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Americans can now travel to the Bahamas as long as they follow certain guidelines

Expect a 14-day quarantine following a negative COVID-19 test.

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Sarah Medina
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UPDATE (8/3): American citizens are now allowed to travel to the Bahamas but will have to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, either within a private residence or in a rented accommodation "where the person can quarantine in an unoccupied bedroom with its own connected bathroom." You'll have to register where you intend to quarantine with the Ministry of Health for approval and download an app that will allow for easier contact tracing.

Travelers will also have to apply for a Bahamas health visa and show a negative COVID-19 test result that was taken within 10 days of arrival. Needless to say, failure to obey by the newest guidelines could potentially result in deportation.

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More than three months after the Bahamas implemented its travel ban, the islands starting reopening June 15. As part of the phased opening, the islands welcomed private yachts and planes on June 15 before opening for commercial tourism on July 1. 

UPDATE (7/20): Initially, Americans were allowed to enter the Bahamas along with everyone else at the beginning of the month, but on Sunday—three weeks after tourism opened again—Prime Minister Hubert Minnis announced that U.S. travelers will now be barred from entering the islands effective Wednesday, July 22 at midnight due to surging number of cases in the USA. 

The situation in the Bahamas has deteriorated "at an exponential rate since we reopened our international borders" said Minnis, before also announcing that the country's national airline will stop flying to the United States immediately.

Flights from Canada, the United Kingdom, and the European Union will still be allowed to enter the Bahamas, but visitors will be required to show a negative test. Private boats, yachts and private aviation from the U.S. will also still be permitted. 

As part of the reopening plan, the Caribbean country mandated that shuttle and taxi drivers cut passenger capacity by 50 percent and bar travelers from sitting in the front passenger seat. At hotels, employees are subject to temperature checks and will distribute hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes to guests. Elevator capacity will also be limited. Buffets will not reopen and any restaurant staff will be required to wear masks and gloves at all times. Beach access is open to all tourists, but beach chairs are required to be arranged six feet apart to maintain social distance guidelines.

While tourists will be allowed to leave their hotels for excursions, stores are limiting the number of customers allowed inside, and touching of merchandise is highly discouraged unless you’re ready to purchase.

If you still want to head to the Caribbean, these islands are still allowing Americans to visit—for now.  

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