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The Prime Minister of The Bahamas, The Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis, announced that the Emergency Order, “Emergency Powers (COVID 19) Order, 2020,” will remain in effect until May 30th, 2020. Full details of this order may be found at www.opm.gov.bs

The current Emergency Order impacts you, our guests, in the following ways:

  • No visitor shall be permitted to enter and disembark for any reason including transiting through The Bahamas.
  • All airports throughout The Bahamas are closed to incoming flights carrying passengers.
  • Airlines are permitted, with proper approval, to fly empty aircraft into The Bahamas to retrieve international visitors and return them to their home country.
  • All seaports shall be closed to regional and international seafaring and private boating.
  • Air and sea restrictions do not apply to: cargo flights or cargo ships, commercial courier flights, emergency medical flights or emergency flights approved by the Bahamas Civil Aviation Authority.
  • All international visitors currently in The Bahamas should be prepared to stay for an indefinite period of time.
  • No person shall offer for hire or seek to travel on any mail boat, sailing inter-island, except for transport of freight; or inter-island private commercial sea transport.

 

Travel Flexibility and Support:
We understand the need for increased flexibility at this time, whether you are planning a trip for some time in the future or you need to cancel an existing reservation. So to assist you in your travel decisions, we have encouraged all of our hotel members – for bookings made directly with them – to relax their cancellation policies. Please contact your hotel directly. Guests who booked via online travel agents or other third parties are advised to contact their booking provider for information on their policies and for assistance.

Our Commitment | Our Recommendation:
As you can imagine, the decision by the Prime Minister was by no means an easy one, as Tourism is the economic driver of The Bahamas. However, our highest priority is the health and well-being of our people and you, our guests. We therefore urge you to stay safe and adhere to recommendations made by your local legislators – this will pass! And while we know it does not quite compare to the real Bahamas – the Out Islands – we invite you to sign up for our e-mails to receive some of the most popular Bahamian food and drink recipes to try at home until such time as we are able to welcome you back to ours.

Sincerely,
The Bahama Out Islands Promotion Board Support Team