The Bahamas Relaxes Protocols as COVID Cases Decline

The Government of the Bahamas has relaxed the after-arrival COVID-19 testing mandate, as a result of declining cases and International protocol adjustments.

Effective immediately, all travelers to the Bahamas are no longer required to take a COVID-19 rapid antigen test on the fifth day of travel regardless of vaccination status. However, visitors must follow the COVID testing requirements for return to their respective countries.

“It is important to remain fluid and adapt our protocols to reflect a changing environment and we are pleased to be able to eliminate the Bahamas’ testing requirements,” said acting Prime Minister I. Chester Cooper, Bahamas Minister of Tourism, Investments & Aviation.

Visitors are required to follow prescribed entry protocols, including applying for a Bahamas Travel Health Visa at and uploading their pre-departure test results, taken no more than three days (72 hours) prior to the date of arrival. Visitors should visit to review accepted forms of testing for entry based on vaccination status. An island-by-island list of approved testing sites is available at

“Despite the challenges of COVID-19, the strong desire for travel to The Bahamas has not diminished,” said Latia Duncombe, acting director general, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investments & Aviation. 

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