Due to the recent and continued increase in COVID-19 cases in The Bahamas, the following restrictions have been put in place to protect the health and wellbeing of both residents and visitors, and to prevent the spread of the virus throughout The Bahamas, which remain of primary importance. As a reminder, expect this situation to remain fluid/dynamic. Given this, you are strongly advised to check Bahamas.com/TravelUpdates for frequent updates.
Requirements for Entering The Bahamas:
1. ALL incoming visitors, as well as returning citizens and residents, must show proof of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test, taken no more than ten (10) days prior to the date of arrival.
You may contact your health care professional to receive a COVID-19 RT-PCR test. Tests are also available, after online approval, at select CVS and Walgreens stores across the U.S. For additional information, please click on the following link to find a testing site near you: Corona Virus Testing Sites
2. ALL travellers must apply for a Bahamas Health Visa at travel.gov.bs by selecting the International option and completing all required fields. When completing the application, you will be asked to upload a COVID-19 test which displays the following characteristics:
- RT PCR test (not an antigen test nor an antibody test).
- A negative result.
- Valid for 10 days from the date the specimen was provided.
NOTE: Effective September 1st, 2020 your COVID-19 PCR test must be taken no more than five (5) days prior to the date of arrival.
- Name and address of the accredited lab where test was performed.
3. For U.S. based travelers, an accredited lab can be found at the Center for Disease Control. Once at the webpage, scroll down to “Advanced Search”, click on “Show” and type in the zip code in which you wish to perform the coronavirus test. All accredited labs in the requested zip code are listed. For all travelers from other countries, labs that have been accredited by the local medical health officials should be used.
4. The only applicants for a Bahamas Health Visa that are not required to provide a COVID-19 test are:
- Children under the age of ten (10).
- Pilots and crew who remain overnight in The Bahamas.
5. No longer will exemptions exist for citizens and residents who make short trips overseas.
1. All visitors and returning residents are required to quarantine for fourteen (14) days upon arrival into The Bahamas. Quarantine can occur in one of the following:
- A private residence or rented accommodation (like AirBnB) where the person can quarantine in an unoccupied bedroom with its own connected bathroom.
- A hotel or private club where the person can quarantine in an unoccupied bedroom with its own connected bathroom.
- A private boat.
If the traveler cannot quarantine in any of the locations listed above, they will be directed into a Government Mandated Quarantine Facility at their own expense.
2. Upon arrival, every visitor or returning resident will be directed to the Ministry of Health officials at the airport or Port of Entry. They will declare the location of their intended quarantine site or their intention to utilize the Government Mandated Quarantine Facility.
3. Once Ministry of Health officials approve/verify the intended quarantine site, the HubbCat APP will be installed on their telephones for purposes of contact tracing to be performed exclusively by the COVID Enforcement Unit.
4. Once a room/site is declared as an approved quarantine site, no persons, other than those approved to quarantine in that site, will be allowed to enter that designated quarantine site for the entire quarantine period.
5. Once the fourteen (14) day quarantine period is completed, all persons intending to remain in the country will be required to complete another COVID-19 test, at their own expense, to exit quarantine. The Chief Medical Officer or her designate can grant exemptions to this requirement.
6. Persons in mandatory quarantine, wishing to leave the country before the expiration of the fourteen (14) day mandatory quarantine period, can do so at any time without the need to perform another COVID-19 test once they inform the COVID Enforcement Unit.
7. A visitor who refuses to quarantine and have the HubbCat APP installed on their telephones for the purposes of contact tracing will be deported and placed in mandatory quarantine in a government facility until such deportation.
1. All hotels are designated as quarantine sites. As such, persons quarantining in a hotel can make use of all of the facilities in the hotel. Casinos and nightclubs will be closed.
Travel Related Protocols and Restrictions:
In effort to effectively respond to and control the spread of COVID-19 in The Bahamas, the Prime Minister, The Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis, has issued new Emergency Orders for the Bahamas Out Islands. All travellers to The Bahamas will be required to adhere to these protocols and restrictions. NOTE: Due to fluidity of the COVID-19 situation, these protocols are subject to change.
If you are visiting ...
Chub Cay (Berry Islands), Harbour Island, Long Cay, Long Island, Rum Cay, Ragged Island, San Salvador and Spanish Wells:
- You are free to roam! At this time there are no curfew restrictions and all commercial activities are allowed with physical distancing and sanitization protocols.
- All beaches and parks are open!
If you are visiting ...
Abaco, Acklins, Andros, The Berry Islands (except Chub Cay), Bimini, Cat Island, Crooked Island, Eleuthera, Exuma, Mayaguana, and Inagua:
- A mandatory curfew is in place from 10:00 p.m. – 5:00 a.m. daily.
- Hotels are permitted to operate with essential staff, but guests may not leave the premises except to visit essential businesses such as grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, water depots (6:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. daily) and banks (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., M – F).
- Hotels with guests can operate with current restrictions of no outdoor dining, no gaming, gyms and spas.
- All beaches and parks are open from 5:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. daily.
- Weddings are permitted with 10 people, excluding the officiant.
Inter-Island Travel | Domestic Travel
- Domestic travel is limited to emergencies and for the transport of essential goods or freight services.
- All travellers must undergo a COVID-19 RT-PCR test no more than ten (10) days prior to travelling, and obtain a negative result. NOTE: Effective September 1st, 2020 your COVID-19 PCR test must be taken no more than five (5) days prior to the date of arrival.
- ALL travellers must apply for a Bahamas Health Visa at travel.gov.bs by selecting the Domestic option and completing all required fields. When completing the application, you will be asked to upload a COVID-19 negative test result.
- The only travellers who are not required to provide a COVID-19 test are children under the age of ten (10).
- Upon arrival to the other island, the person must submit to a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a government-identified facility or any other appropriate facility as determined by the Ministry of Health (see above under “Quarantine”).
Travel Safely!!! Travel Responsibly!
- You are required to wear a mask.
- You are required to practice social distancing.
- You are required to sanitize/wash your hands.
- You are required to follow the established Bahamian protocols and travel restrictions.
And remember to stay informed by tuning in to Bahamas.com/TravelUpdates