After a phased opening in July, the Government of The Bahamas closed the islands’ borders in response to a rise in COVID-19 cases, to bring the infection rate under control and protect the health of locals and visitors.
Beginning October 15th, Grand Bahama Island will enter Phase 3 of The Bahamas’ Tourism Readiness & Recovery Plan, ahead of the busy holiday season. Beaches and major hotels will reopen across the island, with a 14-day (or length of stay) “Vacation in Place” (VIP) for all guests through October 31st. “Vacation in Place” (VIP) means that guests must remain on the hotel property, where all amenities, including hotel spas, gyms, bars and more will be accessible.
On November 1st, The Bahamas will remove the mandatory “VIP” requirement for all visitors, returning citizens and residents, which will allow everyone to explore and enjoy the island. Attractions, excursions and tours are also set to reopen on November 1st as part of the Phase 3 plan.
A variety of establishments on Grand Bahama Island are fully operational and eagerly awaiting visitors in order to display their special brand of island hospitality.
curfew is still in place from 10 PM to 5 AM, but social events such as Weddings
and Receptions are now allowed both outdoors and indoors as long as they are in
accordance with the guidelines and protocols set forth by the Ministry of
Health. This bodes well for guests who travel far and wide to the island
that has a reputation for romantic escapes and destination weddings.
the lockdown period, the International Airport at Freeport, which is in the
midst of a terminal expansion project, remained open and was fully operational,
receiving cargo, private flights, emergency and humanitarian flights. The
airport is now accepting international flights such as Silver Airways out of
Florida; American Airlines returned on October 8th. Bahamasair
has been in operation domestically, but they are yet to announce when they will
resume international flights.
Ministry of Tourism continues to work closely with the Ministry of Health to
establish and evaluate protocols and timelines with respect to the RT-PCR testing
in advance of travel and curb any potential spread of the virus.
reminder, the Bahamian government’s new entry requirements for visitors, which
came into effect on September 1st. 2020, include:
Negative COVID-19 PCR Test Results no more than seven days prior to travel to The BahamasUpon receipt of your COVID-19 test results, travelers must submit them at travel.gov.bs/international in order to receive a Bahamas Travel Health Visa, which will be issued shortly after the submission of test resultsValid Passport Bahamas Travel Health Visa – the cost will be determined by the length of stayMandatory “Vacation in Place” (VIP) – for 14 days or until November 1st – at a hotel, private club or rented accommodations (like Airbnb), as well as on a private boat.
only applicants who are not required to provide a COVID-19 test are:
Children under the age of ten (10)Pilots and crew who remain overnight in The Bahamas.
addition to the above protocols, a rapid antigen test will be conducted upon
arrival, and then again four days (96 hours) after arrival in The Bahamas. The
rapid tests are quick and easy with the results being provided electronically
in less than 20 minutes. All visitors who are leaving on “Day Five” of their
visit will not be required to take the second test. The cost of the rapid
tests on and after arrival will be included in the cost of the visa.
All persons arriving by yachts or other pleasure crafts
will be able to make arrangements for their mandatory rapid tests at the port
It is recommended that all travelers interested in visiting The Bahamas review requirements applicable to each member of their party before booking a trip, to determine what steps need to be taken to be granted entry.
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