In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 throughout our islands, the Most Honorable Doctor Hubert Minnis, Prime Minister of The Bahamas, evoked new emergency powers on Monday, March 23, 2020, to be in effect from Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 9:00 AM through Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Notably, as of today, the Bahamas Ministry of Health has confirmed 24 cases of COVID-19 in The Bahamas.
The new emergency measures include:
- A 24-Hour Country-Wide Curfew
- Every Non-Essential Establishment or Business Shall Remain Closed. NOTE: Hotels are allowed to remain open, but all casinos, spas, gyms, discotheques and restaurants therein must remain closed. Hotel restaurants may offer take-away or room service.
- Restriction on International Travel:
- Except with the prior written permission of the Competent Authority, all airports including private airports and fixed-base operations (FBOs) shall be closed to incoming international flights carrying any visitor.
- All sea ports shall be closed to regional and international seafaring and private boating.
- No visitor shall be permitted to enter and disembark for any reason, including transiting through The Bahamas.
- NOTE: The travel restriction above does not apply to a) Outgoing flights or outgoing ships, as the case may be; b) Cargo flights or cargo ships, as the case may be; c) Commercial courier flights; d) Emergency medical flights; and e) Emergency flights approved by the Civil Aviation Authority.
- Restriction on Domestic Travel: No person shall offer for hire or seek to travel on any a) mail boat, sailing inter island, except for transport of freight; or b) inter- island private commercial sea transport, provided that the Competent Authority may vary any of the requirements above by Order.
- Closure of Occasional Markets (e.g., Fish Fry) and ALL Public Beaches.
The well-being, safety and health of you – our guests – our Tourism colleagues, and our islands is our first priority in the Bahamas Out Islands. We therefore urge you, if you have not done so as yet, to postpone your travel plans to our Bahamas Out Islands until such time as you are advised by your country’s federal, state/provincial and/or local governments that it is safe to travel and we in The Bahamas are in a position to safely provide you with our warm, Bahamian hospitality.
Travel Flexibility and Support:
We understand the need for increased flexibility with travel planning right now. To assist our guests in their 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 Bahama Out Islands Promotion Board Support Team takes great pride in the role we play in the business of our hotel members and you, their guests. Rest assured that as circumstances continue to develop, one thing will remain constant: we will make our decisions with the health and well-being of you, our hotel members and our island communities as our highest priority.
The Bahama Out Islands Promotion Board Support Team