Update: New travel restrictions are in place for the Bahamas as of July 23.

The Bahamas will close its borders to travelers from the United States, among other countries, starting July 22.

The decision came less than three weeks after the country reopened its borders. 

In an address Sunday, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis, citing an uptick in cases on the islands since reopening its borders to international travel, said that the country would only allow commercial flights and vessels from Canada, the U.K. and the European Union.

Minnis said that Bahamasair would cease outgoing flights to the U.S., effective immediately. To accommodate visitors needing to leave the Bahamas after Wednesday, Minnis said that outgoing commercial flights would be permitted, as well as private flights and yachts.

Minnis said the Covid-19 situation in the Bahamas has "deteriorated since we opened our borders." He said that the number of deaths and confirmed cases of Covid-19 was highest in the Americas, including "some countries frequented by Bahamians."

He said that after two months of having no new Covid cases, a resurgence coincided with Bahamians returning to the Bahamas from abroad.

Beaches and parks on Grand Bahama and Paradise Island were to be closed, effective Monday.

Atlantis Paradise Island had announced an extended closure of the property due to the continuous rise of Covid-19 cases in key U.S. markets, according to Audrey Oswell, its president and managing director. Baha Mar doesn't plan to open until later this fall. 

Other Caribbean countries have rolled back plans for U.S. visitors or have imposed stringent testing requirements on U.S. visitors. Advisors with clients, meanwhile, have found it difficult to adhere to entry requirements because of slow or complex testing requirements in the U.S. 


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