Bahamas Implements New Travel Requirements Effective August 6

As part of the Bahamas' continued efforts to provide a safe and healthy island experience for everyone, new testing requirements have been announced for persons applying for a Bahamas Travel Health Visa to enter the country or travel inter-island within the Bahamas.

Effective Friday, August 6, 2021, the following protocols will take effect:

  • All fully vaccinated travelers, as well as children ages two through 11, will be required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test (either a rapid antigen test or PCR test) taken no more than five days prior to the date of arrival to the Bahamas (or date of travel within the country).
  • Unvaccinated travelers ages 12 and older must still obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than five days prior to the date of arrival (or date of inter-island travel).
  • All children under the age of two are exempt from any testing requirements.

The regulation for traveling within the Bahamas includes Nassau and Paradise IslandGrand Bahama, Bimini, Exuma, Abaco and North and South Eleuthera, including Harbour Island.

Guests on cruises that originate in and return to the Bahamas must still apply for a Bahamas Travel Health Visa and follow the new testing requirements for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals:

  • Vaccinated persons must provide a negative PCR test or rapid antigen test taken no more than five days prior to the date of arrival to the Bahamas.
  • Unvaccinated persons are required to obtain a negative PCR test taken no more than five days prior to the date of arrival to The Bahamas.
  • All travelers entering the Bahamas on cruises that originate in the U.S. will be subjected to the testing requirements mandated by the cruise line and approved by the Government of The Bahamas.

Note that cruise lines may have different requirements for vaccinated and unvaccinated guests. Travelers should check with their cruise line for specific details pertaining to their cruise.

The new testing protocols are for all travelers applying for a Bahamas Travel Health Visa from Friday, August 6 and onward. Good to know: These protocols will be waived for any person with imminent travel who has already applied for and obtained a Bahamas Travel Health Visa.

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