Monday 26 October, 2020

Health visa needed for travel to The Bahamas

Travelers to The Bahamas must complete a Bahamas Health Visa application and present a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test with a sample taken within 10 days of arrival.

The Ministry of Health said effective immediately, all travelers will be required to complete an electronic Bahamas Health Visa application before departure from the place of embarkation.

This can be found at travel.gov.bs. Travelers are required to upload a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test and provide contact information.

The Government of The Bahamas will accept the negative COVID-19 RT-PCR (swab) test if the sample was taken within 10 ten days of arrival. Tests over 10 days old will not be accepted.

An automated response will be provided once the application is completed. The only persons approved to travel are those who have received a green color-coded response, as proof of approval. This confirmation must be presented upon arrival in The Bahamas.

The Health Visa application process will take 24 to 48 hours and should be completed with adequate lead time, the Ministry said. 

Failure to comply with the stated requirements will result in denied entry.

It is recommended that all travelers interested in visiting The Bahamas review requirements applicable to each member of their traveling party at www.bahamas.com/travelupdates before booking a trip.

For more information, or to view the Tourism Readiness and Recovery Plan, please visit www.bahamas.com/travelupdates. You may also contact the Ministry of Tourism COVID-19 travel hotline at (242) 502-0829 Monday to Friday, 8 AM – 6 PM, or via email at contactusteam@bahamas.com.

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