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COVID-19 Protocols

 

Requirements for fully vaccinated passengers:

 

  • Passengers ages 12 and older must obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test result, taken no more than five (5) days prior to the date of arrival. (The name and address of the lab where the test was performed must be clearly displayed on the test result.)

 

  • Children, between the ages of 2 and 11 must obtain a negative COVID-19 test result (Rapid Antigen Test or PCR), taken five (5) days prior to travel.

 

  • The day the test is taken is considered Day 0; for example, if a test was taken on Monday, travel must be completed by Saturday in order for the test to be valid for entry.

 

  • Children, under the age of two (2), as well as pilots and crew of commercial airlines who remain overnight in The Bahamas, are exempt from COVID-19 testing requirements.

 

  • Passengers eighteen (18) years of age and older are required to complete an individual Bahamas Travel Health Visa application, where required documents must be uploaded. (Those persons seventeen (17) years and younger are to add a profile within the account of the parent or guardian.)

Requirements for unvaccinated passengers:

 

  • All unvaccinated persons ages 12 and older must obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test result, taken no more than five (5) days prior to the date of arrival. (The name and address of the lab where the test was performed must be clearly displayed on the test result.)

 

  • Children, between the ages of 2 and 11 must obtain a negative COVID-19 test (Rapid Antigen Test or PCR), taken five days prior to travel to The Bahamas.

 

  • The day the test is taken is considered Day 0; for example, if a test was taken on Monday, travel must be completed by Saturday in order for the test to be valid for entry.

 

  • Children, under the age of two (2), as well as pilots and crew of commercial airlines who remain overnight in The Bahamas, are exempt from COVID-19 testing requirements.

 

  • Passengers eighteen (18) years of age and older are required to complete an individual Bahamas Travel Health Visa application, where required documents must be uploaded. (Those persons seventeen (17) years and younger are to add a profile within the account of the parent or guardian.)

 

Please note:

  • Fully vaccinated travellers are required to present a negative test result in addition to valid proof of (full) vaccination
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Persons travelling from The Bahamas to another country and returning within a 24-hour period will not be required to undergo a new COVID-19 test to re-enter The Bahamas.
  • 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.  NOTE: The Chief Medical Officer may exempt a person travelling within The Bahamas from the negative test requirement.
  • Payment of the Travel Health Visa fee is no longer required for Bahamian citizens and residents returning to The Bahamas.

 

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 Restrications 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 (within The Bahamas) from Acklins, Berry Island, Crooked Island, Eleuthera, Inagua or New Providence & Paradise Island will be required to possess a negative test result (Rapid Antigen or RT-PCR), taken no more than five (5) days prior to the date of travel.

 

  • Proof of vaccination must be presented

Requirements for unvaccinated passengers:

 

  • Passengers ages 12 and older wishing to travel within The Bahamas from Acklins, Berry Island, Crooked Island, Eleuthera, Inagua or New Providence & Paradise Island are required to undergo a PCR test no more than five (5) days prior to travel and produce a negative result.

 

  • (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.  NOTE: 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 a new COVID-19 test.

 

 

 

       

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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.

 

     

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 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

 

 

 

 

For international travel, all passengers (Cubans or foreigners) arriving in Cuba should present a health passport or international certificate of vaccination against COVID-19 of those vaccines certified by the corresponding regulatory agencies.

All travellers who do not present a health passport or international certification of COVID-19 vaccination, will be obliged to present a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result, taken within 72 hours of travelling, from a certified laboratory in the country of origin.

Children under 12 years of age, regardless of their nationality, will be exempt from presenting a vaccination or RT-PCR test upon arrival in Cuba.

 

Very important that all passengers from the US over 12 years old must be vaccinated to enter Cuba.

 

International travellers from the U.S. must present a health passport or vaccination certificate as a requirement to enter the country, the only exemptions from this measure are:

  • Children 12 years of age or younger
  • Any traveller who presents certified documentation of any health condition that has prevented him from applying any of the vaccines approved as of today by the corresponding regulatory agencies at the time of arrival

 

In the previous case, the traveller must present the negative result of an RT-PCR carried out 72 hours before travelling to Cuba by a certified laboratory in the United States.

 

Cuba has implented a Sanitary Tax of $30 now required for all passengers travelling into Cuba. (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.

 

For more information please visit Cuba's travel page.

 

 

 

 

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.]

 

 

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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).