As international travel resumes, The Bahamas will once again be a hot destination for US travelers. But, thanks to the pandemic, it’s not as easy as it used to be to just jump on a plane in Southeast Florida and be lounging on a beautiful Bahamian beach a few hours later. Here is the latest on The Bahamas travel restrictions, different rules for people who are vaccinated and not and what you need to know from a TravelingMom who just returned from the islands.
Who Does and Does Not Need Covid Tests
Getting a Covid Test
Visiting the Bahamas with Unvaccinated Kids
Plan for Your Return
Other Bahamian Covid Requirements
Ongoing Reporting Requirements
Where to Get Tested Before Heading Home
Atlantis Resort guests staying in The Royal, The Cove, The Reef, and The Coral hotels receive two tests for free. Additional tests are $20.
Other Nassau Paradise Island Resorts offering on-site rapid COVID-19 testing as of late April are: Comfort Suites Paradise Island, Baha Mar, Graycliff Hotel, Margaritaville Beach Resort, Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort, Bahamas, and Sandals Royal Bohemian.In addition, the rapid tests are offered at Bay Street Medical, across the street from the British Colonial Hilton Nassau, and at Nassau’s airport, LPIA.
Go old school and bring paper copies to prove your negative Covid test results. The authorities will accept an image on your phone, but Heidi was surprised to discover that her phone did not work in The Bahamas, so the hard copies came in handy. She had to show her family’s results at their home airport in Austin, Texas, before departure, to a customs officer upon arrival in The Bahamas, and at the gate of Atlantis Paradise Island before they were allowed onto the property. While many things are different today with COVID-19 travel restrictions, The Bahamas will be ready to welcome you, and in light of the pandemic, there are additional travel precautions and testing required.
Check for the latest updates. Everything here is accurate as of late April. But rules change rapidly, so always check for the latest traveler restrictions both in The Bahamas – the US Embassy and the United States.
Wear a mask! Anyone, including visitors, caught not complying with Bahamian rules requiring face masks in all public places except the beach are subject to a $250 fine.