Press Announcements

 

COVID-19 Protocols

 

 

Please note:

  • Fully vaccinated travellers are required to present a negative test result in addition to valid proof of (full) vaccination.
  • Passengers are considered fully vaccinated two (2) weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after their single dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in a single-dose series.
  • At this time, the Bahamas Government will only be accepting vaccines by Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca.
  • Combined doses of COVID-19 vaccines of either AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson are also accepted.
  • Accepted RT-PCR tests include:  PCR, NAAT, NAA, RNA and TMA.
  • 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. (The Chief Medical Officer may exempt a person travelling within The Bahamas from the negative test requirement.)
  • Visiting passengers and airline crew must have an approved Bahamas Travel Health Visa with a QR code, obtained at www.travel.gov.bs.

 

Apply for Bahamas Health Visa.

For more details and updates, please visit the COVID Bahamas website and the Bahamas Travel Update website. (For testing facilities in The Bahamas please see the Testing Page.)

 

 

Travel Restrictions as a Result of the COVID-19 Omicron variant
 

As a consequence of the identification of Omicron, the Government of The Bahamas has imposed travel restrictions on travellers from the following countries:

  • Botswana;
  • Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) Lesotho;
  • Malawi;
  • Mozambique;
  • Namibia;
  • Zimbabwe; and
  • South Africa

Individuals not ordinarily resident in The Bahamas who have travelled to, through, or from these countries within the last fourteen (14) days WILL NOT be allowed entry. 

Individuals (vaccinated or unvaccinated) who are ordinarily resident (citizens, permanent residents, individuals with work permits) may be permitted to enter The Bahamas, but will be subject to mandatory quarantine for fourteen (14) days at their own expense and will undergo screening as mandated by the Bahamas Ministry of Health & Wellness. 

 

  

 

Further Information

 

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

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.

 

 

 

Requirements for fully Vaccinated Passengers:

 

  • Passengers travelling inter-island, i.e. within The Bahamas, from New Providence & Paradise Island (Nassau,) Grand Bahama (Freeport), Eleuthera or Inagua are required to possess a negative test result (Rapid Antigen or RT-PCR), taken no more than three days (72 hours) prior to the date of travel.

 

  • Proof of vaccination must be presented

Requirements for Unvaccinated Passengers:

 

  • Passengers travelling inter-island, i.e. within The Bahamas, from New Providence & Paradise Island (Nassau,) Grand Bahama (Freeport), Eleuthera or Inagua are required to possess a negative RT-PCR test result, taken no more than three days (72 hours) prior to the date of travel.

 

  • (or) Proof of exemption from COVID testing requirements

 

Please note:

  • For travelling within The Bahamas, the Bahamas Health Visa is not required.
  • 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. (The Chief Medical Officer may exempt a person travelling within The Bahamas from the negative test requirement.)
  • Persons travelling inter-island from any island unmentioned will not be required to undergo COVID-19 testing.
  • Persons travelling inter-island and returning to the originating island within a 24-hour period will not be required to undergo COVID-19 testing.

 

 

 

 

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced that as of December 6, 2021 all passengers two years or older will be required to present a negative COVID-19 Viral (antigen) test result, taken NO MORE THAN ONE DAY prior to travelling, in order to board a flight to the United States - regardless of vaccination status or nationality.

If you recently recovered from COVID-19, you may instead travel with documentation of recovery from COVID-19 (i.e. your positive COVID test result, taken no more than 90 days before the flight's departure) and a letter from a licensed healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel.