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Visitors to the Bahamas Won't Have to Quarantine Upon Arrival Starting Nov. 1

Date Posted: 2020-10-12
Source: Travel & Leisure

Editor's Note: Our team is awaiting specifics on the rapid test that will be approved so we can inform boaters should they wish to also travel with the approved test on their vessels. Please visit the website for the Association of Bahamas Marinas for additional details.

Travelers to the Bahamas will be allowed to skip the islands’ mandatory quarantine starting Nov. 1 if they continually prove they are negative for COVID-19, the Ministry of Tourism & Aviation confirmed to Travel + Leisure on Friday. 

The new protocols will allow visitors to freely roam the islands if they obtain a negative PCR test no more than seven days before traveling, and then get a rapid antigen test upon arrival and another four days after that. Travelers will also need to apply for a Bahamas Health Travel Visa, which includes the cost of rapid tests.

Children 10 years old and younger will not need to get tested.

“We are making changes to our travel and testing protocols in order to give our visitors a better and more seamless vacation experience,” Minister of Tourism Dionisio D’Aguilar told T+L. “We want everyone to enjoy The Bahamas thoroughly and with peace of mind. These new steps will allow us to closely monitor and respond to any potential spread of the virus, while our visitors can continue to have the authentic Bahamian experience they know and love. With 16 islands to choose from, many that offer natural seclusion, we have something for everyone and look forward to welcoming travelers back to our shores.”

Before that, starting Oct. 15, visitors can “Vacation in Place” for 14 days (or less if their trip is shorter), taking advantage of the Bahamas’ pristine beaches and gorgeous surroundings from its over-the-top resort buyouts to sweet boutique hotels (and even the concept of an ultra-luxurious private island retreat). In that case, travelers will have to get a PCR test prior to arrival and remain in their hotels, but can use all the amenities and resort facilities.

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