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Bahamas: COVID-19 Entry Requirements All Travelers Need To Know

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The Bahamas first reopened July 1, 2020, but since has gone through many changes when it comes to entry requirements. 

New COVID-19 entry requirements seem to be ever-changing in the Bahamas, however, we continue to update this post to keep you informed. 

Here is everything you need to know before you book your trip. 

Beach Resort In The Bahamas
Beach Resort In The Bahamas

Countries Permitted To Visit the Bahamas

Travelers from all countries are permitted to visit the Bahamas under regular visa requirements. 

Travel Authorization To Visit Bahamas

  • All travelers must fill out a Travel Health Visa before traveling to the Bahamas. 
  • Ensure you apply with enough time before your trip as applications will take up to 72 hours for approval
  • Print and keep the Travel Health Visa on you for presentation to airline and border officials.  
  • The cost of the Travel Health Visa is $40 for stays under 4 days and $60 for stays over 4 days.
Aerial View of Paradise Island in the Bahamas
Aerial View of Paradise Island in the Bahamas

COVID-19 Testing Entry Requirements 

Prior to Arrival

All travelers must present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test when completing their Travel Health Visa

The test result can not be older than 5 days prior to the date of arrival.

After Arrival

If the tourist is staying in the Bahamas over 4 nights, a 2nd test must be taken on the 5th day. The test is only a rapid antigen test (not a PCR) and can be facilitated by the hotel. Results are available in under 60 minutes and will be delivered via email or SMS. 

Vaccination Exemption

If a passenger can prove being fully vaccinated, the PCR testing does not apply.

Secluded white sand beach with incredible turquoise clear water, Exuma island, Bahamas

Quarantine Entry Requirements 

All travelers will NOT be required to quarantine as long as their Bahamas Travel Health Visa has been approved which includes a mandatory COVID-19 PCR test or proof of vaccination.
Yachts docked at Paradise lake, Atlantis Paradise Island Resort is seen in the background. (1)
Yachts docked at Paradise lake, Atlantis Paradise Island Resort is seen in the background.

COVID-19 Travel Insurance Entry Requirements 

All incoming travelers should have travel insurance the covers COVID-19 for the duration of their trip to Bahamas.

After November 14:

Mandatory travel health insurance will be applied to all incoming tourists. The cost will be included in the Travel Health Visa application. 

COVID-19 Health Requirements While in the Bahamas:

  • Visitors will be required to wear face masks in “any situation where it is necessary to enforce physical distancing guidelines.” In addition to airports and sea terminals, travelers must wear masks in taxis, while checking in at hotels, standing in line at attractions and before being seated at restaurants. Masks are not required on the beach. Failure to comply with the country’s mask guidelines could result in a $200 fine or one month imprisonment.
  • National Curfew is in effect. The Bahamas will continue its mandatory curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., so travelers must return to their housing accommodations during that time. Visitors will be allowed to move freely throughout their hotel and resort properties during curfew.
Mandatory Use of face masks in the Bahamas

COVID-19 Vaccine Entry Requirements 

Starting May 1, 2021 The Bahamas will make exceptions to allow fully vaccinated passengers to skip PCR testing and enter the country more easily.

The Bahamian government is requiring vaccinated passengers to bring proof they’ve been inoculated and at least 2 weeks have passed since they’ve received their last shot. With proof of vaccination, no pre-flight PCR testing is required.

Visa Entry Requirements For the Bahamas During COVID-19

All travelers arriving in the Bahamas will need to follow regular visa requirements.

Use this government page to find out if you need a visa before traveling to the Bahamas.

Travelers that require a visa can apply following the directions here

Two swimming pigs in Exuma, Bahamas on the beach
Two swimming pigs in Exuma, Bahamas on the beach

Bahamas Covid-19 Entry Requirements:

  1. Apply for a Travel Health Visa
  2. Upload your negative COVID-19 PCR test to your application for your Travel Health Visa within 5 days of arrival in the Bahamas. 
  3. Stays over 4 nights will take a 2nd rapid antigen test on the 5th day
  4. Follow all health protocols while in the Bahamas

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Disclaimer: Current Bahamas travel rules can change without notice and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but the decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.  Travel Off Path does not endorse traveling against government advisories

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lusi

Monday 26th of July 2021

does anyone knows if a four year old is traveling with you to the Bahamas , do they need to take PCR test prior to their visit ? I put my childs information on my visa form but at the end i can only print mine not his.

Kashlee Kucheran

Tuesday 27th of July 2021

To my knowledge, children under 12 are exempt from testing

James

Monday 26th of April 2021

It seems impossible to get a health visa if you are vaccinated. Does not have a space for that and you would have to lie on the application to upload it. Any ideas?

Kashlee Kucheran

Tuesday 27th of April 2021

Entry for vaccinated passengers doesn't start until May 1

Grapes Vicente

Tuesday 3rd of November 2020

Do you have any government link associated with this post? Thanks.

Kashlee Kucheran

Wednesday 4th of November 2020

Yes, they are linked at the bottom under 'sources'

Alhaji Usifu Turay

Sunday 4th of October 2020

I am citizen of Sierra Leone, but living in Qatar. I want to visit Bahamas from Qatar can I know more details about the visa or ticket.

Kashlee Kucheran

Sunday 4th of October 2020

Hello! I am not sure what level of 'risk' they are classifying Qatar, as it doesn't show on their list. YOu will have to contact the Ministry of Tourism in the Bahamas so they can advise you.

Bo Kalil

Tuesday 15th of September 2020

If you are coming from Canada (or another country) and connecting in Nassau to one of the out-islands, do you have to quarantine in Nassau, or at your final Bahamian island destination? I would be flying Air Canada to Nassau and Bahamsair from Nassau to Exuma.

Kashlee Kucheran

Wednesday 16th of September 2020

Sorry, we do not have this information. You will have to ask local authorities to be sure