As June starts to come to a close, tourists can get excited knowing the Bahamas is set to officially reopen on July 1st. The country is set to welcome visitors back again after closing during the pandemic. However, traveling will be a little different now.
The Bahamas recently announced that in addition to new airport guidelines, visitors will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 test before they will be allowed to enter. Here is everything tourists will have to do in order to visit the Bahamas.
Negative COVID-19 Test
All visitors will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 test before they will be allowed entry. The test must be a COVID-19 RT-PCR test, also known as the swab test. It cannot be a rapid response test. The results must be no more than 10 days old. Tests must be done prior to arriving in the Bahamas.
Electronic Health Visa
Once you have your negative test results, visitors will have to fill out an electronic health visa. This digital form collects basic information that will allow the government to trace visitors in case there are any outbreaks. It also features a spot for tourists to upload their negative results.
You can find the health form here: https://travel.gov.bs/international
There will be no quarantine required upon arrival, however, if travelers show any COVID-19 symptoms they may be transferred away from other passengers for further testing and evaluation. This can happen even if tourists have a negative test result.
The Bahamas has already implemented a number of health and safety protocols in their airports. All airports and seaports will now conduct temperature screenings for all incoming visitors. Certain health protocols such as requiring a face mask in certain areas will also be in place.
All tourists hoping to visit the Bahamas should follow these steps! Please remember to reschedule your trip and stay home if you show any symptoms or have been in contact with someone that has tested positive for COVID-19.