Bahamas Eliminates Health Visa Requirement for All Travelers

The Government of The Bahamas is removing another COVID requirement for international visitors: Effective at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, June 19, 2022, travelers will no longer need to apply for a Bahamas Travel Health Visa in order to enter the country.

That said, all unvaccinated travelers ages two and older will be required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test—either a negative RT-PCR test or a rapid antigen test—taken no more than three days (72 hours) prior to travel and present the negative test results at check-in before travel to The Bahamas.

“The discontinuation of the Travel Health Visa is yet another signal to the international community that we are open for business,” said the Honorable I. Chester Cooper, deputy prime minister and minister of tourism, investments and aviation, in a press statement. “Throughout the pandemic, we have remained committed to evaluating protocols and adjusting requirements to reflect the current environment. We acknowledge that the Travel Health Visa was a burden for travelers, and we are pleased to be able to eliminate it.”

While the streamlined entry protocols are a welcome change, the health and safety of all citizens, residents and visitors remain the priority. All travelers must follow on-island guidelines for mask wearing and social distancing. Among these: For all travelers, they are no longer required to test for COVID when traveling between islands.

For full details on the Bahamas’ current COVID-19 protocols for travelers, visit

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