Beginning October 15, The Bahamas will enter Phase 3 of the Tourism Readiness & Recovery Plan ahead of the busy holiday season, which will include the reopening of beaches and major hotels.
Minister of Tourism & Aviation Dionisio D’Aguilar announced that all hotel guests must abide by a 14-day Vacation-In- Place (VIP), which will allow guests access to all amenities, including hotel spas, gyms, bars and more.
Additionally, Phase 3 will also see the reopening of attractions, excursions and tours on November 1.
Ahead of the reopening, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation is working with airline partners to secure direct airlift from key markets where the curve has been flattened. Additionally, the Ministry’s communication team is prepared to commence an agile marketing campaign, complete with authentic storytelling and aggressive PR and sales strategies, leaning into current travel trends, such as the preference for vacations closer to home, as well as options that afford seclusion and outdoor pursuits.
Following the move into Phase 3, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation along with the Ministry of Health and other government agencies will recommend an appropriate date to enter Phase 4, which pertains to the reopening of vendors, select attractions, casinos, cruises and ferries.
Effective, September 1, 2020, the Bahamian government announced new entry requirements, including:
• Approved Bahamas Health Visa available at travel.gov.bs
• Mandatory 14-day Vacation-In-Place (VIP) Experience at a hotel, private club or
rented accommodations (like Airbnb), as well as on a private boat.
• Proof of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken no more than five (5) days prior to arrival
Children under the age of ten, pilots and crew who remain overnight in The Bahamas do not require a covid test.