Travel isn’t easy for anyone right now, and that’s particularly true for Americans. Just last week, the Bahamas was one of the few international destinations accepting American visitors, but a new covid-19 proclamation from the Bahamian Government will put an end to flights from the US, within a matter of hours. Yep, that trip to the Bahamas is probably now off, and it may be for quite a while.
Bahamas Covid-19 Travel Proclamation
The Bahamas will limit international flights from July 22nd, 2020 onward, until further notice. Notably, all direct flights from the United States to the Bahamas will be suspended. This includes services such as Bahamasair, and all US domestic carriers.
Only flights from the United Kingdom, Canada and the European Union will be allowed to land, but at the time of writing it’s unclear whether or not new visitors from these countries will be allowed, or whether the flights will simply ferry current visitors back to their place of origin.
All visitors and returning residents – aka everyone – will be required to present a negative covid-19 test, taken within 10 days of arrival, and must also submit a health visa if they wish to avoid quarantine. You can submit your health visa here, at the Bahamian Government Travel website.
The news is in response to “surging” cases, which sparked fear in the Bahamian Government over potential for hospitals and other essential services to become overrun.
Of the many draws to the Bahamas, beaches are certainly a key feature. In Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis’ address, the difficult decision was made to also close beaches both public and private in many main tourist hubs, including: New Providence, Paradise Island, Grand Bahama and surrounding cays.
This leaves just a few smaller cays, such as those in the Abacos, open to the potential of beach enjoyment, but will leave most travelers with little reason to visit, for the interim. Additionally, Arawak Cay and Potter’s Cay will also see the closure of all restaurants.
Grand Bahama will see even further restrictions, with the closure of all indoor dining, the requirement for masks to be worn in public and more. For most travelers, it may be best to put the Bahamas trip on hold.