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The Bahamas travel restrictions

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Airlines Updates

15.09.2020 bahamasair last week resumed domestic service, initially operating following routes, effective from 10SEP20. Additional changes remain possible.

Nassau – Acklins – Crooked Island – Nassau 1 weekly
Nassau – Crooked Island – Acklins – Nassau 1 weekly
Nassau – Deadman’s Cay 4 weekly
Nassau – Freeport 1 daily
Nassau – George Town 1 daily
Nassau – Governor’s Harbour 3 weekly
Nassau – Marsh Harbour 6 weekly
Nassau – Mayaguana – Inagua – Nassau 2 weekly
Nassau – North Eleuthera 3 weekly
Nassau – Rock sound 1 daily
Nassau – San Salvador 2 weekly
Nassau – Treasure Cay – Marsh Harbour – Nassau 1 weekly

Published on 03.09.2020
Silver Airways Sep 2020 International network as of 30AUG20

Published on 03.07.2020
Silver Airways July 2020 Bahamas operations as of 01JUL20

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Full Restrictions
Open for travel from The Bahamas
Crossing Rules
  • Passengers are not permitted to enter the Bahamas.
  • This does not apply to the following passengers, provided they enter the Bahamas through any other airport than Freeport Grand Bahama International Airport (FPO):
    • Nationals and residents of the Bahamas,
    • Passengers arriving from the European Union, Schengen Area member states, Canada or the United Kingdom.
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Flight Restrictions

published 13.07.2020
1. Passengers must complete a “Bahamas Health Visa” application at www.travel.gov.bs before departure. They must upload their negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) RT-PCR test result or select relevant exemption category, and provide their contact information. Passengers must present the approved “Bahamas Health Visa” application at check-in and upon arrival.
2. Passengers must have a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) RT-PCR test result from a sample dated 10 days or less before arrival.
– This does not apply to passengers who are 10 years and younger.
3. Nationals and residents of Bahamas without a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) RT-PCR test result are subject to quarantine with monitoring for 14 days.
4. Nationals and residents of Bahamas arriving from Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Cayman Isl., Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and Turks and Caicos Isl. without a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) RT-PCR test result are subject to quarantine with monitoring for 14 days.
5. Airline crew staying in the Bahamas for a maximum of 24 hours must complete a “Bahamas Health Visa” application at travel.gov.bs before departure. They must present the approved “Bahamas Health Visa” application and employment identification upon arrival.

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Quarantine

Quarantine requirement at government designated site.

The 14-day quarantine applies to persons entering The Bahamas via commercial air and private flights, charter flights, pleasure craft, or yachts (from any country).

Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification required for entering the country.

A negative COVID-19 RT PCR (molecular swab) test certificate is required on entry as well as a health visa application for international travel and a health card application for domestic travel. 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 5 days prior to the date of arrival. The health visa application is available from The Bahamas travel page . An automated email response will be provided once the application is completed. This confirmation must be presented upon arrival in The Bahamas. Allow 72 hours to process. Children 10 years old or younger are exempt from presenting a COVID-19 test upon entering The Bahamas.

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Vaccination

Yellow fever (2018)
Country requirement at entry: a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers aged 1 year
or over arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited for
more than 12 hours through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.

WHO vaccination recommendation: no

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Full Restrictions

  • The Bahamas Government bans all international flights in New Providence (Miami Herald, 18.08.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Flight availability is restricted, only limited international and domestic flight options are available while the state of emergency remains in force. The emergency restrictions of 23 July have introduced mandatory quarantine and mandatory testing (at the traveller’s own expense) for visitors, nationals and residents entering The Bahamas by commercial means. The orders which set this out are available on the Prime Minister’s website [https://opm.gov.bs/emergency-powers-covid19-pandemicno-2-order-2020-final/]. The 14-day quarantine applies to persons entering The Bahamas via commercial air and private flights, charter flights, pleasure craft, or yachts (from any country). Visitors entering must follow the mandatory entry requirements for entering The Bahamas, including the COVID-19 testing and Travel Health Visa Application procedures outlined below. Travellers are permitted to quarantine at a hotel, private club, rented accommodation (eg. AirBnB), or on a private yacht or sailing vessel. A negative COVID-19 RT PCR (molecular swab) test certificate is required on entry as well as a health visa application for international travel and a health card application for domestic travel. 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 10 days prior to the date of arrival. The health visa application is available from The Bahamas travel page [https://travel.gov.bs/]. An automated email response will be provided once the application is completed. This confirmation must be presented upon arrival in The Bahamas. Allow 72 hours to process. Children 10 years old or younger are exempt from presenting a COVID-19 test upon entering The Bahamas. In addition to the health visa requirements, health screening and social distancing measures are in effect at all international and domestic airports. You should expect longer waiting times on arrival.

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    Internal restrictions:

    A public state of emergency [https://opm.gov.bs/category/press-room/emergency-orders-covid-19/] is in place until 30 September under the Emergency (COVID-19) Orders, 2020. The measures are available at the Office of the Prime Minister website [https://opm.gov.bs/category/press-room/emergency-orders-covid-19/] and are subject to change by the Bahamian government. Due to community spread of COVID-19, islands and cays have been categorised into three levels (level one: low risk; level two: high risk; and level three: grave/critical risk). Inter-Island travel between level one islands (Acklins, Chub Cay, Crooked Island, Inagua, Long Cay, Long Island, Mayaguana, Ragged Island, and Rum Cay) is permitted. All other inter-island travel is restricted and subject to change at short notice. Details of the travel health certificate for domestic travel are available from the Bahamian government website [https://travel.gov.bs/]. A complete lockdown is in effect on the island of New Providence from 18 to 25 August 2020.
    Only essential health services are available. No flights will operate in or out of the island. A lockdown is in effect on the island of Grand Bahama from 18 to 25 August 2020 for all islands except Mayaguana, Inagua, Chub Cay, Long Cay, Long Island, Rum Cay, Ragged Island and Spanish Wells. During the lockdown period (18 to 25 August 2020), domestic travel is only allowed between level two and level three risk islands by private charter preapproved by the Office of the Prime Minister and the Bahamian Civil Aviation Authority (BCAA). As of 19 August, grocery shops, pharmacies, water depots, hardware stores and petrol stations are open between 6:00am and 9:00pm and commercial banks and insurance companies are open between 8:00am and 5:00pm. All other non-essential businesses are closed for the duration of the lockdown period unless otherwise specified by local authorities. Updates are available at the Office of the Prime Minister website [https://opm.gov.bs/].
    The following measures are in place throughout the Bahamas: Face masks must be worn in any public space and must be worn for entry into supermarkets, pharmacies and businesses. Face masks or coverings must cover your nose and mouth; face mask must also be visible and easily identifiable. A government issued identification must be carried on person to present at police checkpoints, which have been established on several islands. Beaches and national parks are closed. Socially distancing is set at 6ft apart. You may be required to stand or sit in a designated area according to the social distancing measures in place in a particular location. Hand washing and/or hand sanitizing is required upon entry into public buildings and private establishments. A security guard may ask you to wash your hands or they may spray your hands with a disinfectant. Health officers can order persons to be detained for screening and assessment and may order isolation or quarantine on reasonable grounds in order to prevent further spread of the disease. Visitors may incur the cost of quarantine and testing in government designated quarantine facilities. If you are placed in quarantine or self-isolation, you may be required to download an app (Hubbcat) to enhance support and monitoring. Failure to comply with the Emergency (COVID-19) Orders, will result in fines and/or imprisonment. On 28 June, a COVID enforcement unit of the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBDF) was established to ensure compliance with the Emergency Orders. All Emergency Orders are available on the Office of the Prime Minister’s COVID19 section [https://opm.gov.bs/category/press-room/emergency-orders-covid-19/].
    The Ministry of Tourism provides information about accommodation [https://www.bahamas.com/tourism-reopening] that has received a ‘Clean and Pristine’ certificate from The Bahamas’ Clean and Pristine Certification Agency. Hotels, lodges and bed and breakfasts provide tourists with information on how the Emergency (COVID-19) Orders, 2020 apply to their establishments.

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    27.08.2020
  • The Bahamas Government bans all international flights in New Providence (Miami Herald, 18.08.2020). Government announces complete national lockdown for at least two weeks, starting 04AU20 at 2200h (Nation News, 04.08.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Flight availability is restricted, only limited international and domestic flight options are available while the state of emergency remains in force. The emergency restrictions of 23 July have introduced mandatory government quarantine and mandatory testing (at the traveller’s own expense) for visitors, nationals and residents entering The Bahamas by commercial means. The orders which set this out are available on the Prime Minister’s website [https://opm.gov.bs/emergency-powers-covid19-pandemicno-2-order-2020-final/]. The 14-day quarantine applies to persons entering The Bahamas via commercial air. It does not apply to private flights, charter flights, pleasure craft, or yachts (from any country). However, visitors entering via private or charter vessels must still follow the other mandatory entry requirements for entering The Bahamas, to include the COVID-19 testing and Travel Health Visa Application procedures. A negative COVID-19 RT PCR (molecular swab) test certificate is required on entry as well as a health visa application for international travel and a health card application for domestic travel. 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 5 days prior to the date of arrival. The health visa application is available from The Bahamas travel page [https://travel.gov.bs/]. An automated email response will be provided once the application is completed. This confirmation must be presented upon arrival in The Bahamas. Allow 72 hours to process. Children 10 years old or younger are exempt from presenting a COVID-19 test upon entering The Bahamas. In addition to the health visa requirements, health screening and social distancing measures are in effect at all international and domestic airports. You should expect longer waiting times on arrival.

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    Internal restrictions:

    A public state of emergency [https://opm.gov.bs/category/press-room/emergency-orders-covid-19/] is in place until 30 September under the Emergency (COVID-19) Orders, 2020. The measures are available at the Office of the Prime Minister website [https://opm.gov.bs/category/press-room/emergency-orders-covid-19/] and are subject to change by the Bahamian government. Due to community spread of COVID-19, islands and cays have been categorised into three levels (level one: low risk; level two: high risk; and level three: grave/critical risk). Inter-Island travel between level one islands (Acklins, Chub Cay, Crooked Island, Inagua, Long Cay, Long Island, Mayaguana, Ragged Island, and Rum Cay) is permitted. All other inter-island travel is restricted and subject to change at short notice. Details of the travel health certificate for domestic travel are available from the Bahamian government website [https://travel.gov.bs/]. A complete lockdown is in effect on the island of New Providence from 18 to 25 August 2020.
    Only essential health services are available. No flights will operate in or out of the island. A lockdown is in effect on the island of Grand Bahama from 18 to 25 August 2020 for all islands except Mayaguana, Inagua, Chub Cay, Long Cay, Long Island, Rum Cay, Ragged Island and Spanish Wells. During the lockdown period (18 to 25 August 2020), domestic travel is only allowed between level two and level three risk islands by private charter preapproved by the Office of the Prime Minister and the Bahamian Civil Aviation Authority (BCAA). As of 19 August, grocery shops, pharmacies, water depots, hardware stores and petrol stations are open between 6:00am and 9:00pm and commercial banks and insurance companies are open between 8:00am and 5:00pm. All other non-essential businesses are closed for the duration of the lockdown period unless otherwise specified by local authorities. Updates are available at the Office of the Prime Minister website [https://opm.gov.bs/].
    The following measures are in place throughout the Bahamas: Face masks must be worn in any public space and must be worn for entry into supermarkets, pharmacies and businesses. Face masks or coverings must cover your nose and mouth; face mask must also be visible and easily identifiable. A government issued identification must be carried on person to present at police checkpoints, which have been established on several islands. Beaches and national parks are closed. Socially distancing is set at 6ft apart. You may be required to stand or sit in a designated area according to the social distancing measures in place in a particular location. Hand washing and/or hand sanitizing is required upon entry into public buildings and private establishments. A security guard may ask you to wash your hands or they may spray your hands with a disinfectant. Health officers can order persons to be detained for screening and assessment and may order isolation or quarantine on reasonable grounds in order to prevent further spread of the disease. Visitors may incur the cost of quarantine and testing in government designated quarantine facilities. If you are placed in quarantine or self-isolation, you may be required to download an app (Hubbcat) to enhance support and monitoring. Failure to comply with the Emergency (COVID-19) Orders, will result in fines and/or imprisonment. On 28 June, a COVID enforcement unit of the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBDF) was established to ensure compliance with the Emergency Orders. All Emergency Orders are available on the Office of the Prime Minister’s COVID19 section [https://opm.gov.bs/category/press-room/emergency-orders-covid-19/].
    The Ministry of Tourism provides information about accommodation [https://www.bahamas.com/tourism-reopening] that has received a ‘Clean and Pristine’ certificate from The Bahamas’ Clean and Pristine Certification Agency. Hotels, lodges and bed and breakfasts provide tourists with information on how the Emergency (COVID-19) Orders, 2020 apply to their establishments.

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    22.08.2020
  • The Bahamas Government bans all international flights in New Providence (Miami Herald, 18.08.2020). Government announces complete national lockdown for at least two weeks, starting 04AU20 at 2200h (Nation News, 04.08.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Flight availability is restricted, only limited international and domestic flight options are available while the state of emergency remains in force. The emergency restrictions of 23 July have introduced mandatory government quarantine and mandatory testing (at the traveller’s own expense) for visitors, nationals and residents entering The Bahamas by commercial means. The orders which set this out are available on the Prime Minister’s website [https://opm.gov.bs/emergency-powers-covid19-pandemicno-2-order-2020-final/]. The 14-day quarantine applies to persons entering The Bahamas via commercial air. It does not apply to private flights, charter flights, pleasure craft, or yachts (from any country). However, visitors entering via private or charter vessels must still follow the other mandatory entry requirements for entering The Bahamas, to include the COVID-19 testing and Travel Health Visa Application procedures. A negative COVID-19 RT PCR (molecular swab) test certificate is required on entry as well as a health visa application for international travel and a health card application for domestic travel. 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 5 days prior to the date of arrival. The health visa application is available from The Bahamas travel page [https://travel.gov.bs/]. An automated email response will be provided once the application is completed. This confirmation must be presented upon arrival in The Bahamas. Allow 72 hours to process. Children 10 years old or younger are exempt from presenting a COVID-19 test upon entering The Bahamas. In addition to the health visa requirements, health screening and social distancing measures are in effect at all international and domestic airports. You should expect longer waiting times on arrival.

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    Internal restrictions:

    A public state of emergency [https://opm.gov.bs/category/press-room/emergency-orders-covid-19/] is in place until 30 September under the Emergency (COVID-19) Orders, 2020. The measures are available at the Office of the Prime Minister website [https://opm.gov.bs/category/press-room/emergency-orders-covid-19/] and are subject to change by the Bahamian government. Due to community spread of COVID-19, islands and cays have been categorised into three levels (level one: low risk; level two: high risk; and level three: grave/critical risk). Inter-Island travel between level one islands (Acklins, Chub Cay, Crooked Island, Inagua, Long Cay, Long Island, Mayaguana, Ragged Island, and Rum Cay) is permitted. All other inter-island travel is restricted and subject to change at short notice. Details of the travel health certificate for domestic travel are available from the Bahamian government website [https://travel.gov.bs/]. A complete lockdown is in effect on the island of New Providence from 18 to 25 August 2020. Only essential health services are available. No flights will operate in or out of the island. A lockdown is in effect on the island of Grand Bahama from 18 to 25 August 2020. During the lockdown period (18 to 25 August 2020), domestic travel is only allowed between level two and level three risk islands by private charter preapproved by the Office of the Prime Minister and the Bahamian Civil Aviation Authority (BCAA). Essential health services, grocery stores, gas stations and water depots are open. Rules for lockdown measures on specific islands and cays are available at the Office of the Prime Minister website [https://opm.gov.bs/]. The following measures are in place throughout the Bahamas: Face masks must be worn in any public space and must be worn for entry into supermarkets, pharmacies and businesses. Face masks or coverings must cover your nose and mouth; face mask must also be visible and easily identifiable. A government issued identification must be carried on person to present at police checkpoints, which have been established on several islands. Beaches and national parks are closed. Socially distancing is set at 6ft apart. You may be required to stand or sit in a designated area according to the social distancing measures in place in a particular location. Hand washing and/or hand sanitizing is required upon entry into public buildings and private establishments. A security guard may ask you to wash your hands or they may spray your hands with a disinfectant. Health officers can order persons to be detained for screening and assessment and may order isolation or quarantine on reasonable grounds in order to prevent further spread of the disease. Visitors may incur the cost of quarantine and testing in government designated quarantine facilities. If you are placed in quarantine or self-isolation, you may be required to download an app (Hubbcat) to enhance support and monitoring. Failure to comply with the Emergency (COVID-19) Orders, will result in fines and/or imprisonment. On 28 June, a COVID enforcement unit of the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBDF) was established to ensure compliance with the Emergency Orders. All Emergency Orders are available on the Office of the Prime Minister’s COVID19 section [https://opm.gov.bs/category/press-room/emergency-orders-covid-19/].
    The Ministry of Tourism provides information about accommodation [https://www.bahamas.com/tourism-reopening] that has received a ‘Clean and Pristine’ certificate from The Bahamas’ Clean and Pristine Certification Agency. Hotels, lodges and bed and breakfasts provide tourists with information on how the Emergency (COVID-19) Orders, 2020 apply to their establishments.

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    19.08.2020
  • The Bahamas Government bans all international flights in New Providence (Miami Herald, 18.08.2020). Government announces complete national lockdown for at least two weeks, starting 04AU20 at 2200h (Nation News, 04.08.2020)

    *****

    International restrictions:

    Flight availability is restricted, only limited international and domestic flight options are available while the state of emergency remains in force. The emergency restrictions of 23 July have introduced mandatory government quarantine and mandatory testing (at the traveller’s own expense) for visitors, nationals and residents entering The Bahamas by commercial means. The orders which set this out are available on the Prime Minister’s website [https://opm.gov.bs/emergency-powers-covid19-pandemicno-2-order-2020-final/]. The 14-day quarantine applies to persons entering The Bahamas via commercial air. It does not apply to private flights, charter flights, pleasure craft, or yachts (from any country). However, visitors entering via private or charter vessels must still follow the other mandatory entry requirements for entering The Bahamas, to include the COVID-19 testing and Travel Health Visa Application procedures. A negative COVID-19 RT PCR (molecular swab) test certificate is required on entry as well as a health visa application for international travel and a health card application for domestic travel. 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 5 days prior to the date of arrival. The health visa application is available from The Bahamas travel page [https://travel.gov.bs/]. An automated email response will be provided once the application is completed. This confirmation must be presented upon arrival in The Bahamas. Allow 72 hours to process. Children 10 years old or younger are exempt from presenting a COVID-19 test upon entering The Bahamas. In addition to the health visa requirements, health screening and social distancing measures are in effect at all international and domestic airports. You should expect longer waiting times on arrival.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    A public state of emergency [https://opm.gov.bs/category/press-room/emergency-orders-covid-19/] is in place until 30 September under the Emergency (COVID-19) Orders, 2020. The measures are available at the Office of the Prime Minister website [https://opm.gov.bs/category/press-room/emergency-orders-covid-19/] and are subject to change by the Bahamian government. Due to community spread of COVID-19, islands and cays have been categorised into three levels (level one: low risk; level two: high risk; and level three: grave/critical risk). Inter-Island travel between level one islands (Acklins, Chub Cay, Crooked Island, Inagua, Long Cay, Long Island, Mayaguana, Ragged Island, and Rum Cay) is permitted. All other inter-island travel is restricted and subject to change at short notice. Details of the travel health certificate for domestic travel are available from the Bahamian government website [https://travel.gov.bs/]. A complete lockdown is in effect on the island of New Providence from 18 to 25 August 2020. Only essential health services are available. No flights will operate in or out of the island. A lockdown is in effect on the island of Grand Bahama from 18 to 25 August 2020. Essential health services, grocery stores, gas stations and water depots are open. Rules for lockdown measures on specific islands and cays are available at the Office of the Prime Minister website [https://opm.gov.bs/]. The following measures are in place throughout the Bahamas: Face masks must be worn in any public space and must be worn for entry into supermarkets, pharmacies and businesses. Face masks or coverings must cover your nose and mouth; face mask must also be visible and easily identifiable. A government issued identification must be carried on person to present at police checkpoints, which have been established on several islands. Beaches and national parks are closed. Socially distancing is set at 6ft apart. You may be required to stand or sit in a designated area according to the social distancing measures in place in a particular location. Hand washing and/or hand sanitizing is required upon entry into public buildings and private establishments. A security guard may ask you to wash your hands or they may spray your hands with a disinfectant. Health officers can order persons to be detained for screening and assessment and may order isolation or quarantine on reasonable grounds in order to prevent further spread of the disease. Visitors may incur the cost of quarantine and testing in government designated quarantine facilities. If you are placed in quarantine or self-isolation, you may be required to download an app (Hubbcat) to enhance support and monitoring. Failure to comply with the Emergency (COVID-19) Orders, will result in fines and/or imprisonment. On 28 June, a COVID enforcement unit of the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBDF) was established to ensure compliance with the Emergency Orders. All Emergency Orders are available on the Office of the Prime Minister’s COVID19 section [https://opm.gov.bs/category/press-room/emergency-orders-covid-19/].
    The Ministry of Tourism provides information about accommodation [https://www.bahamas.com/tourism-reopening] that has received a ‘Clean and Pristine’ certificate from The Bahamas’ Clean and Pristine Certification Agency. Hotels, lodges and bed and breakfasts provide tourists with information on how the Emergency (COVID-19) Orders, 2020 apply to their establishments.

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    18.08.2020
  • The Bahamas Government announces complete national lockdown for at least two weeks, starting 04AU20 at 2200h (Nation News, 04.08.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    The Bahamas reopened its borders on July 1 to all travelers, including visitors. From midnight 22 July, only international commercial flights from Canada, the UK and European Union will be allowed to operate inbound and outbound in The Bahamas. Flight availability is restricted, only limited international and domestic flight options are available while the state of emergency remains in force. A negative COVID-19 test certificate is required on entry as well as other measures in support of a health visa application for international travel and a health card application for domestic travel. More details are available from The Bahamas travel page [https://travel.gov.bs/].
    The emergency restrictions of 23 July have introduced mandatory government quarantine and mandatory testing (at the traveller’s own expense) for visitors, nationals and residents entering The Bahamas by commercial means. The orders which set this out are available on the Prime Minister’s website [https://opm.gov.bs/emergency-powers-covid19-pandemicno-2-order-2020-final/]. A negative COVID-19 test certificate is required on entry as well as a health visa application for international travel and a health card application for domestic travel. In addition to the health visa and card requirements, health screening and social distancing measures are in effect at all international and domestic airports.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    A public state of emergency is in place until 30 September under the Emergency (COVID-19) Orders, 2020. The measures are available at the Office of the Prime Minister website and are subject to change by the Bahamian government. A nation-wide lockdown is in effect from 4-19 August. You may only leave your residence for medical emergencies or to visit grocery stores, pharmacies and gas stations (these merchants may operate on Monday, Wednesday and Friday). You must otherwise remain within the confines of your home/yard or lodging.

    Inter-island travel is restricted and subject to change at short notice. Details of the travel health certificate for domestic travel are available from the Bahamian government website [https://travel.gov.bs/]. Beaches and national parks are closed. Health officers can order persons to be detained for screening and assessment and may order isolation or quarantine on reasonable grounds in order to prevent further spread of the disease. Visitors may incur the cost of quarantine and testing in government designated quarantine facilities.

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    04.08.2020
  • The Bahamas Bahamian government reverses its earlier decision to ban U.S. travelers (TMR, 29.07.2020). Country-wide weekend lockdown to begin at 10pm, 24 July as COVID-19 cases surge. The lockdown will end on Monday at 5am. (Tribune242, 24.07.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    The Bahamas reopened its borders on July 1 to all travelers, including visitors. From midnight 22 July, only international commercial flights from Canada, the UK and European Union will be allowed to operate inbound and outbound in The Bahamas. Flight availability is restricted, only limited international and domestic flight options are available while the state of emergency remains in force. A negative COVID-19 test certificate is required on entry as well as other measures in support of a health visa application for international travel and a health card application for domestic travel. More details are available from The Bahamas travel page [https://travel.gov.bs/].
    The emergency restrictions of 23 July have introduced mandatory government quarantine and mandatory testing (at the traveller’s own expense) for visitors, nationals and residents entering The Bahamas by commercial means. The orders which set this out are available on the Prime Minister’s website [https://opm.gov.bs/emergency-powers-covid19-pandemicno-2-order-2020-final/]. A negative COVID-19 test certificate is required on entry as well as a health visa application for international travel and a health card application for domestic travel. In addition to the health visa and card requirements, health screening and social distancing measures are in effect at all international and domestic airports.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    A public state of emergency is in place until 30 September under the Emergency (COVID-19) Orders, 2020. The measures are available at the Office of the Prime Minister website and are subject to change by the Bahamian government. The situation and rules vary across the islands. Grand Bahama is on a local lockdown and the rules are available at the Office of the Prime Minister.Inter-island travel will cease from 7pm on 28 July. Only emergency travel to and from Grand Bahama is permitted as a local lockdown has been implemented by the Bahamian government until 7 August.Inter-island travel is restricted and subject to change at short notice. Details of the travel health certificate for domestic travel are available from the Bahamian government website. The emergency measures include: Face masks must be worn in any public space and must be worn for entry into supermarkets, pharmacies and businesses. Face masks or coverings must cover your nose and mouth; face mask must also be visible and easily identifiable. A government issued identification must be carried on person to present at police checkpoints, which have been established on several islands. A curfew is imposed from 7pm to 5am. Unless they are experiencing a health emergency, tourists are expected to stay in their hotel compound during the curfew. A full lockdown is in effect every weekend until further notice, from Fridays at 10pm through Mondays at 5am. During weekend lockdowns, you may only leave your residence for medical emergencies or to visit grocery stores, pharmacies and gas stations (these merchants may operate from 7am to 6pm). You must remain within the confines of your home/yard or lodging Beaches and parks on New Providence and the surrounding islands and cays are closed. Socially distancing is set at 6ft apart. You may be required to stand or sit in a designated area according to the social distancing measures in place in a particular location. Hand washing and/or hand sanitizing is required upon entry into public buildings and private establishments. A security guard may ask you to wash your hands or they may spray your hands with a disinfectant. Public gatherings and public movement may be restricted. Health officers can order persons to be detained for screening and assessment and may order isolation or quarantine on reasonable grounds in order to prevent further spread of the disease. Visitors may incur the cost of quarantine and testing in government designated quarantine facilities. If you are placed in quarantine or self-isolation, you may be required to download an app to enhance support and monitoring. Failure to comply with the Emergency (COVID-19) Orders, will result in fines and/or imprisonment. On 28 June, a COVID enforcement unit of the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBDF) was established to ensure compliance with the Emergency Orders. All Emergency Orders are available on the Office of the Prime Minister’s COVID19 section.

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    29.07.2020
  • The Bahamas Country-wide weekend lockdown to begin at 10pm, 24 July as COVID-19 cases surge. The lockdown will end on Monday at 5am. (Tribune242, 24.07.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    Flight availability is restricted, only limited international and domestic flight options are available while the state of emergency remains in force. From midnight 22 July, only international commercial flights from Canada, the UK and European Union will be allowed to operate inbound and outbound in The Bahamas. Flight availability is restricted, only limited international and domestic flight options are available while the state of emergency remains in force. A negative COVID-19 test certificate is required on entry as well as other measures in support of a health visa application for international travel and a health card application for domestic travel. More details are available from The Bahamas travel page [https://travel.gov.bs/].
    The emergency restrictions of 23 July have introduced mandatory government quarantine and mandatory testing (at the traveller’s own expense) for visitors, nationals and residents entering The Bahamas by commercial means. The orders which set this out are available on the Prime Minister’s website [https://opm.gov.bs/emergency-powers-covid19-pandemicno-2-order-2020-final/]. A negative COVID-19 test certificate is required on entry as well as a health visa application for international travel and a health card application for domestic travel. In addition to the health visa and card requirements, health screening and social distancing measures are in effect at all international and domestic airports.

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    Internal restrictions:

    A public state of emergency is in place until 30 September under the Emergency (COVID-19) Orders, 2020. The measures are available at the Office of the Prime Minister website and are subject to change by the Bahamian government. The situation and rules vary across the islands. Grand Bahama is on a local lockdown and the rules are available at the Office of the Prime Minister.Inter-island travel will cease from 7pm on 28 July. Only emergency travel to and from Grand Bahama is permitted as a local lockdown has been implemented by the Bahamian government until 7 August.Before the full ban on inter-island travel goes into effect on 28 July, travellers returning from New Providence (Nassau), or other islands where COVID-19 is present, to another island must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. This is subject to change at short notice. Details of the travel health certificate for domestic travel are available from the Bahamian government website. The emergency measures include: Face masks must be worn in any public space and must be worn for entry into supermarkets, pharmacies and businesses. Face masks or coverings must cover your nose and mouth; face mask must also be visible and easily identifiable. A government issued identification must be carried on person to present at police checkpoints, which have been established on several islands. A curfew is imposed from 7pm to 5am. Unless they are experiencing a health emergency, tourists are expected to stay in their hotel compound during the curfew. A full lockdown is in effect every weekend until further notice, from Fridays at 10pm through Mondays at 5am. During weekend lockdowns, you may only leave your residence for medical emergencies or to visit grocery stores, pharmacies and gas stations (these merchants may operate from 7am to 6pm). You must remain within the confines of your home/yard or lodging Beaches and parks on New Providence and the surrounding islands and cays are closed. Socially distancing is set at 6ft apart. You may be required to stand or sit in a designated area according to the social distancing measures in place in a particular location. Hand washing and/or hand sanitizing is required upon entry into public buildings and private establishments. A security guard may ask you to wash your hands or they may spray your hands with a disinfectant. Public gatherings and public movement may be restricted. Health officers can order persons to be detained for screening and assessment and may order isolation or quarantine on reasonable grounds in order to prevent further spread of the disease. Visitors may incur the cost of quarantine and testing in government designated quarantine facilities. If you are placed in quarantine or self-isolation, you may be required to download an app to enhance support and monitoring. Failure to comply with the Emergency (COVID-19) Orders, will result in fines and/or imprisonment. On 28 June, a COVID enforcement unit of the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBDF) was established to ensure compliance with the Emergency Orders. All Emergency Orders are available on the Office of the Prime Minister’s COVID19 section.

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    26.07.2020
  • The Bahamas As of Wednesday, July 22, 2020, international commercial flights and commercial vessels carrying passengers will not be permitted to enter the Bahamas, except for commercial flights from Canada, the United Kingdom, and the European Union.

    Private international flights and charters for Bahamians, residents, and visitors, will be permitted. Pleasure craft and yachts will also be permitted.

    As you can see, this excludes most Americans from visiting the Bahamas, and that’s the biggest tourist market for the country. Note that Americans aren’t explicitly banned — it’s just commercial flights between the US and the Bahamas that are banned, while private flights would still be allowed, for example.

    The Bahamas has so far reported 153 confirmed cases and 11 deaths. The country has carried out a total of 2,645 tests.

    Bahamas Rolls Back Tourism Reopening, Bans Americans

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    20.07.2020
  • The Bahamas Government reopens its borders for international flights and tourism on 1 July (Caribbean Journal, 01.07.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    From 1 July international commercial flights have been allowed to operate inbound and outbound in The Bahamas. However flight availability is restricted only offering limited options on both international and domestic flights while the state of emergency remains in force. In addition to the health visa and card requirements, health screening and social distancing measures are in effect at all international and domestic airports. A negative COVID-19 test certificate is required on entry as well as other measures in support of a health visa application for international travel and a health card application for domestic travel. More details are available from The Bahamas travel page [https://travel.gov.bs/].

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    Internal restrictions:

    Restrictions on movement also apply to maritime travel. Inter-island travel is restricted. Foreign pleasure craft currently anchored or moored in The Bahamas are allowed to leave Bahamian waters and the Bahamian government is encouraging boats to depart. A public state of emergency is in place until 31 July under the Emergency (COVID-19) Orders, 2020 [https://opm.gov.bs/category/press-room/emergency-orders-covid-19/]. The measures are available at the Office of the Prime Minister website [https://opm.gov.bs/category/press-room/emergency-orders-covid-19/] and are subject to change by the Bahamian government. The situation and rules vary across the islands. Inter-island travel is possible. Details of the procedures are available from the Bahamian government website [https://travel.gov.bs/].
    The emergency measures are as follows: Face masks must be worn in any public space and must be worn for entry into supermarkets, pharmacies and businesses. Restaurants, gyms, beaches and public parks require masks to be worn upon entry and exit. Face masks or coverings must cover your nose and mouth; face mask must also be visible and easily identifiable. A curfew is imposed from 10pm until 5am. Unless they are experiencing a health emergency, tourists are expected to stay in their hotel compound during the curfew. There are restrictions on the number of persons travelling in a vehicle. Please consult your hotel or tour guide for more details. Family members may travel in the same vehicle without restrictions. Socially distancing is set at 6ft apart. You may be required to stand or sit in a designated area according to the social distancing measures in place in a particular location. Hand washing and/or hand sanitizing is required upon entry into public buildings and private establishments. A security guard may ask you to wash your hands or they may spray your hands with a disinfectant. Some tourist attractions will request your name, identification and telephone number for contact tracing purposes. Public gatherings and public movement may be restricted. Health officers can order persons to be detained for screening and assessment and may order isolation on reasonable grounds in order to prevent further spread of the disease. If you are placed in quarantine or self-isolation, you may be required to download an app to enhance support and monitoring. Failure to comply with the Emergency (COVID-19) Orders, will result in a fine of up to $BSD 20,000 and/or imprisonment for five years. Failure to wear a mask will result in a fine of $BSD 200 and/or one month in prison. On 28 June, a COVID enforcement unit of the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBDF) was established to ensure compliance with the Emergency Orders.
    The Ministry of Tourism provides information [https://www.bahamas.com/tourism-reopening] about accommodation that has received a ‘Clean and Pristine’ certificate from The Bahamas’ Clean and Pristine Certification Agency. Hotels, lodges and bed and breakfasts provide tourists with information on how the Emergency (COVID-19) Orders, 2020 apply to their establishments.

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    14.07.2020
  • The Bahamas Government reopens its borders for international flights and tourism on 1 July (Caribbean Journal, 01.07.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    From 1 July international commercial flights have been allowed to operate inbound and outbound. However flight schedules have not returned to their normal patterns and only limited options are available for both international and domestic flights.
    A negative COVID-19 test certificate is required on entry as well as other measures in support of a health visa application for international travel and a health card application for domestic travel. More details are available from The Bahamas travel page [https://travel.gov.bs/] In addition to the health visa and card requirements, health screening and social distancing measures are in effect at all international and domestic airports. You should expect longer waiting times on arrival.
    In addition to the health visa and card requirements, health screening and social distancing measures are in effect at all international and domestic airports. You should expect longer waiting times on arrival.

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    Internal restrictions:

    A public state of emergency is in place until 31 July under the Emergency (COVID-19) Orders, 2020. The measures are available at the Office of the Prime Minister website and are subject to change by the Bahamian government. The situation and rules vary across the islands. Inter-island travel is possible. Details of the procedures are available from the Bahamian government website travel.gov.bs. The emergency measures are as follows:
    Face masks must be worn in any public space and must be worn for entry into supermarkets, pharmacies and businesses. Restaurants, gyms, beaches and public parks require masks to be worn upon entry and exit; Face masks or coverings must cover your nose and mouth; face mask must also be visible and easily identifiable; A curfew is imposed from 10pm until 5am. Unless they are experiencing a health emergency, tourists are expected to stay in their hotel compound during the curfew; There are restrictions on the number of persons travelling in a vehicle. Please consult your hotel or tour guide for more details. Family members may travel in the same vehicle without restrictions; Socially distancing is set at 6ft apart. You may be required to stand or sit in a designated area according to the social distancing measures in place in a particular location; Hand washing and/or hand sanitizing is required upon entry into public buildings and private establishments. A security guard may ask you to wash your hands or they may spray your hands with a disinfectant; Some tourist attractions will request your name, identification and telephone number for contact tracing purposes; Public gatherings and public movement may be restricted.
    Health officers can order persons to be detained for screening and assessment and may order isolation on reasonable grounds in order to prevent further spread of the disease. If you are placed in quarantine or self-isolation, you may be required to download an app to enhance support and monitoring. Failure to comply with the Emergency (COVID-19) Orders, will result in a fine of up to $BSD 20,000 and/or imprisonment for five years. Failure to wear a mask will result in a fine of $BSD 200 and/or one month in prison. On 28 June, a COVID enforcement unit of the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBDF) was established to ensure compliance with the Emergency Orders.
    The Ministry of Tourism provides information about accommodation that has received a ‘Clean and Pristine’ certificate from The Bahamas’ Clean and Pristine Certification Agency [https://www.bahamas.com/tourism-reopening]. Hotels, lodges and bed and breakfasts provide tourists with information on how the Emergency (COVID-19) Orders, 2020 apply to their establishments.

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    07.07.2020
  • The Bahamas Government reopens its borders for international flights and tourism on 1 July (Caribbean Journal, 01.07.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism has announced that private boaters and yachters will be allowed to enter the country from 15 June. They have also announced the A negative COVID-19 test certificate is required on entry as well as other measures.

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    Internal restrictions:

    On 17 March 2020, the Governor General declared a state of public emergency in The Bahamas. On 23 March 2020, the Prime Minister of the Bahamas announced further emergency measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 see [https://covid19.gov.bs/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Emergency-Orders-2020-What-You-Need-to-Know.pdf]. On 22 June the state of public emergency was extended until 31July 2020. A night curfew from 10pm to 5am is in place and there are restrictions on movement and shopping. The situation and rules vary across the islands depending on the spread of the virus. Social distancing and wearing facemasks is obligatory for everyone leaving their own property. Doctor’s offices, hospitals and medical facilities remain open. Many hotels have closed. More details are available at the website of the Office of the Prime Minister of the Bahamas [https://opm.gov.bs/]. Inter-island travel is possible.

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    Relaxation of restrictions:

    Inter-island commercial flights resuming at Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau (Eyewitness News, 08.06.2020)

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    02.07.2020
  • The Bahamas Government reopens its borders for international flights and tourism (Caribbean Journal, 01.07.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism has announced that private boaters and yachters will be allowed to enter the country from 15 June. They have also announced the A negative COVID-19 test certificate is required on entry as well as other measures.

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    Internal restrictions:

    On 17 March 2020, the Governor General declared a state of public emergency in The Bahamas. On 23 March 2020, the Prime Minister of the Bahamas announced further emergency measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 see [https://covid19.gov.bs/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Emergency-Orders-2020-What-You-Need-to-Know.pdf]. On 22 June the state of public emergency was extended until 31July 2020. A night curfew from 10pm to 5am is in place and there are restrictions on movement and shopping. The situation and rules vary across the islands depending on the spread of the virus. Social distancing and wearing facemasks is obligatory for everyone leaving their own property. Doctor’s offices, hospitals and medical facilities remain open. Many hotels have closed. More details are available at the website of the Office of the Prime Minister of the Bahamas [https://opm.gov.bs/]. Inter-island travel is possible.

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    Relaxation of restrictions:

    Inter-island commercial flights resuming at Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau (Eyewitness News, 08.06.2020)

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    25.06.2020
  • The Bahamas International commercial flights are due to be allowed to operate inbound and outbound from 1 July.

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    International restrictions:

    The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism has announced that private boaters and yachters will be allowed to enter the country from 15 June. They have also announced the A negative COVID-19 test certificate is required on entry as well as other measures.

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    Internal restrictions:

    On 17 March 2020, the Governor General declared a state of public emergency in The Bahamas. On 23 March 2020, the Prime Minister of the Bahamas announced further emergency measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 see [https://covid19.gov.bs/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Emergency-Orders-2020-What-You-Need-to-Know.pdf]. On 22 June the state of public emergency was extended until 31July 2020. A night curfew from 10pm to 5am is in place and there are restrictions on movement and shopping. The situation and rules vary across the islands depending on the spread of the virus. Social distancing and wearing facemasks is obligatory for everyone leaving their own property. Doctor’s offices, hospitals and medical facilities remain open. Many hotels have closed. More details are available at the website of the Office of the Prime Minister of the Bahamas [https://opm.gov.bs/]. Inter-island travel is possible.

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    Relaxation of restrictions:

    Inter-island commercial flights resuming at Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau (Eyewitness News, 08.06.2020)

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    23.06.2020
  • The Bahamas International commercial flights are due to be allowed to operate inbound and outbound from 1 July.

    1. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
    – This does not apply to nationals and residents of the Bahamas.
    2. Nationals and residents of the Bahamas must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) test result issued at most 7 days before arrival.
    – This does not apply when arriving from Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname or Trinidad and Tobago.
    3. Nationals and residents of the Bahamas are subject to quarantine.

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    International restrictions:

    Airport and seaport operations are suspended until further notice, effectively banning all travel into the country including for those in transit. However, some international and private charters are able to operate as of 27 April.
    There are currently no known restrictions on individuals seeking to depart the country.

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    Internal restrictions:

    A state of emergency is in effect until 30 May. Curfew from 20.00 to 05.00 remains in place, during which all residents are urged to stay home. Island of Bimini will be under lockdown for two weeks from 21.00 on 18 May until 30 May, during which residents cannot leave their homes except for emergency purposes.

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    Relaxation of restrictions:

    Inter-island commercial flights resuming at Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau (Eyewitness News, 08.06.2020)

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    16.06.2020
  • The Bahamas Inter-island commercial flights resuming at Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau (Eyewitness News, (08.06.2020)
    1. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
    – This does not apply to nationals and residents of the Bahamas.
    2. Nationals and residents of the Bahamas must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) test result issued at most 7 days before arrival.
    – This does not apply when arriving from Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname or Trinidad and Tobago.
    3. Nationals and residents of the Bahamas are subject to quarantine.

    Airport and seaport operations are suspended until further notice, effectively banning all travel into the country including for those in transit. However, some international and private charters are able to operate as of 27 April.

    Outbound restrictions:

    There are currently no known restrictions on individuals seeking to depart the country.

    Conditions and internal restrictions:

    A state of emergency is in effect until 30 May. Curfew from 20.00 to 05.00 remains in place, during which all residents are urged to stay home. Island of Bimini will be under lockdown for two weeks from 21.00 on 18 May until 30 May, during which residents cannot leave their homes except for emergency purposes.

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    15.06.2020
  • The Bahamas Government plans to resume commercial flights from 1 July (Jamaica Observer, 18.05.2020)
    1. Passengers are not allowed to enter.
    – This does not apply to nationals and residents of the Bahamas.
    2. Nationals and residents of the Bahamas must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) test result issued at most 7 days before arrival.
    3. Nationals and residents of the Bahamas are subject to quarantine.

    Airport and seaport operations are suspended until further notice, effectively banning all travel into the country including for those in transit. However, some international and private charters are able to operate as of 27 April.

    Outbound restrictions:

    There are currently no known restrictions on individuals seeking to depart the country.

    Conditions and internal restrictions:

    A state of emergency is in effect until 30 May. Curfew from 20.00 to 05.00 remains in place, during which all residents are urged to stay home. Island of Bimini will be under lockdown for two weeks from 21.00 on 18 May until 30 May, during which residents cannot leave their homes except for emergency purposes.

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    29.05.2020
  • The Bahamas Bahamas borders are closed. – This does not apply to repatriation flights of foreign nationals from the Bahamas. 1. Passengers are not allowed to enter the Bahamas. – This does not apply to nationals of the Bahamas. – This does not apply to residents of the Bahamas. 2. Residents of the Bahamas who have been in China (People’s Rep.), Europe, Iran, Italy, Korea (Rep.) or United Kingdom will be subject to immediate quarantine for a maximum of 14 days. Airport and seaport operations are suspended until further notice, effectively banning all travel into the country including for those in transit. However, some international and private charters are able to operate as of 27 April.

    Outbound restrictions:

    There are currently no known restrictions on individuals seeking to depart the country.

    Conditions and internal restrictions:

    A state of emergency is in effect until 30 May. Curfew from 20.00 to 05.00 remains in place, during which all residents are urged to stay home. Island of Bimini will be under lockdown for two weeks from 21.00 on 18 May until 30 May, during which residents cannot leave their homes except for emergency purposes.

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    18.05.2020
  • The Bahamas Bahamas borders are closed.
    – This does not apply to repatriation flights of foreign nationals from the Bahamas.

    1. Passengers are not allowed to enter the Bahamas.
    – This does not apply to nationals of the Bahamas.
    – This does not apply to residents of the Bahamas.
    2. Residents of the Bahamas who have been in China (People’s Rep.), Europe, Iran, Italy, Korea (Rep.) or United Kingdom will be subject to immediate quarantine for a maximum of 14 days.

    Airport and seaport operations are suspended until further notice, effectively banning all travel into the country including for those in transit. However, some international and private charters are able to operate as of 27 April.

    Outbound restrictions:

    There are currently no known restrictions on individuals seeking to depart the country.

    Conditions and internal restrictions:

    A 24-hour curfew is in effect until 30 April.
    State of emergency in effect

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    10.05.2020
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