Effective June 19th, international visitors to The Bahamas will no longer need to apply for a Bahamas Travel Health Visa in order to enter the country. Still, all unvaccinated travelers ages 2 and older will be required to obtain either a negative COVID RT-PCR test or a Rapid Antigen test taken no more than three days (72 hours) prior to travel and present the negative test results at check-in before travel to The Bahamas.
Fully vaccinated travelers will no longer be required to submit to pre-travel COVID-19 test results to enter the country.
“The discontinuation of the Travel Health Visa is yet another signal to the international community that we are open for business,” said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Investments & Aviation Chester Cooper.
“Throughout the pandemic, we have remained committed to evaluating protocols and adjusting requirements to reflect the current environment. We acknowledge that the Travel Health Visa was a burden for travelers, and we are pleased to be able to eliminate it.”
While the streamlined entry protocols are a welcome change, the health and safety of all citizens, residents and visitors remain the priority. All travelers must follow on-island guidelines for mask wearing and social distancing.
For full details on The Bahamas’ current COVID-19 protocols for travelers, please visit Bahamas.com/travelupdates.
Photo: Cave complex on Crooked Island, Bahamas photo © Loren Moss