Bahamas remain open for tourists, PCR tests and insurance are required

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The Bahamas is open for tourism.  There is no mandatory quarantine but visitors need to bring a COVID-19 test and purchase the health insurance offered by the local authorities.

Below you can find the most up to date policies and requirements for traveling to the Bahamas.

The Bahamas reopening – Latest Updates

Update – December 18

Starting December 7 visitors to the Bahamas no longer need to quarantine if they wish to embark on inter-island travel. The quarantine has been replaced with proof of negative PCR test results. 

However, some islands may be completely out of reach due to their COVID-19 figures. As of today Grand Bahama Island, Nassau & Paradise Island, Abaco, Exuma and Eleuthera have curfews and lockdown measures (meaning traveling in or out of these islands is restricted. Activities within the island are still allowed.)

What are the requirements to be allowed entry to the Bahamas?

  • First thing you need to do is submit your Travel Health Visa Application (you will need to have at hand your negative PCR nasal swab COVID-19 test results) 
  • You will need to purchase the islands’ health insurance (USD 40-60 for both)
  • Within 72 hours they will let you know if your application has been approved.
  • Don’t forget to bring your application confirmation and the original PCR test results with you! Airport authorities will check them before boarding your plane and once again after landing in the Bahamas.

For further inquiries call the COVID-19 travel hotline +1 (242) 502 0829 or send a message to [email protected]

Do travelers need to get tested for COVID-19?

Yes. All travelers older than 10 need negative PCR nasal swab COVID-19 test results obtained in the 5 days prior to boarding.

Do visitors need to provide their contact and personal information?

Yes. Through the Travel Health Visa Application.

Do travelers need to quarantine?

No, unless they show COVID-19 symptoms during airport or seaport health screenings. In which case they will be asked to quarantine until they can produce negative COVID-19 test results. These patientes can self-isolate at

  • Their own homes
  • Rented accommodations (AirBnB)
  • A hotel room with a private bathroom
  • A private boat
  • Government quarantine facilities (at their own cost)

Are beaches open to the public?

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Yes. They are. However some of them have restrictions on the number of people (groups no bigger than 5 people) and the curfew (if any) set in place for that island.

Is health insurance needed?

Starting November 15, every traveler will be compelled to acquire a COVID-19 health insurance package at the moment of completing their Travel Health Visa Application

The price is US 40 for returning visitors or residents and travelers staying for up to 5 days, and US 60 for visitors staying for more than 5 days. Children and cabin crew are exempt.

Are sea ports open?

Every port on Family Islands is closed except for public docks. People arriving at these ports have to follow the exact same measures as travelers arriving by air, including bringing negative COVID-19 test results and completing their Travel Health Visa Application

If travelers show symptoms of COVID-19 they will have to quarantine immediately until they can prove they are healthy through a COVID-19 test.

Are there any curfews in The Bahamas?

As of December 18, there is a curfew from 10 pm to 5 am weekdays, and from 6 pm to 5 am on Saturday and Sunday, but only on the following territories:

  • Nassau & Paradise Island and Abaco
  • Grand Bahama Island
  • Eleuthera (excluding Harbour Island and Spanish Wells) and Exuma (excluding Exuma Cays)

Do visitors need to wear a mask?

Yes. It is mandatory to wear a mask on indoor businesses and public places, as well as outdoors when social distancing is not possible. visitors could get fined up to US $200 for refusing to comply with this health measure.

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Is it safe to visit the Bahamas now?

According to the CDC, the risk is very high and traveling to the Bahamas is not recommended for any type of travel during COVID-19. (Source: CDC.gov – Bahamas Warning Level 4 )

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What is the current COVID-19 situation in the Bahamas?

As of December 18, there have been 7,714 confirmed COVID cases and 164 deaths caused by the virus.

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