The Bahamas is home to over 700 coral islands and about 30 being inhabited. The location, weather and attractions bring in millions of people every year. People travel to the Bahamas to enjoy the pristine beaches, breathtaking scenery and experience luxurious accommodations as well as various activities, such as fishing, scuba diving excursions and shopping.
Although the Bahamas is one of the best vacation destinations in the world, traveling here has been challenging during the pandemic. Like many other places around the globe, you must adhere to the requirements before entering. While here, you must continue to follow the safety protocols of the resorts, hotels and other public places like restaurants.
Pre-Departure and Arrival
If you want to travel to the Bahamas, it is crucial for unvaccinated individuals undergo the COVID-19 test and obtain a negative result. You must take the test five days prior to the arrival date. Children under the age of 12 do not need to take the test.
Additionally, you must upload the negative test results to streamline your health visa application. Once completed, you must present the health visa upon arrival in the country. Remember, if your test results are older than five days, the authorities will not let you enter the country.
Once you have entered the Bahamas, you must follow protocols. This includes wearing a face mask at entering and transiting terminals, custom screenings, security checkpoints and baggage claims. Please ensure you comply with all health monitoring processes and procedures.
If you have any COVID-19 symptoms during your stay, you must take a RT-PCR test and obtain a negative result before continuing your vacation. If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you will then have to follow the safety protocols and quarantine yourself to protect others from getting infected.
If you want to stay in the country for more than five days, you will need to take a rapid antigen test. On the other hand, you don’t need to undergo the antigen test if you depart the country in less than five days. The antigen test is easy and generates results in about one hour.
The Bahamas government requires tourists to wear face masks and maintain social distancing protocols in public places. For instance, you must wear a mask when traveling on a bus, taxi, standing in lines, entering or exiting a building including government offices, shopping centers, shops, restaurants, hotels, etc.
Bear in mind that some islands have established different orders such as curfews and reduced operating hours for businesses, restaurants and shops. Therefore, we recommend obtaining up-to-date information before traveling to a specific island.
Failure to Follow Protocol
The Bahamas government won’t allow travelers in who have failed to complete the health visa application process or presented negative RT-PCR test results. The authorities will transfer tourists to quarantine facilities for testing and further evaluation if they have COVID-19 symptoms. Note – if you fail to wear a mask, you may suffer one-month imprisonment and a $200 fine.
Are You Planning on Traveling to the Bahamas?
The Bahamas is a wonderful place to visit any time of the year. Obviously, we are still experiencing the effects of the pandemic so travel with caution. Have patience and a good understanding of the times we are in. You can still enjoy the fun in the sun but there may be some protocols you’ll need to abide by. Also, hotels and restaurants may be short-staffed so we recommend bringing your patience on the trip.
One of the biggest benefits in using a travel agent from Superior Cruise & Travel is that we will advise you from planning to booking. We’ll help you understand the most recent protocols and restrictions so you can relax. We are here to help you make a memorable trip! Call or email us and we’ll connect you with a seasoned travel agent today.