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The Bahamas travel restrictions

Open for citizens: yes Open for foreigners: partial Open for tourism: partial Quarantine: partial
Airlines Updates

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

Flight Restrictions

published 07.07.2020
1. Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result issued at most 7 days before arrival.
– This does not apply to nationals and residents of Bahamas arriving from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname or Trinidad and Tobago.
– This does not apply to nationals and residents of Bahamas with a proof that a Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test was not available in the country of departure.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 2 years.
2. A completed “Bahamas Health Visa Card” must be presented on arrival. The form can be found at travel.gov.bs.
3. Nationals and residents of Bahamas arriving without a proof of a Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test are subject to quarantine for 14 days.

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Quarantine

Travellers to self-isolate for 14 day. From 15 June no quarantine is required.
Travelers showing symptoms of COVID-19 may be transferred to an on-site quarantine area for further evaluation.

Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification required for entering the country.

All Travellers must submit a travel health form online at (please copy link and paste it into your browser): travel.gov.bs. before travel. From 15 June, a COVID-19 PCR Swab Test with a Negative Result, must be presented upon arrival. No longer than 10 days old. From 1 July no COVID-19 PCR test required.
Temperature screening performed on passenger upon arrival.

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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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  • 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
  • Source [https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/bahamas]
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