Bahamas Reopen for Americans

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The Bahamas is again welcoming American tourists after it banned all American tourists from entering the island after the resurge of cases.

However, all travelers will have to quarantine for 14 days when arriving at the Bahamas or they will have to face deportation.

Quarantine Requirements

Visitors arriving at the Bahamas have the option to spend their two-week quarantine in a private residence. Or they can rent accommodation. Such as an Airbnb, where it’s possible to isolate in a bedroom with a connected bathroom. Travelers can also quarantine in a hotel room with a connected bathroom or on a private boat.

However, If travelers have not selected any facility to quarantine. Then they can spend two weeks in a government-mandated quarantine facility, at their own expense.

Rules for Entering Bahamas

Moreover, travelers must also apply for a Bahamas health visa. And they must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test result from a reliable lab. They test must be taken within 10 days of arrival. Children under the age of 10 and pilots and crew who stay overnight in the Bahamas need not provide a negative COVID-19 test.

Travelers will need to register where they intend to quarantine with the Ministry of Health for approval. And they must also download an app on their phones to assist with contact tracing. Refusing to download the app is another deportable offense.

However, after the 14-day quarantine period, travelers will have to undergo another COVID-19 test, which should be negative in order to leave quarantine. People who want to leave the country before the quarantine period ends can do so any time, without taking a COVID-19 test.

Once travelers get their results they are free to leave their quarantines, they’ll find beaches open, other than during weekend lockdowns when everyone except essential workers must stay inside. However, all beaches in Nassau and Grand Bahama are not open.

Prime Minister Hubert Minnis implemented weekend lockdowns, in addition to a daily curfew from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. On July 25 as part of an emergency order to slow the spread of coronavirus. The government will be lifting the lockdown on an island-by-island basis according to health indicators.

The mas banned American tourists from entering the islands as the coronavirus cases were increasing. However, Prime Minister reopened for tourists starting from July 1. Minnis said in a national address on July 19 that Americans would not be allowed to enter the Bahamas.

The situation has deteriorated “at an exponential rate since we reopened our international borders,” Minnis said.

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