New procedures for inbound travel to Bahamas

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Procedures for all tourists and health tourists visiting The Bahamas beginning July include that all incoming visitors must present a COVID-19 RT-PCR Negative (Swab) Test upon arrival. Results must be no more than ten days old.

The Bahamas gets most visitors from the USA and Canada, and had hoped to re-open with less stringent rules, but with the high infection rate in the USA, the government has backtracked on previous announcements.

All travellers will be required to complete an electronic health visa. No quarantine will be required upon arrival.

All inter-island travellers must complete an electronic domestic travel form prior to departure and for any inter-island travel within The Bahamas.

At airports and seaports, healthcare personnel will conduct temperature screenings for all incoming visitors. Travellers will be required to wear a facemask in any situation where it is necessary to enforce physical distancing guidelines, such as when entering and transiting air and sea terminals, while navigating security and customs screenings, and at baggage claim.

Hotels and vacation rentals are now open while domestic and international airlines are permitted to resume service.

Once on the islands, travellers should expect to follow The Bahamas’ Healthy Traveller Campaign that encourages both visitors and residents to continue practicing social distancing measures, regularly wash hands or use hand sanitisers, and pack appropriate PPE such as face masks, just as they would their swimsuits and sunscreen.

A Certification Agency has been established – a collaboration between the Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Health, and other regulatory agencies – to enforce a Clean & Pristine certification programme across the islands.

All tourism and health tourism related, customer-facing entities in The Bahamas must verify they have in place and are adhering to the government approved health and safety guidelines to receive Clean & Pristine certification.