COVID-19 entry restrictions
Different rules apply to residents and visitors, fully vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers and different age groups. The rules can change at short notice, check the Ministry of Tourism’s website for the latest.
Until Sunday 19 June, all visitors must submit a Bahamas Travel Health Visa Trip application. The health visa application is available from The Bahamas travel page. This requirement will be removed at 00:01 on Sunday 19 June 2022.
If you’re fully vaccinated
From 19 June 2022, fully vaccinated adult travellers will no longer require a negative COVID-19 test for entry into and inter-island journeys within The Bahamas.
Find out if you qualify as fully vaccinated in The Bahamas on The Bahamas Travel page.
Proof of vaccination status
You must present proof that you have been fully vaccinated to enter The Bahamas. You may also be asked to present proof of vaccination to enter a variety of locations in The Bahamas and should carry it with you at all times.
The Bahamas will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. Your final vaccine dose must have been administered at least 14 days prior to travel. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
If you’re not fully vaccinated
If you are not fully vaccinated and are aged 12 and over you must present a negative COVID 19 PCR test, taken no more than three days (72 hours) prior to the date of arrival to The Bahamas. Self-administered tests are not accepted.
Residents of The Bahamas
Bahamian residents who are not fully vaccinated must provide proof of a negative COVID PCR test taken no more than three days (72 hours) prior to the date of arrival to The Bahamas. Self-administered tests are not accepted.
If you’ve had COVID-19 in the past year
If you are not fully vaccinated but have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last year, you must follow the entry and inter-island travel rules set out for travellers who are not fully vaccinated.
Children and young people
Children aged 1 and under are exempt from any testing requirements.
Children visiting aged 2 to 11 inclusive are required to present a negative COVID-19 test (either a Rapid Antigen Test or PCR), taken no more than three days (72 hours) prior to the date of arrival to The Bahamas and need a trip created on an adult’s Travel health visa profile.
Children aged 12 and over must follow the rules set out for vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers.
If you’re transiting through The Bahamas
Transiting is when you pass through one country on the way to your final destination.
If you are transiting through The Bahamas on your way to another country and not passing through immigration, you need to follow the latest guidance provided by your airline.
If you are transiting through The Bahamas on your way to another country and will be passing through immigration (sometimes known as a layover), for example to stay in a hotel for a flight the next day or to join a cruise ship, you need to follow the rules applicable to your vaccination status.
Check your passport and travel documents before you travel
British nationals visiting are usually allowed entry into the Bahamas for up to 21 days. This can be extended up to a maximum of 8 months by applying to the Department of Immigration in Nassau. Penalties for overstaying include fines and detention pending deportation.
If you require a visitor visa, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has an electronic visa application process. The official website is: https://mofa.gov.bs/obtaining-official-documents/visitors-visa/. Please email email@example.com for more information on visa processing fees and turnaround times.
For all other types of travel, seek advice from the Bahamian High Commission in London.
If you are travelling via the USA, you may need to apply for an ESTA. The Bahamas counts as part of the ‘contiguous territory and islands’ for US visa waiver purposes and time spent in The Bahamas counts towards the 90 day maximum permitted stay in the US under this waiver. If you travel to The Bahamas via the USA under US visa waiver arrangements and are in any doubt about your US visa status, you should seek advice from either the US Immigration and Naturalisation Service or any US diplomatic mission before starting your return journey.
If you’re concerned about your immigration status (e.g. overstaying a visa) due to the emergency restrictions, contact the Department of Immigration on 225 5337 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Guidance on how to apply for an electronic extension to stay and other COVID-19 related immigration concerns has also been published on the Department of Immigration website.
You must hold a valid passport to enter The Bahamas. Your passport should be valid for six months from the date of departure from The Bahamas.
Yellow fever certificate requirements
There is no yellow fever risk in The Bahamas however there may be a certificate requirement. Check whether you need a yellow fever certificate by visiting the National Travel Health Network and Centre’s TravelHealthPro website.