The Bahamas drops pre-departure test requirement and health visa

The Bahamas drops pre-departure test requirement and health visa

NASSAU —Effective June 19, 2022, fully vaccinated travellers heading to The Bahamas will no longer be required to submit to pre-travel COVID-19 testing to enter the country.

The announcement came yesterday from the government of The Bahamas.

The government also announced the elimination of the mandatory Bahamas Travel Health Visa, also effective June 19.

Unvaccinated travellers ages 2 and older will still be required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test — either a negative 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.

“The Bahamas is adapting to the continued evolution of this pandemic. We want to streamline the entry process for travellers as much as possible, all while ensuring we are protecting public health,” said I. Chester Cooper, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Investments & Aviation.

“We hope the changes to the pre-travel testing requirements combined with the elimination of the Travel Health Visa will reduce friction for travellers and further the recovery of our tourism sector,” he added.

Full details on The Bahamas’ current COVID-19 protocols for travellers can be found at Bahamas.com/travelupdates.