Press Announcements

 

Safe and Reliable

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

(Please arrive at the airport earlier to allow an additional hour for COVID protocol checks and screening.)

 

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. Please also note that valve masks, i.e. masks with vents or vales, are not permitted on board our aircraft (cloth masks and medical masks covering both nose and mouth are preferred).


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

 

 

International Travel

 

Requirements as of August 6, 2021 for all passengers entering or re-entering, or travelling within, The Bahamas:

  • Before departure to The Bahamas, all unvaccinated passengers 12 years and older must take a COVID-19 RT-PCR (swab) test within five (5) days of arrival in The Bahamas. (The name and address of the lab where test was performed must be clearly displayed on the test result.)

  • Before departure to The Bahamas, fully vaccinated passengers 12 years and older must take a COVID-19 Rapid Antigen or RT-PCR test within five (5) days of arrival in The Bahamas. (The name and address of the lab where test was performed must be clearly displayed on the test result.)

  • All children between the ages of 2 and 11 must obtain a COVID-19 Rapid Antigen or RT-PCR test.

  • All children under the age of 2, as well as flight crews of commercial airlines are exempt from any testing requirements.

  • Once in possession of a negative result, passengers will be required to apply for the Bahamas Travel Health Visa by visiting travel.gov.bs, 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.)
  • 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.)

  • All travellers entering The Bahamas on a cruise ship will be subject to the testing requirements mandated by the cruise line and approved by the Competent Authority.                             

  • 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. (Test day is considered day zero.)

  • 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.

 

Please note:  [ENTRY INTO THE BAHAMAS...BY ANY PASSENGER DEPARTED FROM HAITI, WHETHER BY DIRECT OR TRANSIT, HAS BEEN PROHIBITED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE - PENDING UPDATE FROM GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS.]

 

Apply for Bahamas Health Visa.

Effective, July 1, 2021, the Health Visa $10 fee will be waived for fully vaccinated Bahamians and residents returning home from abroad, however all passengers must make application for the Health Visa in order to travel. (Please note a vaccinated passenger is one that received full vaccination for COVID-19.)

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. (For testing facilities in The Bahamas please see the Testing Page.)

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 (2 years or older) entering the United States are permitted based on the following requirements:

  • A COVID-19 viral test (type of antigen) 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

  • (Please remain abreast of changing requirements via CDC's International Travel page. 

PLEASE NOTE THE ABOVE REQUIREMENTS ALSO APPLY TO FULLY VACCINATED PASSENGERS.

 

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

3. Passengers are subject to medical screening.

 

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Requirements as of September 1, 2021 for all visitors to the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI):

  • Visiting passengers must obtain a travel authorisation at http://turksandcaicostourism.com at least 24 hours before departure

  • Visiting passengers (16 years and older) must be fully vaccinated and must supply proof of vaccination; accepted vaccines are: 

    ·    Johnson and Johnson / Janssen

    ·    Pfizer

    ·    Moderna

    ·    Oxford / AstraZeneca

         PLEASE NOTE:  Visitors with clear proof from a doctor that they are medically exempted from taking the vaccine may be exempt from this requirement

  • Visiting passengers must supply a negative COVID-19 test result within three (3) days of arrival; accepted tests are:

    ·    A Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test 

    ·    A Nucleic Acid Amplification (NAA) test 

    ·    An RNA or molecular test

    ·    An Antigen test

  • Visiting passengers must supply proof of medical/health insurance that covers medical evacuation, hospitalisation, doctor’s visits, medication, quarantine

  • All visitors 10 years and older must have a COVID-19 negative test result  (No vaccination is needed for visitors 10 - 15 years of age
  • Younger visitors below 10 years of age are not subject to vaccination or COVID-19 test requirements

  • All required items above must be uploaded to the TCI Assured portal as a part of the pre-arrival authorisation process

 

Unvaccinated residents of Turks and Caicos (10 years and older), as of September 1, 2021, may re-enter providing the following requirements are met:

  • Supply a negative RT-PCR or Antigen test result
  • Test must have been taken within three (3) days of arrival

 

PLEASE NOTE: 

  • A fully vaccinated passenger is one who would have had their second shot (in a two-dose series) taken over fourteen (14) days, and no less

  • Those who took the Johnson and Johnson single shot, then that shot would have had to have been taken at least fourteen (14) days prior to arrival
  • Any fully vaccinated visitor testing positive in TCI would be required to isolate at their own expense for a period of ten (10) days and undergo a COVID 19 mandatory test on day 7 prior to release. They will be required to do so with accompanying persons (family or travel group)

  • All unvaccinated residents returning to TCI will be required to quarantine for a period of 7 days and undergo a mandatory test (required to be negative) on day five (5) prior to being released. (with their entire household)

  • Any returning resident that has been partially vaccinated (received one dose--in a two-dose series) or not vaccinated is required to submit a negative pre-arrival COVID-19 test result and quarantine for a period of seven (7) days - including Household

 

 

 

Travelling to Cuba

As of Monday, January 4, 2021:

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

Cuba has implented a Sanitary Tax of $30 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.

All non-Cuban citizens who arrive in Cuba must quarantine for 5 nights and 6 days in a designated 'Quarantine Hotel.' Travellers are encouraged to purchase their Quarantine Hotel Package in advance of their departure date. You will be required to take a second PCR test on the fifth day before departing your hotel.

 

 

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

 

Please also note:  [ENTRY INTO THE BAHAMAS...OF ANY PASSENGER DEPARTED FROM HAITI, WHETHER BY DIRECT OR TRANSIT...SHALL BE PROHIBITED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.]

 

 


Additional Adjustments

Please be advised that we are offering you the convenience of re-booking travel at a later time, with no penalty for date or destination change through December 31, 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

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