Bahamas will require a Covid test for all visitors, regardless of vaccine status

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T0809BAHBEACH_C_HR [Credit: Bahamas Ministry of Tourism]
The Bahamas updated its entry requirements for visitors, effective Aug. 6 Photo Credit: The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism

The Bahamas has reinstated mandatory Covid testing for all visitors, including vaccinated travelers.

Fully vaccinated travelers, as well as children from two to 11 years of age, are required to obtain a Covid-19 test (either a rapid antigen or a PCR test) taken no more than five days prior to arrival. Vaccinated travelers should still provide proof of vaccination.

The new protocols take effect Aug. 6 but are waived for anyone who has already obtained a Bahamas Travel Health Visa in anticipation of imminent travel.

Requirements for unvaccinated visitors

In addition to obtaining a PCR test no more than five days prior to travel, unvaccinated travelers must take a rapid antigen test on day four if staying longer than five days and fill out a health questionnaire every day of their stay.

All children under the age of two are exempt from any testing requirements.

Travel within the Bahamas from Nassau and Paradise Island, Grand Bahama, Bimini, Exuma, Abaco and North and South Eleuthera, including Harbour Island, carries the same requirements as above for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.

Bahamian rules for cruise passengers

Guests on cruises that originate in and return to the Bahamas must apply for a Bahamas Travel Health Visa and follow the new testing requirements.

All travelers entering the Bahamas on cruises that originate in the U.S. are subject to the testing requirements mandated by the cruise line and approved by the government of the Bahamas, keeping in mind that cruise lines may have different requirements for vaccinated and unvaccinated passengers.

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