No more 14-day quarantine for travelers
Updated: Nov 18, 2020
Beginning November 1, The Bahamas will remove the mandatory “Vacation in Place” requirement for all visitors, returning citizens and residents, enabling everyone to move about beyond the confines of their hotel or other accommodations.
The decision to axe the mandatory quarantine is the result of dismal visitor arrivals in recent months. The Ministry of Tourism has reported a significant decrease in tourists visiting the Bahamas, citing the mandatory 14-day quarantine. The ministry tried to rebrand the quarantine as Vacation In Place (VIP) but the concept fell flat.
Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) also complained of embarrassingly low traffic at Lynden Pindling International Airport, which it attributed to the quarantine policy, which would require guests to remain in their hotels for 14 days or for the entirety of their trip if shorter than two weeks.
“The new protocols will require visitors, and returning citizens and residents to obtain a swab test no more than seven days prior to travel,” according to the Ministry of Tourism.
The name and address of the lab, where the test was performed, must be clearly displayed on the test result, children under the age of ten, pilots and crew of commercial airlines, who remain overnight in The Bahamas, are exempt from obtaining the RT-PCR test.
“To ensure that travelers remain COVID free, all persons entering The Bahamas, at an approved Port of Entry, will receive a Rapid COVID-19 antigen test,” the ministry said in a statement.
American Airlines has indicated that, beginning in late October, it will provide each passenger traveling to The Bahamas from Miami with a Rapid COVID-19 antigen test before boarding the plane.
These passengers, along with the passengers of any other airlines wishing to provide a similar service, will not be required to complete the Rapid Test upon arrival in The Bahamas.
All persons who are staying longer than four nights and five days, will be required to take a second Rapid COVID-19 antigen test.
“All persons on yachts and other pleasure craft will be able to make arrangements for their required rapid tests at the port of entry or via the relevant website,” tourism officials said.