Bahamas Relaxes Travel Health Requirements

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The Bahamas government is eliminating another COVID requirement for international visitors. Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, June 19, 2022, a Bahamas Travel Health Visa will no longer be required for entry into the country. However, all travellers will continue to be required to submit a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours (three days) before to flying to The Bahamas.

“The discontinuation of the Travel Health Visa is yet another signal to the international community that we are open for business,”  stated  the Honourable I. Chester Cooper, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Investments, and Aviation. “Throughout the pandemic, we have remained committed to evaluating protocols and adjusting requirements to reflect the current environment. We acknowledge that the Travel Health Visa was a burden for travellers, and we are pleased to be able to eliminate it.”

While the streamlined admission requirements are a positive development, the health and safety of all citizens, residents, and visitors remain the first priority. In addition to having to test negative before travelling to The Bahamas, all visitors must also adhere to the island’s mask-wearing and social-distance regulations.

The following requirements apply to testing:

VACCINATED TRAVELLERS

A negative COVID-19 test (either a Rapid Antigen Test or RT-PCR Test —including PCR, NAA, NAAT, TMA, or RNA) taken no more than three days (72 hours) prior to the date of arrival in The Bahamas will be required of all fully vaccinated travellers from other countries to The Bahamas through Saturday, June 18, 2022.

Fully vaccinated travellers will no longer be required to submit to pre-travel COVID-19 testing from 19 June 2022. Instead, a valid vaccination certificate must be produced before to boarding a flight to The Bahamas.
No longer is COVID-19 testing necessary for inter-island (domestic) travel inside The Bahamas, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status (unvaccinated or fully vaccinated)

UNVACCINATED TRAVELERS

A negative COVID-19 RT-PCR Test (including PCR, NAA, NAAT, TMA or RNA) taken no more than three days (72 hours) before to the day of arrival is required for all unvaccinated travellers 12 years of age and older entering The Bahamas through June 18, 2022.
Through Saturday, June 18, 2022, unvaccinated children between the ages of 2 and 11 must receive a negative COVID-19 test (either a Rapid Antigen Test or RT-PCR Test) no more than three days (72 hours) prior to their date of arrival in The Bahamas.

Any testing requirements are waived for children under the age of two.

Regardless of COVID-19 immunisation status, COVID-19 testing is no longer necessary for inter-island travel within The Bahamas (unvaccinated or fully vaccinated).

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