The Bahamas is officially reopening for tourism on July 1st, 2020.
They will be accepting tourists from all countries as long as they follow the pre-entry protocol we have outlined below.
The Islands Of The Bahamas is reopening its borders and welcoming international tourists back to its shores on the 1st of July. Outlined in the very detailed reopening plan set out by the Bahamian government, as long as travelers have not been exposed to the virus, nor showing any symptoms, they will be granted entry with no quarantine period.
The Bahamas is currently in Phase 1 of the reopening plan, which started on June 15th, but only allows private yachts or private aviation to enter. During Phase 1, which runs until July 1st, tourists arriving via private yacht/plane must also bring a negative covid test to be granted entry.
July 1st will mark Phase 2 of their reopening, which has less restrictions and will provide travelers with more things open inside the country. This is the time when commercial and chartered flights will start bringing tourists back to the islands.
“Our top priority has and will always be our commitment to the health and wellbeing of our residents and visitors” said Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation Director General Joy Jibrilu. “We are putting an even greater emphasis on making sure The Bahamas is safe and clean for everyone, and look forward to once again providing travelers with the tropical experience our islands are known for.”
What Are The Rules For Visiting The Bahamas July 1st
Important Update June 24th:
From the original date of publish, the Bahamian government has changed it's ‘no-test needed' rule and will now require inbound travelers bring a negative PCR test. Here is the info:
“Due to the recent increase of COVID-19 cases in the U.S., and in an abundance of caution for the health and safety of both travellers and residents, all incoming visitors must present a COVID-19 RT-PCR Negative (Swab) Test upon arrival. Results must be no more than ten (10) days old.
- Select individuals will be exempt from testing, which includes children under the age of two, private pilots who do not deplane, and Bahamian citizens, residents and homeowners returning from English speaking CARICOM countries.”
Before you go:
In order to be granted entry to the Bahamas, the government is asking all travelers to fill out an online electronic health declaration form. It asks questions about the traveler’s departure country, if they have been in contact with the virus, and if they have any symptoms.
You can find the link to the form here
In addition to the form, now travelers must also bring a negative PCR test no older than 10 days before arrival.
Once landing at the airport in the Bahamas, all travelers will undergo temperature screenings.
Travelers should then expect to follow The Bahamas’ “Healthy Traveler Campaign” that encourages both visitors and residents to continue practicing social distancing measures, regularly wash hands or use hand sanitizers, and the use of face masks.
Have Flights Resumed To The Bahamas?
Yes! Many airlines have already resumed flights to the Bahamas and are adding more flights based on demand. Since the official reopening was just announced, more flights are expected to be added constantly. As of June 14th, here are some of the flights scheduled to Nassau from July 1st onwards:
- Montreal on Air Canada starting July 3rd
- Toronto on Air Canada starting July 3rd
- NYC on JetBlue starting July 3rd, United starting July 6th
- Charlotte on American starting July 7th
- Atlanta on Delta starting July 2nd
- Houston on United starting July 6th
- Orlando on Bahamas Air starting July 2nd
- Miami on Bahamas Air starting July 2nd
- Fort Lauderdale on Bahamas Air starting July 2nd
Flights are also showing between the Bahamas and Cuba, Jamaica and Haiti in July.
What’s Open in the Bahamas
As of July 1st, many things will be open for tourists to enjoy in the Bahamas. However, some of these below services may have capacity limits, reduced hours, or different protocols than normal.
- Many hotels and resorts
- Vacation homes, Airbnb’s and Homeaway’s
- Public Transport like taxis, jitneys and buses
- Restaurants and cafes
- Shopping malls, boutiques and shops
- Excursions and tours
- Beaches and parks
Atlantis, one of the most popular resorts in the Bahamas, is getting ready to welcome guests again on July 7th. They have implemented enhanced sanitary measures, social distanced pool chairs, rotating opening hours for water rides, and disinfection protocols for guest rooms.
Disclaimer: Bahama’s reopening news is ever-changing 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 before traveling.