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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE BAHAMAS

 

It is almost time for your trip to the Bahamas! As you prepare, please be aware of the new travel requirements and entry screening process for visiting the island. The ongoing pandemic causes frequent changes to entry requirements and testing guidelines, so be sure to check this page frequently leading up to your trip as it will be updated with new information as it becomes available.
Last Updated: July 15th, 2021

Effective May 1st, 2021 - Those traveling to the Bahamas from outside of the country will be exempted from a RT- PCR COVID-19 test IF they are fully vaccinated and have passed the two-week immunity period. Proof of full vaccination will be required. To be clear, if an individual is not fully vaccinated, that individual will still be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test where testing requirements are in place. All other mitigating protocols (social distancing and wearing of masks) will remain in place.


1. Complete the Bahamas Health Visa Application

Travelers to the Bahamas from outside of the country will be exempted from a RT- PCR COVID-19 test if they are fully vaccinated and have passed the two-week immunity period. Proof of full vaccination will be required. To be clear, if an individual is not fully vaccinated, that individual will still be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test where testing requirements are in place. All other mitigating protocols (social distancing and wearing of masks) will remain in place.

All travelers who have not been vaccinated must complete the Bahamas Health Visa application prior to arrival as well as show proof of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR Swab Test, which was taken no more than FIVE days prior to the date of arrival. The name and address of the accredited lab, where the test was performed, must be clearly displayed on the test result. Children aged eleven (11) and under are exempt from obtaining the PCR test.

All travelers eighteen (18) years of age and older are required to complete an individual Bahamas Travel Health Visa. Those persons seventeen (17) years and younger are to add a profile within the account of the parent or guardian.

Children eleven (11) years and under (insurance coverage included) are free.

To complete the mandatory health visa application please click hereTravel Health Visa application may take up to 48 hours to process. In addition, the health visa will be at your own expense and is dependent on length of stay. For more details and information, please visit the Bahamian Tourism Board website.

As part of the Travel Health Visa application, traveler will be required to opt-in to COVID-19 health insurance that covers them for the duration of their stay in the Bahamas. The cost of insurance included in the Travel Health Visa application fee.

2. Second Rapid COVID-19 Test if Staying Longer than 5 Days

On Day five (5), visitors who are staying longer than four nights and five days will be required to take a second rapid COVID-19 antigen test. Those who are departing on day five will not be required to take the test.

3. Opt-in to COVID-19 Health Insurance

As part of the Travel Health Visa application, traveler will be required to opt-in to COVID-19 health insurance that covers them for the duration of their stay in the Bahamas. The cost of insurance included in the Travel Health Visa application fee.


Before returning to the USA effective immediately, the United States requires that all air passengers entering the country will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test prior to boarding their flight as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).   Many of our travel suppliers have made arrangements for on-site COVID-19 testing right at your hotel (view these travel supplier policies).

Reminder-if you do any COVID testing or seek any healthcare while abroad, please retain all receipts for insurance purposes.