If you’re a vaccinated traveler, taking a trip to the Bahamas has just gotten a whole lot easier! Recently, The Bahamas announced that they have waived the testing requirements for vaccinated travelers. You’ll need to have received your second dose of the vaccine at least 2 weeks prior to your travel dates. You will be able to complete the requirements online before arrival. The news is encouraging for all of our guests planning their travel. The Bahamas Travel website is a great resource with up-to-date information. Vaccinated travelers go through a streamlined process.
Fully Vaccinated Travelers
Effective May 1, 2021, visitors traveling to The Bahamas from other countries who are fully vaccinated and have passed the two-week immunity period will be exempted from COVID-19 testing requirements for entry and inter-island travel.
The Bahamas Government is only accepting vaccinations by Moderna, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca at this time. Besides those, visitors who have received non-approved vaccines must follow the same protocols as unvaccinated travelers.
Unvaccinated travelers entering The Bahamas and/or those traveling inter-island from Nassau & Paradise Island or Grand Bahama Island must obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR (swab) test taken no more than 5 days prior to the date of arrival. Test must return a negative result for entry into The Bahamas.
The Bahamas still requires all unvaccinated and vaccinated travelers to apply for a Bahamas Travel Health Visa. This includes visitors, returning citizens and residents arriving via commercial flights, as well as by private planes, private boats, yachts or pleasure craft. You will upload your required documentation on their website. The approval decision can take several days, so make sure to have enough lead time.
It’s such a relief to know that things seem to be moving in the right direction and we should be able to get back to our normal routines soon. Vaccinated travelers are one step closer to putting the pandemic in the rear-view mirror. Stay safe, stay healthy, and we look forward to meeting you again in the Bahamas!