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The Bahamas’ tourism sector will gradually come back online, following a strategic, phased approach that ensures critical health and safety protocols are being adhered to, and that the Health sector remains well equipped and ready to respond, as necessary. All visitors are reminded that this situation remains fluid/dynamic, and should check  for daily updates.

PHASE 2 (JULY 1st, 2020):

Beginning July 1st, 2020, the resumption of international travel will begin. This will include:

  • Resumption of service by commercial airlines, both international and domestic. NOTE: Domestic and international airlines have announced plans for their return to The Bahamas. It is recommended that travelers check with airlines directly for details of recommencement of service.
  • Re-opening of hotels and second-home rentals.
  • Resumption of public transportation ranging from taxis to jitneys and buses.

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS AND PROTOCOLS JULY 1st – 6th, 2020: 

  • Due to the recent increase of COVID-19 cases in the U.S., and in an abundance of caution for the health and safety of both travelers and residents alike, all incoming visitors must present a COVID-19 RT-PCR negative (Swab) test result upon arrival. Results must be no more than ten (10) days old.
  • Contact your health care professional to receive a COVID-19 RT-PCR test. Tests are also available at select  and  stores across the U.S. For additional information, please click on the following link to find a testing site near you:
  • Select individuals will be exempt from testing. These include:

- Children under the age of two;
- Private pilots who do not deplane;
- Bahamian Citizens, Residents and Homeowners Returning from CARICOM countries.

However, they remain subject to other public health measures.

  • All travelers will be required to complete an electronic Health Visa. This Phase 2 e-Form can be found at

- One of the requirements of the form is to upload a RT PCR COVID-19 negative test together with the application. You will receive an automated response informing you that you have been approved and that you should travel with your approval (Health Visa) and COVID-19 negative test result. NOTE: Visitors could be denied if a Health Visa application is submitted with a positive COVID-19 test result.

- Airline personnel will only check if passengers traveling to The Bahamas have their Bahamas Health Visa. Airlines are NOT required to check any COVID-19 results as these would have already been checked before passengers commence their travel. Bahamian Immigration will check the COVID-19 test upon arrival, and your Bahamas Health Visa must be presented at that time as well.

  • Quarantine will not be required upon entry. However if persons are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms upon arrival, Bahamian health professionals would need to conduct additional testing and/or recommend additional measures such as quarantine.
  • All incoming visitors arriving at airports and seaports are subject to temperature screenings by Bahamas healthcare personnel.
  • Travelers will be required to wear a facemask in any situation where it is necessary to enforce physical distancing guidelines, such as when entering and transiting air and sea terminals, while navigating security and customs screenings, and at baggage claim.

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS AND PROTOCOLS EFFECTIVE JULY 7th, 2020:

  •  Effective July 7th, all incoming visitors must present a COVID-19 RT-PCR negative (Swab) test result upon arrival. Results must be no more than seven (7) days old.
  • All travelers will be required to complete an electronic Health Visa. This Phase 2 e-Form can be found at  

- One of the requirements of the form is to upload a RT PCR COVID-19 negative test together with the application. You will receive an automated response informing you that you have been approved and that you should travel with your approval (Health Visa) and COVID-19 negative test result. NOTE: Visitors could be denied if a Health Visa application is submitted with a positive COVID-19 test result.

- Airline personnel will only check if passengers traveling to The Bahamas have their Bahamas Health Visa. Airlines are NOT required to check any COVID-19 results as these would have already been checked before passengers commence their travel. Bahamian Immigration will check the COVID-19 test upon arrival, and your Bahamas Health Visa must be presented at that time as well.

  • Quarantine will not be required upon entry. However if persons are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms upon arrival, Bahamian health professionals would need to conduct additional testing and/or recommend additional measures such as quarantine.
  • All persons entering the country may be subject to thermal temperature checks.
  • All persons entering the country will continue to be monitored by the Bahamas Ministry of Health.

Finally, once on island, travelers should expect to follow The Bahamas’ “Healthy Traveler Campaign” that encourages both visitors and residents to continue practicing social distancing measures (3 – 6 ft.), regularly wash hands or use hand sanitizers, and pack and wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) such as face masks, just as they would their swimsuits and sunscreen.

Travel Safely! Travel Responsibly!