Bahamas Launches New Travel and Testing Protocols For Visitors | Instant News

The Bahamas is set to launch a new set of travel and testing protocols that would remove the country’s current mandatory quarantine for visitors. As of November 1, the Bahamas will remove the mandatory “vacation in place” conditions for all visitors, “allowing everyone to move and explore the destination beyond the confines of their hotel or other accommodation.” , the Ministry of Tourism said in a statement. . The new protocols will require visitors, returning citizens and residents to test negative on an RT-PCR swab no more than seven (7) days before their trip to the Bahamas. Additionally, all travelers will have a rapid antigen test upon arrival in the Bahamas – then again 96 hours after arriving in the Bahamas. (Children under 10 years old will be exempt from the antigen testing requirement). All travelers will need to obtain a Bahamas Health Travel Visa prior to travel, with the cost of the visa depending on the length of stay. The rapid test will take place at approved points of entry. For those arriving by air, antigen testing will take place in Nassau, Freeport, Marsh Harbor, North Eleuthera, Georgetown, Bimini and San Andros. For those arriving by sea, approved ports of entry include Nassau (Atlantis, Bay Street Marina, Lyford Cay, Albany, and Nassau Yacht Haven); Grand Bahama (West End – Old Bahama Bay and Freeport – Lucaya); Abaco (government wharf in Marsh Harbor); Eleuthera (Wells Spanish Marina); Berry Islands (Chubb Cay Club); Bimini (Big Game Club and Cat Cay Club); Exuma (Georgetown Government Wharf). Rapid tests give results in 20 minutes or less. Many hotels will provide relevant information on how to test, while others will facilitate the required rapid test for their guests. All arrivals on yachts and other pleasure craft will be able to arrange for the required rapid tests at the port of entry or via the relevant site. All other visitors, residents and returning citizens will be able to arrange for their required rapid tests at the port of entry or through the relevant website, according to the ministry. “The Bahamas have remained diligent in their efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19 across the islands, and these measures are imperative to ensure that this remains the case,” the tourism ministry said in a statement. “The health and well-being of residents and visitors remains the number one priority of our public health officials. It is important to note, however, that due to the fluidity of the COVID-19 situation, both in the Bahamas and globally, protocols are subject to change. To learn more, visit the Bahamas. – CJ

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