Like travel to most places in the world right now, booking a flight to The Bahamas does come with its rules and regulations. Luckily, the island has one of the easiest-to-follow tourism websites we've seen this year. Here's what you need to know before you book your next beach vacation in the Caribbean.
Everyone travelling to The Bahamas must come prepared with a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken no more than five days prior to arrival. The test must be uploaded online as part of the Bahamas Health Visa application and must also be presented in arrivals at the airport.
As part of the aforementioned visa, visitors will also have to opt-in to Covid-19 health insurance and pay a fee. Visas take at least 48 hours to process.
Anyone headed to The Bahamas (or travelling inter-island from Nassau & Paradise Island or Grand Bahama Island) and planning to stay longer than five days will need to take a rapid COVID-19 antigen test on the fifth day. And all visitors will have to fill out a health survey every day for the duration of their stay.
Note that different islands are in different phases of reopening: Some islands offer indoor dining, freedom to roam and open beaches, while other still have curfews, reduced beach and dining hours, and other restrictions in place that may interfere with your plans. In general, Grand Bahama Island, Nassau & Paradise Island, Abaco, Exuma and Eleuthera have more restrictions in place than other islands. Bahamas.com has an interactive guide where you can see the restrictions in place on each island.
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Remember, many countries are still warning against all non-essential travel and some are quarantining all overseas arrivals, including their own returning citizens. Check all the relevant restrictions before you think about travelling.