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The Bahamas is now restricting travel. Please see the following update for information: WPTV NEWS ARTICLE


The Bahamas has opened its international borders on June 15, 2020 to private vessels and aircrafts. This is a glimmer of hope and exciting news for the boating community. We have missed the crystal clear and plentiful Bahamian waters. I’m sure all of us are wanting to see their economy come back to life, especially as we approach on the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Dorian. This year has been littered with hardships, to say the least. Phase 1 of the Bahamas reopening is an exciting start to a hopeful second half of 2020. Here’s what you need to know about the Bahamas COVID-19 regulations direct from the US Embassy. (All applications and information sources are linked in this article)

Entry:

International visitors may enter The Bahamas during phase 1 via private boat, yacht, or aircraft. Boaters must inform their destination marina at least 48 hours in advance of the vessel’s arrival.

Curfew:

Travelers should be aware that Emergency Powers Orders are still in effect, which includes a 9 pm to 5 am curfew.

Closures:

All public beaches and parks in Bimini, Grand Bahama, New Providence, and Paradise Island will remain closed. You are encouraged to make flexible travel plans, and to regularly monitor Bahamas travel website, the U.S. Embassy Facebook page and website, and your travel vendors (air carriers, hotels, and attractions) before your expected travel.

Applications and COVID-19 Tests:

Each visitor – both domestic and international – must submit a Travel Health Application form online. A COVID-19 RT-PCR Negative (Swab) Test must be completed no more than ten days before arrival. This is required for each traveler over the age of two. Failure to submit the COVID-19 test requirements and Travel Health Card Application form submission will result in the denial of entry. All incoming passengers will be subject to temperature screenings by health professionals. Travelers who show symptoms of COVID-19 may be transferred to an on-site quarantine area away from other passengers for further evaluation.

Commercial Travel:

During Phase 1, commercial airlines are permitted to bring Bahamian citizens, legal residents and homeowners qualifying for economic permanent residency, or the immediate family members or significant others of any of these individuals.

Social Distancing and PPE:

Travelers must practice distancing measures by remaining 3 to 6 feet apart. Personal protective equipment (PPE) should be worn when appropriate and regular hand washing should be practiced.

More detailed information and guidance on Bahamas COVID-19 regulations, travel requirements, and safety precautions implemented by The Bahamas are available here. Phase 2 is targeted (but not confirmed) for July 1 and would implement broader restrictions for the country. Always consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information regarding the spread of COVID-19.

We wish everyone safe crossings and travels. Please do not travel if you are experiencing symptoms and follow all of the above measures to ensure a safe and healthy stay.


Sources, Forms, and Additional Information:

US Embassy COVID-19 Information for the Bahamas
Bahamas.com – Tourism Reopening Information
Travel Health Application form

For Assistance:
U.S. Embassy Nassau, The Bahamas
#42 Queen Street, Nassau  / +1-242-322-1181
ACSNassau@state.gov
U.S. Embassy Nassau webpage 

For U.S. Citizens in an Emergency:
Call State Department – Consular Affairs at
1 888-407-4747 (when dialing from within the U.S.)
+1 (202) 501-4444 (when dialing from overseas)

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