While The Bahamas has eliminated many of its Covid restrictions for fully vaccinated travellers, travel restrictions remain in place for unvaccinated visitors. Here’s what you need to know if you plan to travel to The Bahamas for vacation.
Back in June, the Bahamas Government eliminated pre-travel Covid-19 testing to enter the country.
However, travellers will have to provide proof of vaccination before boarding their flight.
Unvaccinated travellers two-years-old and older are still required to have a negative Covid-19 test (either a negative RT-PCR test or a rapid anteing test) taken no more than 72 hours prior to travel.
They are also required to present those negative test results at check-in before travelling to The Bahamas.
Children under the age of two are not required to undergo Covid-19 testing.
I recently returned from a trip to The Bahamas and while the gate agent at Reagan International Airport asked me if I had proof of vaccination, they did not require that I show them my vaccination card.
After I arrived in The Bahamas and went through Customs and Immigration, no one asked to see proof of vaccination. However, I think it’s important that travellers have proof, just in case.
What To Expect While In The Bahamas
Visitors, particularly those from North America, may get a bit of a shock while in The Bahamas, Nassau, in particular. Most places still require their customers to wear a mask when entering their establishment.
Everyone is also required to sanitise their hands upon entry.
If you plan on eating inside of a restaurant, whether casual or fine dining, be prepared to show your vaccination card.
If you don’t produce your card, you will be forbidden from eating inside.
That was something I had to get used to, especially considering that in Washington, DC where I live, there are no such restrictions.
Because travel restrictions are fluid, it’s best to stay tuned in to The Bahamas’ Ministry of Tourism’s website for travel updates.
Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, The Bahamas has recorded more than 36,000 cases and more than 820 deaths.