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.
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.
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.
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.
If a passenger can prove being fully vaccinated, the PCR testing does not apply.
Quarantine Entry Requirements
COVID-19 Travel Insurance Entry Requirements
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.
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.
Bahamas Covid-19 Entry Requirements:
- Apply for a Travel Health Visa
- Upload your negative COVID-19 PCR test to your application for your Travel Health Visa within 5 days of arrival in the Bahamas.
- Stays over 4 nights will take a 2nd rapid antigen test on the 5th day
- Follow all health protocols while in the Bahamas
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