The Bahamas Closes Its Borders to U.S. Tourists

The-Bahamas

Less than three weeks after opening its borders to all travellers, The Bahamas announced that it will close its borders to commercial visitors from the United States, effective Wednesday.

In a national address on Sunday, Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announced the following measures in response to the rising number of COVID-19 cases. 

  • Bahamasair, the national flag carrier will cease all outgoing flights to the U.S. effective immediately.
  • International flights are not permitted to enter The Bahamas, except commercial flights from Canada, the United Kingdom, and the European Union. Effective midnight Wednesday, July 22, 2020.
  • Sea vessels carrying commercial passengers are not permitted to enter The Bahamas, effective at midnight on Wednesday.
  • Private international flights and charters from all countries are permitted to enter The Bahamas.
  • Private pleasure crafts and yachts from all countries are permitted to enter The Bahamas.
  • Public, private beaches and parks on New Providence, Paradise Island, Rose Island, Athol Island and surrounding cays will be closed until further notice.

However, for the visitors scheduled to leave after Wednesday, outgoing commercial flights will be allowed. 

Grand Bahama Borders Announcement

Grand Bahama has seen a resurgence of COVID-19 cases after being COVID free for a little over two months.

Effective Wednesday, international and domestic borders will be closed to all incoming and outgoing flights and sea vessels to and from Grand Bahama, except for emergencies and to transport essential goods and services. 

Before Visiting The Bahamas

Before booking your flight to The Bahamas, ensure that you have a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test result from an accredited lab. Remember to register for a health visa online. You will be required to present your documents to immigration officials upon arrival. 

The tests must be taken no later than 10 days before the date of travel. 

If you need a reminder, take a quick peek at this article.

We can’t wait to welcome you, while socially distancing!

 

 

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