Press Announcements

Safe and Reliable

Bahamasair remains committed to adhering to the best local and international aviation and medical standards.



International Travel

Requirements for all passengers entering or re-entering The Bahamas: 

  • Before departure to The Bahamas, a COVID-19 RT-PCR (swab) test must be taken no more than five (5) days from the date of arrival in The Bahamas. (The name and address of the lab where test was performed must be clearly displayed on the test result.)  PLEASE NOTE: Children 10 years and under, and flight crews of commercial airlines are exempt from obtaining the RT-PCR test.

  • Passengers younger than seventeen (17) years not travelling alone may add a profile within the account of the parent/guardian's Travel Health Visa application, rather than applying for one separately. (Households travelling together are encouraged to use one email address per family to receive responses. Groups may also use one email address for responses.)
  • Once in possession of a negative result, passengers will be required to apply for the Bahamas Travel Health Visa by visiting travel.gov.bs (international), where the negative test result must be uploaded. (The cost of the Travel Health Visa is dependent upon length of stay; it includes the COVID-19 Health insurance which covers passengers for the duration of their stay, and takes up to 72 hours to process.)

  • Visiting passengers remaining in The Bahamas for longer than four (4) nights, five (5) days will be required to additionally undergo a Rapid COVID-19 antigen test after day five.

 

 

Inter-Island Travel

Travellers throughout the Islands of The Bahamas are required to apply for the Bahamas Health Visa by visiting travel.gov.bs (domestic). For travel where COVID testing is required, the test result must be uploaded when applying for the Health Visa.

Travel from New Providence or Grand Bahama into any island is permitted based on the following requirements: 

  • Before departure, a COVID-19 RT-PCR (swab) test with a negative result taken no more than five (5) days from the date of travel. (The name and address of the lab, where test was performed, must be clearly displayed on the test result.)  PLEASE NOTE: Children 10 years and under, and flight crews of commercial airlines are exempt from obtaining the RT-PCR test. Emergency travellers are also exempted.

  • Once in possession of a negative result, all passengers will be required to apply for a Bahamas Health Visa by visiting travel.gov.bs (domestic), where the test result must be uploaded. (The cost of the Travel Health Visa is dependent upon length of stay; it includes the COVID-19 Health insurance, which covers passengers for the duration of their stay and takes up to 72 hours to process.)

  • Passengers younger than seventeen (17) years not travelling alone may add a profile within the account of the parent/guardian's Travel Health Visa application, rather than applying for one separately. (Households travelling together are encouraged to use one email address per family to receive responses. Groups may also use one email address to receive responses.)
  • All passengers remaining at their arrival port for longer than four (4) nights, five (5) days will be required to undergo a second Rapid COVID-19 antigen test. (The cost of this test will also be included in the cost of the Travel Health Visa.) 

  • If you are connecting in New Providence and not departing the airport between flights, testing is not required. (If you depart from another island and are connecting in New Providence overnight, testing is required; to request an exemption, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..)  NOTE: The Chief Medical Officer may exempt a person travelling within The Bahamas from the negative test requirement.

Passengers travelling from Exuma to any other island will NO LONGER require COVID testing.

All Islands of The Bahamas require the wearing of masks and appropriate social distancing in public areas.

 

 

Further Information

Please be aware that the Bahamas Government removed the need to quarantine, as of November 1, 2020:

For more details and updates, please visit the COVID Bahamas website and the Bahamas Travel Update website.

Online check-in is temporarily disabled to ensure proper COVID measures are taken.

Additionally, we are asking our passengers to arrive at airports earlier than usual to allow for longer wait times at security checkpoints and airport screening—three hours before travel time for international flights, and two hours before travel time for domestic flights.

 

 

Travelling to the United States

Effective January 26, 2021, all passengers entering the United States are permitted based on the following requirements:

  • A COVID-19 test must be taken taken within three (3) days prior to departure (U.S. citizens are subject to this rule)

  • Written documentation (paper or electronic) of the result must be presented

More information is available on the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website. Please contact your local health provider for information on where testing facilities are available.

 

Effective December 9, 2020, Fort Lauderdale Airport (FLL) will offer on-site COVID testing in Terminal 3, lower level, near baggage claim - open to all airline passengers who can provide proof of upcoming travel from Fort Lauderdale, Miami or Palm Beach International airports. Initial operating hours will be 7 am to 9 pm daily. PCR swab tests provide results in 48 hours at a cost of $99. (Rapid Antigen tests are also available, with results in 30 minutes, at $69.) More information is available at Fort Lauderdale Airport's website.

 

 

Travelling to Turks and Caicos Islands

1. Passengers and airline crew must obtain a travel authorization at http://turksandcaicostourism.com at least 24 hours before departure.

    This does not apply to:

  • airline crew who stay for a maximum of 24 hours
  • merchant seamen


2. Passengers and airline crew must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) RNA, Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) or PCR test result issued at most 5 days before arrival.

    This does not apply to:

  • airline crew staying for less than 24 hours
  • merchant seamen
  • passengers younger than 10 years

Passengers are subject to medical screening

 

 

Travelling to Cuba

As of Monday, January 4, 2021:

  • Havana flights will operate the first (1st) and second (2nd) Monday of each month
  • Holguin flights will operate the third (3rd) and fourth (4th) Wednesday of each month
  • Passengers must present a negative PCR COVID test result - taken up to 72 hours before arrival

A Sanitary Tax of $30 is now required for all passengers travelling into Cuba, which includes the cost of a COVID PCR test upon arrival

(The fee will be collected at check-in.)

A Cuban Visa may also be obtained at the check-in counter at the cost of $30 per passenger.

 

 

Travelling to Haiti 

Please be aware that:

  • Passengers are subject to medical screening
  • A completed Health Declaration form must be presented to immigration upon arrival

 

 

At the Airport


We have implemented a mandatory mask policy, as well as physical distancing which is required for our employees and passengers, to keep everyone safe. We also continue our extensive sanitization process at our counters and gates, in our commitment to maintain a healthy and safe environment.

 


On Board


Following safety protocols, we are continuing extensive deep cleaning on board all of our aircraft, with attention and detail being given to armrests, tray tables, overhead bins, sidewalls, lavatories and common surfaces; and the mandatory wearing of face masks is extended throughout the flight.


For the well-being of passengers and crew, we have suspended in-flight service as a health and safety measure.

 


Additional Adjustments

For flights booked before June 1, 2020 - for travel when operations were suspended, we are offering you the convenience of re-booking travel at a later time, with no penalty for date change through March, 2021 . (Visit to our Search page to make your changes and manage your flights online.) You may also contact our Reservations centre at (242) 702-4140, toll free from the Family Islands at (242) 300-8359, toll free from the United States at (800) 222-4262, or visit our Sales Office in Palmdale or in Freeport for further assistance.

 

We are also offering travel vouchers for passengers uncertain about when they may be able to travel again.


We look forward to serving you soon and welcoming you back on board our National Flag Carrier.


“Safety is, and always will be, paramount at Bahamasair.”

Hon. O.A.T. (Tommy) Turnquest, C.D., CBE
Bahamasair Chairman

 

TRAVELLING TO THE UNITED STATES

Effective January 26, 2021, all passengers entering the United States will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result. Test must have been taken within three (3) days prior to departure, and a written documentation (paper or electronic) of the result must be presented. (U.S. citizens are subject to this rule.)

More information is available on the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website. Please contact your local health provider for information on where testing facilities are available.

Effective December 9, 2020, Fort Lauderdale Airport (FLL) will offer on-site COVID testing in Terminal 3, lower level, near baggage claim - open to all airline passengers who can provide proof of upcoming travel from Fort Lauderdale, Miami or Palm Beach International airports. Initial operating hours will be 7 am to 9 pm daily. PCR swab tests provide results in 48 hours at a cost of $99. (Rapid Antigen tests are also available, with results in 30 minutes, at $69.) More information is available at Fort Lauderdale Airport's website.

 

Please note that Flight 221 departs from Bahamasair's Domestic Terminal.

(Due to the closure of U.S. Pre-clearance at this time, Bahamian passengers will be required to have U.S. Visas for this flight.)

 

 

CUBA FLIGHTS

As of Monday, January 4, 2021:

  • Havana flights will operate the first (1st) and second (2nd) Monday of each month
  • Holguin flights will operate the third (3rd) and fourth (4th) Wednesday of each month
  • Passengers must present a negative PCR COVID test result - taken up to 72 hours before arrival

A Sanitary Tax of $30 is now required for all passengers travelling into Cuba, which includes the cost of a COVID PCR test upon arrival. (The fee will be collected at check-in.)

A Cuban Visa may also be obtained at the check-in counter at the cost of $30 per passenger.

 

 

PRESS ANNOUNCEMENT - RATES

Please note far changes on Press Release, announced December 24, 2020.

 

Safe and Reliable

Bahamasair remains committed to adhering to the best local and international aviation and medical standards.

 

 

Before you Travel

If you are holding tickets booked before June 1, 2020 for travel when operations were suspended, please note that you may make a one-time date change without penalty. (Visit to our Search page to make your changes and manage your flights online.) You may also contact our Reservations centre at (242) 702-4140, toll free from the Family Islands at (242) 300-8359, toll free from the United States at (800) 222-4262, or visit our Sales Office in Palmdale or in Freeport for further assistance.


Please be aware that the Bahamas Government announced new Travel Requirements, removing the need to quarantine as of November 1, 2020:

 

International Travel

Entry requirements for citizens, legal residents, and visitors:

  • Before departure to The Bahamas, a COVID-19 RT-PCR (swab) test with a negative result taken no more than five (5) days from the date of arrival in The Bahamas. (The name and address of the lab, where test was performed, must be clearly displayed on the test result.)  PLEASE NOTE: Children 10 years and under, and flight crews of commercial airlines are exempt from obtaining the RT-PCR test.

  • Passengers entering or re-entering The Bahamas must obtain the Travel Health Visa. Once in possession of a negative result, all passengers will be required to apply for the Visa by visiting travel.gov.bs (international), where the test result must be uploaded. (The cost of insurance is included in the Travel Health Visa application fee and takes up to 72 hours to process; the cost of the Travel Health Visa is dependent upon length of stay.)

  • All passengers remaining in The Bahamas for longer than four (4) nights, five (5) days will be required to undergo a Rapid COVID-19 antigen test.

 

Inter-Island Travel

Travel from New Providence or Grand Bahama into any island is permitted based on the following requirements:

  • Before departure, a COVID-19 RT-PCR (swab) test with a negative result taken no more than five (5) days from the date of travel. (The name and address of the lab, where test was performed, must be clearly displayed on the test result.)  PLEASE NOTE: Children 10 years and under, and flight crews of commercial airlines are exempt from obtaining the RT-PCR test. Emergency travellers are also exempted.

  • Once in possession of a negative result, all passengers will be required to apply for a Bahamas Health Visa by visiting travel.gov.bs (domestic), where the test result must be uploaded. (The cost of the Travel Health Visa is included; cost is dependent upon length of stay.)

  • All passengers remaining at their arrival port for longer than four (4) nights, five (5) days will be required to undergo a second Rapid COVID-19 antigen test. (The cost of this test will be included in the cost of the Travel Health Visa.) 

  • If you are connecting in New Providence and not departing the airport between flights, testing is not required. (If you depart from another island and are connecting in New Providence overnight, testing is required; to request an exemption, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..)

 

Passengers travelling from Exuma to any other island will NO LONGER require COVID testing.

 

All travellers are required to apply for the Bahamas Health Visa by visiting travel.gov.bs (domestic), where the test result must be uploaded for travel to islands where COVID testing is required.

 

NOTE:  The Chief Medical Officer may exempt a person travelling within The Bahamas from the negative test requirement.

 

All Islands of The Bahamas require the wearing of masks and appropriate social distancing in public areas.

For more details and updates, please visit the COVID Bahamas website and the Bahamas Travel Update website.

 


Additionally, we are asking our passengers to arrive at airports earlier than normal to allow for longer wait times at the security checkpoints and airport screening—three hours before travel time for international flights, and two hours before travel time for domestic flights.

 

 

At the Airport


We have implemented a mandatory mask policy, as well as physical distancing which is required for our employees and passengers, to keep everyone safe. We also continue our extensive sanitization process at our counters and gates, in our commitment to maintain a healthy and safe environment.

 


On Board


Following safety protocols, we are continuing extensive deep cleaning on board all of our aircraft, with attention and detail being given to armrests, tray tables, overhead bins, sidewalls, lavatories and common surfaces; and the mandatory wearing of face masks is extended throughout the flight.


For the well-being of passengers and crew, we have suspended in-flight service as a health and safety measure.

 


Additional Adjustments


For flight date changes, ware offering you the convenience of re-booking travel at a later time, with no penalty for date changes through March, 2021 (for tickets booked before June 1, 2020). We want to provide you enough time to re-plan your trip and fly with us at a later date.


We are also offering travel vouchers for passengers uncertain about when they may be able to travel again.


We look forward to serving you soon and welcoming you back on board our National Flag Carrier.


“Safety is, and always will be, paramount at Bahamasair.”

Hon. O.A.T. (Tommy) Turnquest, C.D., CBE
Bahamasair Chairman

 

Bahamasair wishes to advise the public that in accordance with the Government’s implemented Emergency Power Orders (covid-19), the airline’s operation remain suspended. However, as the Government moves gradually to the removal of the Emergency Orders, we expect to resume flight services in the near future. Updates will be provided to inform you of the same. 

The Government will introduce a COVID-19 Travel Authorization Card that will allow individuals to travel to approved Family Islands as part of a gradual re-opening of inter-island travel, Prime Minister Dr. The Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis announced Sunday (May 17, 2020). Read more here: https://bit.ly/2WFvsrW

Bahamasair wishes to advise the public that in accordance with the recently announced Emergency Powers (COVID-19) (No.2) Order, the airline will suspend service as of Wednesday, March 25, 2020 until Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

Bahamasair wishes to advise the travelling public that, effective Tuesday March 24, 2020 all scheduled flights to Havana Cuba will be suspended until further notice.

The Government has enacted emergency measures that seek to limit the spread of the Coronavirus 19 (COVID-19). Therefore Bahamasair has made adjustments to its flight schedule.

Bahamasair wishes to notify the travelling public that our airline continues to monitor and respond to the growing situation regarding coronavirus (COVID-19). The airline is committed to preserving the health and safety of both passengers and staff, by working closely with Ministry of Health officials, as well as industry leaders for updates and best practices.

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