Visa.


How much does the rapid test cost?
The cost of the rapid antigen test is included in the Bahamas Health Visa and paid in advance of travel.

 

How long until rapid test results are ready?
The rapid tests are easy, quick and will yield results in 60 minutes or less with results being provided electronically by SMS text message and email.


What if I have a positive result on my rapid antigen test?
All positive test results are reported to the Bahamas Ministry of Health’s Surveillance Unit who will conduct additional clinical screening per their mandates. If an on-island rapid test returns positive, that person will be required to follow up with a COVID-19 RT-PCR swab test. They will be required to self-isolate until the result of the test is known. With a positive result, the traveler may leave the destination via approved medical transportation (using either insurance or personal resources) or quarantine at their booked place of stay. There is no mandatory government facility where visitors will be sent.


What happens if I don’t complete the daily Health Questionnaire?
Compliance with the daily Health Questionnaire is required for all unvaccinated, and those who fail to comply will be subject to penalties. Visitors who fail to complete the daily Health Questionnaire will be deported.