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Is The Bahamas Open for Travel? – Bahamas Travel Restrictions

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Last update: 4/11/2021

The Bahamas has been open to tourists since July 1, 2020. Currently, travelers from all countries can visit The Bahamas. However, like many other countries that are open for tourism, The Bahamas entry requirements are subject to frequent change.

On November 1st, the mandatory quarantine restriction was dropped, so now there is no need to quarantine upon arrival. Nevertheless, all travelers must get a Travel Health Visa and present proof of a negative PCR COVID test taken within 5 days of their date of arrival in The Bahamas.

Additionally, effective November 14th, all travelers need to have travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage. Finally, all travelers who are staying in The Bahamas for more than five days have to take a rapid COVID-19 antigen test at the airport.

Currently, there are some restrictions on inter-island travel and a few curfews in place in The Bahamas. Therefore, we recommend staying on the same island for the duration of your trip.

Can I travel to The Bahamas right now?

Travelers from any country can visit The Bahamas right now. Below is a map of all the countries that can currently visit The Bahamas.

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Tourists from any country can enter The Bahamas.

The Bahamas does not currently ban travelers from any country.

The Bahamas COVID-19 travel restrictions

The Bahamas has several entry requirements in place for the many travelers it is welcoming from all over the world.

All travelers must have a negative PCR COVID test from no more than 5 days before their arrival in The Bahamas. They will also need to get a Travel Health Visa and a COVID-19 travel insurance.

Is PCR testing mandatory to travel to The Bahamas?

A negative PCR COVID test is mandatory to be able to travel to The Bahamas. All travelers must obtain their negative test result 5 days or fewer before their date of arrival in The Bahamas.

Only children who are 10 years of age or younger and crew of commercial airlines who are staying overnight in The Bahamas are exempt from testing. The negative test result needs to be uploaded in order to complete the Travel Health Visa application.  Evidence of a negative test result should also be presented upon boarding your flight.

Additionally, if you are traveling from New Providence (Nassau) and one of its surrounding islands and cays to another island, you will have to take a PCR test and obtain a negative result before you travel to the other island.

Do I need to complete a Travel Health Visa application to enter The Bahamas?

Yes, you must complete a Travel Health Visa application online to enter The Bahamas. You must obtain a negative PCR COVID test result prior to completing your application because you will have to upload evidence of your negative result in the application.

The Bahamas COVID-19 travel restrictions

Do I need to complete a Travel Health Visa application to enter The Bahamas?

When you are completing the application, you must opt-in to COVID-19 health insurance that covers you during your stay in The Bahamas. The cost of this insurance is included in the application fee, and the overall application fee is based on the length of your stay in The Bahamas.

The Travel Health Visa application should be completed plenty of time before your flight, as applications can take up to 72 hours to process. You will receive a confirmation of your visa by email. All travelers must have this confirmation email on hand for arrival in The Bahamas. For more information on the Travel Health Visa, visit The Bahamas Travel Compliance Unit website.

Is there a mandatory quarantine upon arrival in The Bahamas?

No, as of November 1st, there is no mandatory quarantine upon arrival in The Bahamas. You will only have to quarantine if you test positive for COVID-19 while in The Bahamas or exhibit symptoms.

Is COVID-19 health insurance mandatory to enter The Bahamas?

Yes, COVID-19 health insurance is absolutely mandatory to enter The Bahamas. Luckily, it’s easy to obtain.

All you need to do is opt-in to COVID-19 health insurance when you are filling out your Travel Health Visa application; you MUST opt-in in order to have your visa application approved. The cost of this health insurance is included in the fee for your Travel Health Visa application.

If you are concerned about coverage, I suggest complementing the mandatory insurance with a Heymondo travel insurance policy that provides comprehensive coverage.

COVID-19 vaccine to travel to the Bahamas

Although COVID-19 vaccine distribution has begun in most countries around the world, the government has not yet confirmed whether it will be mandatory to present a proof of vaccine record (POVR) or an international certificate of vaccination or prophylaxis (ICVP) to enter the Bahamas.

If you’re going to get the COVID-19 vaccine before traveling to The Bahamas, I recommend taking a copy of a vaccination record or certificate with you in case The Bahamas changes its entry requirements.

Other travel restrictions for The Bahamas during COVID-19

The Bahamas has instituted several regulations for travelers once they arrive:

  • Travelers from all countries should expect to have their temperatures checked on arrival.
  • Any traveler exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms at any point during their stay will have to take a Rapid Antigen Test. If they test positive, they will then have to take PCR COVID test.
  • Any traveler who is staying in The Bahamas for more than four nights or five days must take a Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Test. Test results will be available in 60 minutes or less via text message and email. (Travelers who are departing on or before 5 days will not have to take this test.)
  • There are some specific restrictions depending on the island of The Bahamas you’re visiting.
  • There are some restrictions on traveling between different islands in The Bahamas.
  • Face masks must be worn in all public places.
  • Social distancing rules must be observed.
  • Depending on your nationality, you may need a tourist visa to visit The Bahamas. Check if you need one below.

Which Island in The Bahamas is best to visit right now?

Currently, all islands in The Bahamas are open to tourism. However, restrictions vary from one island to another. Unfortunately, the most popular islands in The Bahamas, Nassau & Paradise Island, Eleuthera, and The Exumas, are the ones with the most COVID-19 cases and most restrictions.

However, this is the perfect opportunity to discover more secluded islands in The Bahamas.

San Salvador is the best island in The Bahamas to visit right now. There are not many restrictions, and its airport, San Salvador Airport, is quite big, so you can easily find commercial flights that arrive there.

There is no curfew in place, so tourists have the freedom to explore the island at any time. Beaches and parks are open, as well as indoor dining options, so you can enjoy an unforgettable vacation here.

If you’re looking for accommodation in San Salvador, we recommend staying at The Sands Hotel or at Villa Isoela.

Acklins & Crooked Island are some of the best islands to visit in The Bahamas right now. Tourists can explore the islands freely because there is not a curfew in place.

Beaches are open without restrictions, so it can be a great destination if you’re looking for safety and quiet. Chester’s Bonefishing Lodge is open and accepting guests.

Flying into Spring Point Airport is the easiest way to get there.

The Abacos include some of the most popular islands in The Bahamas and are welcoming tourists, but these safety measures are in place:

  • Beaches and parks are open from 5 AM to 10 PM.
  • Excluding Green Turtle Cay, Grand Cay, Man-O-War Cay and Elbow Cay, there is a daily curfew in place from 10 PM to 5 AM.
  • Outdoor dining, curbside pickup, delivery, drive-thru, and takeaway options are available Monday to Saturday from 6 AM to 9 PM. On Sunday, drive-thrus, takeaway, and outdoor dining are permitted from 6 AM to 9 PM. Indoor dining is not operating.
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  • Some accommodations are open on Abaco Island, like the Mermaid Reef Villa.

The easiest way to get to the Abacos is by flying into Leonard M Thompson International Airport (Marsh Harbour) or into Treasure Cay Airport.

Grand Bahama Island is one of the best connected islands in The Bahamas (thanks to Grand Bahama International Airport) and is open for tourists. However, the following restrictions are in place:

 

Bimini is one of the safest islands to visit in The Bahamas. Due to the low number of coronavirus cases, there is no curfew in place and tourists can explore the island freely.

Beaches and parks are open, as well as indoor dining options.

If you’re looking for accommodation in Bimini, the House of Love II is open again and accepting guests.

It’s also easy to get to this island, since commercial flights land at its airport, the South Bimini Airport.

Cat Island is another quiet island in The Bahamas you can visit during the COVID-19 pandemic. There is no curfew in place and tourists can explore the island freely.

Beaches and parks are open, as well as indoor dining options.

If you’re looking for accommodation on Cat Island, we recommend staying at the Greenwood Beach Resort or the Rollezz Villas Beach Resort.

Andros is another good Bahamas island to visit during the pandemic. There is no curfew in place and tourists have the freedom to explore the island.

Beaches and parks are open, as well as indoor dining options.

If you’re looking for accommodation on Andros, we recommend staying at the Hill Top Suites.

The Berry Islands are the safest islands to visit in The Bahamas. Due to the low number of coronavirus cases, there is no curfew in place and tourists can explore the island freely.

Beaches and parks are open, as well as indoor dining options.

If you’re visiting the Berry Islands, I recommend staying at Chub Cay Resort & Marina.

Long Island is another good place to travel in The Bahamas now and it’s open to tourists.

No curfew is in place and travelers can explore the island freely.

Both beaches and restaurants are open.

Some hotels are also accepting guests, such as Greenwich Creek Lodge.

Nassau & Paradise Island are the most popular islands in The Bahamas, but they also have some of the toughest restrictions:

The Lynden Pindling International Airport is the largest airport in The Bahamas and has travel connections to 39 destinations. You will find many cheap flights there, but bear in mind that if you want to travel from Nassau and its surrounding islands and cays to another island, you will need to undergo a PCR test, obtain a negative result, and complete a domestic health travel visa. You will also need to undergo monitoring by self-reporting for 14 days or the duration of your stay, whichever is shorter.

 

Eleuthera used to be one of the most restricted islands, but many of those restrictions have been lifted. However, there are still a few safety measures in place for Eleuthera:

  • There is a daily curfew from 10 PM to 5 AM.
  • Beaches are open daily from 5 AM to 10 PM (groups limited to 5 people)
  • Indoor and outdoor dining is permitted. The maximum seating in a restaurant must be 50% of the maximum occupancy.
  • Some hotels are open in Eleuthera. Valentines Resort & Marina, Cape Eleuthera Resort & Marina, and Pink Sands Resort are some of the best options.

Like Eleuthera, the Exumas used to have some of the toughest restrictions in The Bahamas. Although many of these restrictions have been lifted, there are still a few in place:

  • There is a daily curfew from 10 PM to 5 AM.
  • Beaches are open daily from 5 AM to 10 PM.
  • Restaurants are open for both indoor and outdoor dining, but are operating at a maximum of 50% of their normal capacity.
  • If you’re looking for places to stay, I recommend Paradise Bay Bahamas, Kahari Resort and Peace and Plenty Resort.
 

What’s open in The Bahamas

With The Bahamas opening up for international tourism, hotels, resorts, restaurants, and attractions have all started to reopen too, albeit with increased health and safety regulations.

Hotels and resorts that are open in The Bahamas

Rest assured that there are plenty of places for you to stay in The Bahamas right now. The Islands of The Bahamas website has a list of hotels and resorts that have been certified as “Clean and Pristine” by The Bahamas’ Clean and Pristine Certification Agency, which means that these accommodations adhere to the Bahamian government’s health and safety regulations for tourist operators.

Hotel surfaces, particularly high-contact ones, are frequently cleaned and disinfected. Hotel staff has been trained in the proper health and safety regulations, including social distancing, cleaning and disinfecting, and mask wearing.

Guests at hotels must keep a distance of 6 feet or more from people who are not in their travel group. They must also sanitize their hands at reception when they enter the hotel and if they are exchanging objects with hotel staff. A maximum of 4 people is allowed in a hotel elevator at a time. Hotel reception has gloves, face masks, and sanitizer on hand for any guests who need them. More information on hotel regulations is available here.

Beaches that are open in The Bahamas

As a haven for tropical vacations, The Bahamas has, of course, opened its beaches to international tourists. As we have seen, regulations for beaches depend on whether they are located in the First Schedule group of islands or the Second Schedule group of islands. Eleuthera, Exuma, and Grand Bahama have their own regulations. However, no matter which beach you visit, you must wear a mask when you are entering and exiting the beach. (You do not have to wear a mask on the beach.)

Is The Bahamas Open for Travel?

Beaches that are open in The Bahamas

First Schedule islands are: Acklins, Andros, Berry Islands, Bimini, Cat Island, Chub Cay, Crooked Island, Elbow Cay, Exuma Cays, Inagua, Mayaguana, Grand Bahama, Grand Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Harbour Island, Long Cay, Long Island, Man-O-War Cay, Ragged Island, Rum Cay, San Salvador, and Spanish Wells. All beaches on these islands are open. Beaches on Grand Bahama are open from 5 AM to 8 PM.

Second Schedule islands are: The Abacos (excluding Green Turtle Cay, Grand Cay, Man-O-War Cay, and Elbow Cay), New Providence-Nassau (including Rose Island), and Paradise Island. All beaches on these islands are open, but no more than 5 people may gather in a group; beaches will be monitored to ensure this rule is being followed.

Beaches on Eleuthera and Exuma are open daily from 5 AM to 10 PM. No more than 5 people may gather in a group.

More information on beach regulations can be found here.

Attractions that are open in The Bahamas

The Bahamas has a lot more to offer than just beaches; there are plenty of water sports, tours, and attractions on the islands to keep you busy. Activities, tours, and attractions have started to open up but can only open if they follow the health and safety standards set by the Bahamian government.

All attractions and tours will have set a maximum for their number of guests, so it’s probably a good idea to book your tours and attractions in advance. Staff has been trained in all hygiene and safety measures. Guests will be emailed all the safety measures they need to follow for the tour/attraction/activity before they arrive, although they will also be informed of safety measures when they check in.

Guests must stay 6 feet apart from people not in their family group for the duration of their tour. They must also wear face masks at all times until they reach an area (beach, water) where they can safely remove it. Guests must sanitize their hands before, during, and after their tour.

More information on regulations for tours and attractions can be found here.

Restaurants that are open in The Bahamas

There’s nothing better than trying local cuisine when you’re traveling. Luckily, there are plenty of restaurants in The Bahamas that have delicious food and are open now.

As we have seen, different islands have different regulations for restaurants. However, no matter which island you’re on, you should always wear a mask when you enter and exit a restaurant.

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Restaurants that are open in The Bahamas

For First Schedule islands, all restaurants are operating at 50% of their normal capacity. Tables are arranged to be 6 feet away from each other. All staff must wear masks and sanitize tables, chairs, and anything touched by patrons.

For Second Schedule islands, restaurants can operate from Monday to Saturday from 6 AM to 9 PM using curbside pickup, delivery, drive thru, takeaway, and outdoor dining. Restaurants are open on Sundays from 6 AM to 9 PM for drive thru, takeout, and outdoor dining only. All patrons must social distance from others.

More information on restaurant regulations can be found here, here, and here.

Airports that are open in The Bahamas

Because The Bahamas consists of so many different islands and cays, the country has many different airports. The three largest international airports are Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau, Exuma International Airport in Exuma, and Grand Bahama International Airport in Freeport, all of which are currently open.

Travelers must wear face masks, social distance, and sanitize their hands at all airports. They may also be subject to temperature checks.

Curfew in The Bahamas

Some islands in The Bahamas are currently subject to curfews. It is unclear how long these curfews will be in place, but as long as they are in place, you must abide by them.

For New Providence (Nassau) and its surrounding islands and cays, including Paradise Island, and Abaco Island and its surrounding islands and cays, excluding Green Turtle Cay, Grand Cay, Man o War Cay, and Elbow Cay, the daily curfew is from 10 PM to 5 AM.

On Grand Bahama Island, the daily curfew is from 10 PM to 5 AM too.

Also, on Eleuthera Island (mainland only, excluding Spanish Wells and Harbour Island) and Exuma (Great Exuma and Little Exuma), the daily curfew is from 10 PM to 5 AM.

Where to get a pcr test in the bahamas

Your country may require you to take a PCR test in order to fly back home. If you need to get tested in The Bahamas, here is a list of places you can get a PCR test.

The Bahamas reopening to tourism – F.A.Q.

Check out these FAQs related to The Bahamas reopening for tourists and let us know if you have any other questions in the comments below.

Yes, you can travel to The Bahamas right now, no matter which country you’re from.

There are currently 1,200+ active cases and 170+ deaths due to COVID-19 in The Bahamas as of today. The CDC classifies travel to The Bahamas as “Level 3- High Risk.” If you have a pre-existing condition or any health condition that could increase your chances of serious illness, avoid traveling to The Bahamas.

No, all countries can currently visit The Bahamas.

No, there is currently no quarantine requirement in place to enter The Bahamas. However, any traveler who tests positive for COVID-19 or starts exhibiting symptoms will have to quarantine.

Yes, everyone who is over the age of 10 must obtain a negative PCR COVID-19 test from 5 days or fewer before their date of arrival in The Bahamas. The negative test result is mandatory for completing the Travel Health Visa application and must also be presented in order to board your flight.

Additionally, if you are traveling from New Providence (Nassau) and its surrounding islands and cays (including Paradise Island) to any other Bahamian island, you must take a PCR test and obtain a negative result before you travel to the other island.

Yes, there is a curfew in place on some islands in The Bahamas.

For New Providence (Nassau) and its surrounding islands and cays, including Paradise Island, and Abaco Island and its surrounding islands and cays, excluding Green Turtle Cay, Grand Cay, Man o War Cay, and Elbow Cay, the daily curfew is from 10 PM to 5 AM.

On Grand Bahama Island, the daily curfew is from 10 PM to 5 AM.

On Eleuthera Island (mainland only, excluding Spanish Wells and Harbour Island) and Exuma (Great Exuma and Little Exuma), the daily curfew is from 10 PM to 5 AM.

Yes, there are restrictions on inter-island travel. All travelers planning any inter-island travel must complete an online health application (select “Domestic”). They must also take a PCR test and obtain a negative result.

Tourists who are traveling inter-island from New Providence (Nassau) and its surrounding islands and cays (including Paradise Island) or from Exuma (Great Exuma and Little Exuma) to other islands will undergo monitoring by self-reporting through a daily health questionnaire for 14 days or the duration of their stay, whichever is shorter. They may also undergo monitoring by the Ministry of Health, by members of the COVID-19 Enforcement Unit, and by unscheduled visits from the Royal Bahamian Police Force.

However, any traveler who entered The Bahamas and is transiting through New Providence (Nassau) to another island in less than 24 hours does not need to complete a health application.

Yes, hotels in The Bahamas are currently open.

Yes, airports in The Bahamas are currently open.

Yes, restaurants are open in The Bahamas, but they are operating at 50% capacity on some islands.

Yes, some resorts are open in The Bahamas.

Yes, beaches are open in The Bahamas. On Grand Bahama, beaches are open daily from 5 AM to 8 PM. On Eleuthera and Exuma, beaches are open daily from 5 AM to 10 PM. Groups must be 5 people or smaller.

Yes, Americans can currently visit The Bahamas.

Yes, The Bahamas are open to Canadian tourists.

Sources

We will update this guide on The Bahamas reopening to tourism with any new developments. If you need more information on travel to The Bahamas, you can check these official sources:

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