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COVID-19 - Bahamas Entry Requirements

Updated: Nov 12

The Bahamas is currently open for tourism, but will be requiring all incoming visitors to “Vacation in Place” for 14 days or the duration of their stay, whichever is shorter.  Beginning November 1st though this mandatory requirement of “Vacation in Place” will be removed, but new restrictions will be put into place.  They are as follows: 


The new protocols will require visitors, and returning citizens and residents to obtain a RT-PCR (swab) test no more than seven (7) days prior to their travel to The Bahamas


In addition, and to ensure that travelers remain COVID free, a rapid antigen test will be conducted upon arrival, and then again four days (96 hours) after arrival in The Bahamas. Children ten (10) and under are exempt from taking a rapid antigen test.


Specifics are as follows:


Prior to Travel:

  • COVID-19 RT-PCR Test: All persons traveling to The Bahamas must obtain a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR (swab) test taken no more than seven (5) days prior to the date of arrival.  The name and address of the lab, where the test was performed, must be clearly displayed on the test result. Children ten (10) and under and pilots and crew of commercial airlines, who remain overnight in The Bahamas, are exempt from obtaining the RT-PCR test.

  • Bahamas Health Travel Visa:  Once in possession of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test, all travelers will then be required to apply for a Bahamas Health Travel Visa at travel.gov.bs (click on the International Tab) where the required test must be uploaded. The Travel Health Visa application takes up to 72 hours to process and should be completed with adequate lead time.

The cost of the visa will depend on the length of stay.


Upon Arrival

  • Day of Arrival (Day One): Rapid Test – All persons entering The Bahamas, at an approved Port of Entry, will receive a Rapid COVID-19 antigen test.

For more information about entry requirements to the Bahamas click here.


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