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Back to the Bahamas: The Latest COVID-19 Travel Requirements for Paradise

The Bahamas is open for tourism and it’s ready to welcome you back whenever you’re ready to travel again. With its white sand beaches, crystal clear water, and short flights from the East Coast, it’s no wonder the Bahamas is the most highly sought-after international destinations for Americans ahead of summer 2021.

Fully vaccinated travelers will have a much easier time visiting this summer, but here is everything you need to know to assist with prevent the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the risk of exposure, registered guests will need to follow these government protocols:

  1. Effective May 1, 2021, international visitors traveling to The Bahamas from other countries, who are fully vaccinated and have passed the two-week immunity period, will be exempt from required testing for entry and inter-island travel.
  2. All vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals must apply for the Bahamas Travel Health Visa no more than five (5) days prior to their arrival date in The Bahamas and opt-in to COVID-19 health insurance; the COVID-19 health insurance covers travelers for the duration of their stay in The Bahamas. The cost of insurance is included in the Bahamas Travel Health Visa application fee. The Travel Health Visa cost is dependent on the length of stay.

    $40 per person for a 4-night, five-day stay
    $60 per person for more than a four-night stay.
    Children 10 years and under are free
    The fee includes mandatory health insurance.
  3. All unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated visiting The Bahamas must obtain a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR (swab) test taken no more than five (5) days prior to their arrival date in The Bahamas.
    Children 10 and under are not required to take a test.
  4. Once a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR (swab) test is obtained, travelers can apply for their required Bahamas Travel Health Visa at travel.gov.bs. To learn more about The Bahamas Travel Health Visa and health insurance, visit bahamas.com/tourism-reopening.

    Please print copies of the following for each traveler:

    Negative COVID-19 test results
    Approved Health Travel Visa with Q.R. code visible
    Receipt for payment of the Travel Health Visa
  5. Unvaccinated visitors that stay longer than four (4) nights must take the Bahamas government-mandated Rapid Antigen test on Day 5 of their stay. Fully vaccinated visitors will not be required to take a Rapid Antigen test on Day 5 of their stay.
  6. Travelers eighteen (18) years of age and older must complete an individual Bahamas Travel Health Visa.
  7. Travelers seventeen (17) years and younger are to add a profile within the account of their parent or guardian.
  8. Bahamas Travel Health Visa applications take up to 48 hours to process and should be completed with adequate lead time.
  9. Bahamian residents not from New Providence Island/Paradise Island will be required to provide a valid domestic travel health visa issued by The Bahamas Ministry of Health. A valid domestic travel health visa means not expired and approved status.
  10. After receiving their second dose, Bahamian citizens and residents who are fully vaccinated will be exempt from COVID-19 testing requirements when traveling inter-island from New Providence, Grand Bahama, Abaco, Exuma, and Eleuthera to any other island.

We recommend all travelers interested in visiting The Bahamas review entry requirements and safety measures applicable to each member of their party at bahamas.com before booking a trip. Additionally, we recommend all travelers to review international re-entry requirements, some of which are listed below.

This information as up to date as of May 18, 2021.

Please double-check the information at the health & safety office.

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