Aerial shot of the Bahamas islands.

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS

for Nassau, Bahamas

Updated January 29, 2021

Information below and further information can be found at 

https://www.bahamas.com/tourism-reopening

PRE-DEPARTURE & ARRIVAL

Prior to Departing for The Bahamas:

 

STEP 1:

Everyone travelling to The Bahamas must obtain a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR (swab) test taken no more than 5 days prior to the date of arrival. The day the test is taken is considered day zero. Test must return a negative result for entry into The Bahamas.

  • Children 10 and under, and pilots and crew of commercial airlines who remain overnight in The Bahamas, are not required to take a test.

  • Negative PCR test results must be uploaded in order to complete a Bahamas Health Visa application, and must be presented upon arrival in The Bahamas.

  • Any person presenting test results older than 5 days will not be allowed entry into The Bahamas.

 

STEP 2:

Once in possession of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test, travelers can apply for their required Bahamas Travel Health Visa at travel.gov.bs. (Click on International Tab)

  • As part of the Travel Health Visa application, travelers 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 is included in the Travel Health Visa application fee.

  • Travel Health Visa applications take up to 48 hours to process and should be completed with adequate lead time.

  • The cost of the Travel Health Visa is dependent on length of stay.

*A Bahamas citizen or resident planning to travel abroad for five (5) days or less must secure a test in the destination they visited before travelling back to The Bahamas. Any RT-PCR test taken in The Bahamas prior to travel will not be valid for re-entry.

DURING TRAVEL

While travelling to The Bahamas & once arrived the following protocols must be followed:

 

Wear a face mask:

  • Entering and transiting terminals, at security and customs screenings, at baggage claim.

Comply with health monitoring procedures:

  • Any visitor exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms at any time during their stay will be required to take a rapid antigen test and receive a negative result before being permitted to continue with their vacation.

  • If a person tests positive they will be required to follow up with a COVID-19 RT-PCR swab test.

 

Travelers who are staying in The Bahamas longer than four (4) nights and five (5) days will be required to take a rapid COVID-19 antigen test:

    • All visitors departing on or before five days will not be required to obtain this test.

    • The rapid tests are easy, quick and will yield results in 60 minutes or less with results being provided electronically via SMS text message and email.

    • An island-by-island list of approved testing sites is available below.

All persons travelling into and throughout The Bahamas will be required to complete a short Health Survey during their stay.

    • The survey must be completed upon arrival and each day thereafter for up to 14 days, or the duration of their stay, whichever is shorter.

    • This includes the day of departure, if travelling less than 14 days.

ON-ISLAND EXPERIENCE

Once on Island:

Wear a face mask and physical distance when in public places:

  • When travelling in a taxi or on a bus, when standing in lines, when entering any establishment, while entering or exiting a restaurant.

  • When entering and exiting beaches (not required on the beach).

  • Before and after exercise (masks must be visible on your person during exercise).

Abide by all protocols and restrictions as outlined in the most recent Emergency Powers Order:

  • Some islands may be following different orders than others, such as curfews and reduced operating hours and/or services for shops, restaurants and businesses.

  • Travelers should check the status of their island destination before travelling.

FAILURE TO FOLLOW PROTOCOL

All Rules and Regulations Are Being Enforced

  • Travelers who do not complete a Bahamas Travel Health Visa or present COVID-19 RT-PCR Test with a negative result will be denied entry.

  • Travelers who show symptoms of COVID-19 may be transferred to an area away from others for further testing and evaluation, and quarantine may be required by health personnel.

  • A $250 fine or a penalty of one month imprisonment, or both, is to be enforced for visitors or residents found not wearing face masks in areas where it is required.

  • For travelers staying longer than four nights and five days, failure to take a rapid antigen test on the fifth day will result in a $1,000 fine or one month imprisonment.

  • Citizens and residents who fail to complete the daily Health Survey will be required to submit to a mandatory quarantine at a government identified facility.

  • Travelers who fail to complete the daily Health Survey will be subject to deportation.