More updates to The Bahamas’ testing and entry protocols

More updates to The Bahamas’ testing and entry protocols

NASSAU — The Bahamas has updated its entry protocols for both fully vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers.

In addition to pre-arrival testing requirements, the destination is now requiring all visitors remaining in The Bahamas for longer than 48 hours to undergo a rapid antigen test, regardless of vaccination status.

These latest updates come on the heels of news earlier this week about the destination’s new mandatory PCR testing for vaccinated travellers, effective Jan. 7. This new round of updates essentially replaces that previously announced mandate.

The latest protocol changes are as follows:

PRE-ARRIVAL

  • All those travelling to The Bahamas from other countries, whether fully vaccinated or unvaccinated, will be required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than three days (72 hours) prior to the date of arrival in The Bahamas.
  • Vaccinated travellers and children between the ages of 2-11 can present either a negative rapid antigen test of RT-PCR test.
  • All unvaccinated travellers ages 12 and older must present a negative RT-PCR test. Acceptable tests include NAAT, PCR, RNA, RT-PCR and TMA.
  • All children under the age of two are exempt from any testing requirements.

AFTER ARRIVAL

  • Effective Jan. 4, 2022, a rapid antigen test will be required for all travellers staying in The Bahamas longer than 48 hours (two nights), regardless of vaccination status.
  • Visitors departing on or before 48 hours will not be required to obtain this test.
  • This test replaces the existing Day-5 rapid antigen test.
  • An island-by-island list of approved testing sites is available at com/travelupdates.

For full details go to Bahamas.com/travelupdates.