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Bahamas Covid Travel Restrictions for Spring 2022

The Bahamas is one of the most popular destinations in the Caribbean as it has relatively limited travel restrictions. Before flying or sailing to this island paradise, it is essential to know the latest Covid travel restrictions.

Bahamas Entry Requirements

There are several entry guidelines for vaccinated and unvaccinated visitors to the Bahamas. These requirements aren’t the most lenient among Caribbean destinations, but are more flexible than many international travel restrictions.

Bahamas Travel Health Visa

All travelers must complete an application for a travel medical visa. Parents or legal guardians can complete forms for children 17 or younger.

Incoming customers must complete this online form at least 24 hours prior to arrival to avoid processing delays.

The cost of the travel health visa depends on the length of stay but is usually between $40 and $60. Children 10 years of age or younger may be eligible for free medical visas.

This non-refundable fee also includes the cost of the compulsory Covid-19 travel insurance for the duration of the stay.

Tests before arrival

All tourists must upload a pre-arrival test no later than 72 hours before departure. The 3-day testing window applies to vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers.

Vaccinated adults ages 12 and older and children ages 2-11 can download either a rapid antigen test or an RT-PCR test.

Unvaccinated travelers 12 years of age or older must upload a negative Covid-19-RT-PCR test. Rapid testing is currently not an option for this travel group.

There are no testing requirements for children under two.

Inter-island testing requirements

As of April 2, 2022, the Bahamas no longer requires unvaccinated tourists to obtain a negative follow-up test before traveling to another island.

No quarantine period

There is currently no mandatory quarantine period for visitors and returning citizens with a negative pre-arrival test result.

Currently, the Bahamas has a CDC Level 1 coronavirus threat level of “low”. This is the lowest level of risk.

Mandate of the mask

Unlike the disappearing federal mask mandate in the United States, a public mask mandate in the Bahamas is still active for activities requiring close contact such as:

  • In commercial transit or in transport hubs
  • Traveling by taxi
  • Hotel check-in
  • Standing in line

Masks are optional on the beach, but social distancing is expected.

Summary

Entry requirements to the Bahamas are reasonable and easy to meet. Most people can enter by obtaining a travel visa and having a negative pre-arrival test. On the islands, it is essential to follow the local safety instructions.

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