Press Announcements

 

COVID-19 Protocols

 

Effective Sunday, June 19, 2022, passengers will no longer be required to apply for a Bahamas Travel Health Visa in order to enter or re-enter the country.

 

 

Please note:

  • Fully vaccinated travellers are required to present proof of (full) vaccination at check-in.
  • 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. 

 

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

 

 

 

 

  • COVID-19 Testing is no longer required for travelling within the Islands of The Bahamas
  • Travelling within The Bahamas, the Bahamas Health Visa is not required
 

 

 

 

Effective June 12, 2022, COVID testing will no longer be required to enter the United States.

 

     

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.

 

SOURCE:  travel.state.govCDC Update

 

Please visit the U.S. Government's FAQ page.

 

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

 

(Crew members of airlines or other aircraft operators are also exempted.)

 

Vaccines which will be accepted are those approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use, as well as those authorized by the World Health Organization:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • Janssen/J&J  (single dose)
  • AstraZeneca
  • Covishield
  • BIBP/Sinopharm
  • Sinovac

 

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.

 

 

U.S. CITIZENS AND LEGAL PERMANENT RESIDENTS

U.S. Citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) two years of age or older are eligible to travel from a foreign country vaccinated or unvaccinated, based on the following requirements:

 

Fully vaccinated passengers:

 

  • Passengers must possess a COVID negative Viral (antigen) test result, taken one (1) day before the flight's departure.

 

  • Proof of fully vaccination must be presented

Unvaccinated passengers:

 

  • Passengers must possess a COVID negative Viral (antigen) test result, taken one (1) day before the flight's departure.

 

  • (or) Proof of exemption from COVID testing requirements

 

SOURCE:  CDC Update

 

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 remain abreast of changing requirements via the CDC's International Travel page.)  Additional 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. You may also visit the U.S. Government's FAQ page.