COVID-19 Protocols- Bahamas

Prior to Departing for The Bahamas:

Pre Departure

Last Updated on : 14 January 2022 3:55 PM EST

STEP 1: TESTING REQUIREMENTS

Please Note: Effective 27 December 2021, any person presenting test results older than three days (72 hours) will not be allowed entry into The Bahamas.

VACCINATED TRAVELLERS
  • Effective 27 December 2021, fully vaccinated persons travelling to The Bahamas from other countries will be required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test (either a Rapid Antigen Test or RT-PCR Test —including PCR, NAA, NAAT, TMA, or RNA), taken no more than three days (72 hours) prior to the date of arrival to The Bahamas.
  • Please Note: The Bahamas has suspended the mandatory COVID-19 RT-PCR testing requirement for vaccinated travellers, which was expected to take effect on 7 January 2022. Rapid Antigen tests will continue to be accepted for fully vaccinated persons.
  • Effective 27 December 2021, fully vaccinated persons travelling inter-island (domestic) within The Bahamas from New Providence (Nassau), Paradise IslandGrand Bahama Island (Freeport), Eleuthera or Inagua are required to obtain a negative COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test or COVID-19 RT-PCR Test, taken no more than three days (72 hours) prior to the date of travel.
UNVACCINATED TRAVELLERS
  • Effective 27 December 2021, unvaccinated travellers, ages 12 and older, entering The Bahamas must obtain a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR Test (including PCR, NAA, NAAT, TMA or RNA) test taken no more than three days (72 hours) prior to the date of arrival.
  • Effective 27 December 2021, children between the ages of 2 and 11 are required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test (either a Rapid Antigen Test or RT-PCR Test), taken no more than three days (72 hours) prior to the date of arrival to The Bahamas.
  • Please Note: The Bahamas has suspended the mandatory COVID-19 RT-PCR testing requirement for children ages 2-11, which was expected to take effect on 7 January 2022. Rapid Antigen tests will continue to be accepted for this age group.
  • Children under the age of 2 are exempt from any testing requirements
  • Effective 27 December 2021, non-vaccinated persons travelling inter-island within The Bahamas from New Providence (Nassau), Paradise IslandGrand Bahama Island (Freeport), Eleuthera or Inagua are required to obtain a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test, taken no more than three days (72 hours) prior to the date of travel, and present to the operator of the airline or vessel on which they are travelling.

STEP 2: BAHAMAS TRAVEL HEALTH VISA APPLICATION

All visitors travelling to The Bahamas are required to apply for a Bahamas Travel Health Visa at travel.gov.bs.

  • Effective 1 October 2021, a Travel Health Visa is no longer required for inter-island travel within The Bahamas.
  • As of 13 December 2021, the Travel Health Visa requirement for citizens and residents was discontinued. Instead, Bahamian citizens and residents are required to present a negative COVID-19 test at check in prior to departure to The Bahamas.
VACCINATED TRAVELLERS
  • Fully vaccinated visitors are required to upload negative COVID-19 test results (either a Rapid Antigen Test or RT-PCR Test) in addition to valid proof of vaccination confirming they have passed the two-week immunity period (such as CDC or government issued vaccine record card).
  • At this time, the Bahamas Government will only be accepting vaccinations by AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria/Covishield), Janseen (Johnson & Johnson), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Moderna (Spikevax), Sinopharm, Covaxin or Sinovac.
UNVACCINATED TRAVELLERS
  • Effective 27 December 2021, all unvaccinated visitors, ages 12 and older, are required to upload their negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test results. Tests must be taken up to three days (72 hours) prior to the date of arrival.
  • Effective 27 December 2021, Children between the ages of 2 and 11 are required to upload their negative COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test or COVID-19 RT-PCR test results. Tests must be taken up to three days (72 hours) prior to the date of arrival.
ALL BAHAMIAN RESIDENTS & CITIZENS
  • All Bahamian citizens or residents planning to travel abroad for two (2) days or more must secure a test in the destination they visited before travelling back to The Bahamas. Any COVID-19 RT-PCR or COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test taken in The Bahamas prior to travel will not be valid for re-entry unless a person travels from The Bahamas and returns within a period of 24-hours.
ALL VISITORS
  • As part of the Bahamas Travel Health Visa application, travellers will be required to opt in to the COVID-19 health insurance that covers them for the duration of their stay in The Bahamas, up to one (1) month. The cost of insurance is included in the Bahamas Travel Health Visa application fee.
  • Bahamas Travel Health Visa applications can take up to 24 hours to process and should be completed with adequate lead time.
  • The cost of the Bahamas Travel Health Visa is dependent on length of stay and vaccination status.
  • All visitors eighteen (18) years and older are required to complete an individual Bahamas Travel Health Visa application.
  • Persons seventeen (17) years and younger are to add a profile within the account of their parent or guardian and complete an individual Bahamas Travel Health Visa application.