COVID-19 Status – The Bahamas

Posted: February 4, 2021 at 6:58 pm

Yes. All persons travelling to The Bahamas, and those travelling inter-island from Nassau & Paradise Island or Grand Bahama Island, must first obtain a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR (swab) test 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.

Persons travelling inter-islandfrom Nassau & Paradise Island or Grand Bahama Islandto other islands are required to undergo a RT-PCR test no more thanfive (5) days prior to travel and produce a negative result.

If a Bahamas citizen or resident travels internationally, they must secure a test in the destination they visited before travelling back to The Bahamas. Any RT-PCR test taken in The Bahamas prior to travel will not be valid for re-entry.

Contact your health care professional to receive a COVID-19 RT-PCR Test.

No, only a negative RT-PCR (swab) test from a referenced lab will be considered a VALID test to be granted entry into The Bahamas.

All visitors entering The Bahamas will be required to opt in to the Health Insurance coverage when applying for their Bahamas Health Visa (more details on Bahamas Health Visa below).

Coverage includes:

The cost of the required COVID Health Insurance is included in the Bahamas Health Visa and paid in advance of travel.

All travellers, returning citizens and residents arriving via commercial flights, as well as by private planes, private boats, yachts or pleasure craft, are required to apply for a Bahamas Travel Health Visa attravel.gov.bsby selecting the International option and completing all required fields.

Yes, all those travelling inter-island both residents and visitors will be required to complete an electronic Travel Health Visa, via the domestic or international sections, as appropriate.

Yes, there is anon-refundablefee for the Bahamas Travel Health Visa, which will be dependent on length of stay.

All Bahamas Travel Health Visas include standard administrative costs, such as the application fee for the Health Visa, as well as relative IT and distribution costs.

The final price of an individual Bahamas Travel Health Visa for visitors, returning citizens and residents is dependent on length of stay and any applicable testing, healthcare related costs, or insurance requirements. (More details on rapid testing below)

Domestic Travel (within The Bahamas):

International Travel:

Each applicant eighteen (18) years of age or older, will be required to complete their own Bahamas Travel Health Visa Application and upload their individual negative test results. Persons seventeen (17) years and younger are to add a profile within the account of the parent or guardian. Please ensure each application is submitted with the corresponding test results.

Travellers should upload ALL pages of the test results report, even if there are multiple pages.

Please ensure your test results state clearly the following information:

For U.S. travellers, an accredited lab can be found athttps://www.cdc.gov/clia/LabSearch.html

For travellers from other countries, labs that have been accredited by the local medical health officials should be used.

Children age ten (10) and under are exemptfrom requiring a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test; they will, however, be required to have their application submitted by a parent/guardian.

Bahamas Travel Health Visa applications take up to48hoursto process so they should be completed with adequate lead time.

Applicants will receive an automated responsewithin 1 hourof submission indicating the application is being processed. Travellers should not apply again unless they do not receive the automated response within the hour.

An approved Bahamas Travel Health Visa will receive a green code, and proof of confirmation should be presented at check-in and upon arrival in the destination.

If a Bahamas Travel Health Visa application is pending, visitor will receive a yellow code which means it requires additional review.

If a Bahamas Travel Health Visa application is denied, visitor will receive a red color code and will not be permitted entry to The Bahamas.

Travellers shouldnotsubmit more than one application per person travelling (per trip). Do NOT submit multiple applications.

For all questions regarding the Bahamas Travel Health Visa process, or to check on the status of your application, contacthealthvisa@bahamas.com.

There are a number of reasons why Bahamas Travel Health Visa applications are not approved. Among the most common are:

Yes, please ensure you print your Approved (Green) Bahamas Travel Health Visa response issued electronically by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and the Bahamas Ministry of Health.

Travellers who fail to complete an electronic Travel Health Visa application form or provide a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR Negative (Swab) Test from an accredited lab will be denied entry to The Bahamas and are subject to fines and possible imprisonment.

Bahamas Travel Health Visas are valid for the duration of each individual travellers trip. Because a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result is required to be uploaded to complete the Bahamas Travel Health Visa application with test date no more than five (5) days prior to the date of arrival, it is necessary for all travellers to apply for a new Health Visa with each trip.

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