The Bahamas Enforces NEW Entry Protocol Effective Monday, December 27, 2021

BAHAMAS MINISTRY OF TOURISM, INVESTMENTS & AVIATION STATEMENT ON UPDATED TESTING PROTOCOLS & What's New In The Bahamas In December

NASSAU, Bahamas, December 23, 2021 – The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investments & Aviation has taken note of the recent increase in COVID-19 cases around the world and is implementing new testing requirements for all persons entering The Bahamas as a precautionary effort to continue to keep the destination safe. 

Effective Monday, December 27, 2021, the following protocols will take effect:

  • All those travelling to The Bahamas from other countries, whether fully vaccinated or unvaccinated, will be required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than three days (72 hours) prior to the date of arrival to The Bahamas.
    • Vaccinated travellers can present either a Rapid Antigen Test or RT-PCR test, while unvaccinated travellers must present a RT-PCR test.


Effective Friday, January 7, 2022, the following protocols will take effect:

    • All those travelling to The Bahamas from other countries, whether fully vaccinated or unvaccinated, will be required to obtain a negative RT-PCR (including PCR, NAA, NAAT, TMA or RNA) test, taken no more than three days (72 hours) prior to the date of arrival to The Bahamas.
      • Rapid Antigen Tests will no longer be accepted. All travellers must obtain a RT-PCR test. 


For full details please visit Bahamas.com/travelupdates

 

What's New In The Bahamas In December

NASSAU, Bahamas, Dec. 8, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- While temperatures are dropping elsewhere, the sun shines bright in The Islands of The Bahamas. Travellers can fly to Grand Bahama Island from Miami daily for as low as $267 round-trip and book resorts for even lower prices. Give the gift of a Bahamian escape this holiday season with world-class entertainment, attractions and can't-miss vacation deals.

HERO World Challenge Returns to Albany – The most exclusive golf tournament hosted by Tiger Woods returned this year. The 2021 HERO World Challenge took place in The Bahamas December 2-5, 2021, at Albany's par-72 Championship Golf Course.

Global Superstar Doja Cat Headlines at Atlantis Paradise Island – Atlantis Paradise Island will welcome three-time GRAMMY® nominated singer, songwriter and producer Doja Cat for an exclusive outdoor concert at the resort's Royal Deck overlooking Paradise Beach. 

The Cove, Eleuthera Makes a Major Comeback– The Cove, Eleuthera will reopen on December 20, 2021. Nestled between two white sand coves, guests can expect to enjoy the ultimate Out Island luxuries of tranquility and privacy.

Support Local Craftsmanship at the Authentically Bahamian Trade Show – Talented Bahamian creatives will showcase a wide variety of hand-crafted products at the Authentically Bahamian Trade Show. The event will be held December 11-12, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Conference Center at Atlantis.

Friday Nights at Anchor Bay – Every Friday night, the Governor's Harbour Development Association holds a Fish Fry at Anchor Bay in Governor's Harbour. Event proceeds support the annual homecoming celebration and various community projects.

PROMOTIONS AND OFFERS 

For a complete listing of deals and packages for The Bahamas, visit www.bahamas.com/deals-packages.

Sun, Sand and Savings in Freeport – Beachfront resorts in Freeport, Grand Bahama Island are offering up to 50% off, if you book by December 23, 2021. Take advantage of winter's easiest, most affordable island escape.

Book Now and Pay Over Time at Atlantis – Atlantis Paradise Island partnered with Uplift, a financing solution that gives travellers the opportunity to book a dream vacation today and pay in full over time with fixed installments.

Return to Paradise, Get the Fourth Night Free – The Ocean Club A Four Seasons Resort is offering guests a complimentary fourth night with every three consecutive paid nights and private airport transportation. Travel window is now through December 31, 2022.

CDC is reducing its travel recommendation for The Bahamas from a Level 3 to a Level 2 destination
BAHAMAS MINISTRY OF TOURISM, INVESTMENTS AND AVIATION STATEMENT ON UPDATED CDC TRAVEL ADVISORY

NASSAU, Bahamas, Dec. 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investments & Aviation has taken note of the updated travel advisory issued from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reducing its travel recommendation for The Bahamas from a Level 3 to a Level 2 destination.

The CDC evaluates lower risk due to decreased COVID-19 case counts as well as lower case trajectory. Vaccine coverage rates and performance also play a role in the CDC's determination of advisory levels. This recent change is an indication that our diligence is proving successful in minimizing the spread and for that we are very proud.

While the updated travel protocols combined with on-island restrictions remain our frontline of defense, we cannot let our guard down, especially over the holiday season and into the New Year. We continue to evolve as the virus evolves and vigilance will be imperative as precautions will continue to remain in place to ensure that safety remains of the utmost importance for residents and visitors.

"We view this lowered advisory favourably as it is proof that our protocols and protective measures to combat COVID-19 in The Bahamas are working," said Deputy Prime Minister The Honourable I. Chester Cooper, Bahamas Minister of Tourism, Investments & Aviation. "However, this is not the time to let up on our stringent protocols which are working to keep both visitors and the Bahamian people safe. I ask that all those enjoying the beauty of our islands remember this pandemic is not over and that it is our collective responsibility to do our part to help stop the spread." 

Due to the fluidity of COVID-19, the Government of The Bahamas will continue to monitor islands individually and enact protective measures to address specific cases or spikes accordingly. For an overview of The Bahamas' travel and entry protocols, please visit Bahamas.com/travelupdates.

We continue to encourage everyone to do their part: wear a mask, stay home if you feel unwell, wash your hands, get vaccinated and abide by physical distancing and sanitation protocols that help keep you and your fellow Bahamians safe.

CDC reducing its travel recommendation for The Bahamas from a Level 4 to a Level 3 destination
Bahamas Ministry Of Tourism, Investments & Aviation Statement On Updated CDC Travel Advisory

NASSAU, Bahamas, Nov. 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investments & Aviation has taken note of the updated travel advisory issued from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reducing its travel recommendation for The Bahamas from a Level 4 to a Level 3 destination.

The CDC evaluates lower risk due to decreased COVID-19 case counts as well as lower case trajectory. Vaccine coverage rates and performance also play a role in the CDC's determination of advisory levels.

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investments & Aviation advises that, we, the public, cannot let our guard down – the systems that have been put in place are working. Vigilance will be imperative as precautions will continue to remain in place to ensure that safety remains of the utmost importance for residents and visitors.

Recent updates and entry requirements such as ensuring both fully vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers obtain a negative COVID-19 test (either a Rapid Antigen Test or PCR Test), taken no more than five (5) days prior to the date of arrival in The Bahamas – combined with on-island restrictions as necessary – have proven successful in helping to minimize the spread of the virus.

"Tourism is the lifeblood of our economy, and we're focused on ensuring that the protocols in place keep our visitors and residents safe," said Deputy Prime Minister The Honourable I. Chester Cooper, Bahamas Minister of Tourism, Investments & Aviation. "This lowered advisory is proof that what we're doing is working – but it does not mean we can waiver at this critical turning point. I have no doubt if we all continue to work together, we'll see tremendous growth across our tourism sectors."

Due to the fluidity of COVID-19, the Government of The Bahamas will continue to monitor islands individually and enact protective measures to address specific cases or spikes accordingly. For an overview of The Bahamas' travel and entry protocols, please visit Bahamas.com/travelupdates.

We continue to encourage everyone to do their part to minimize the spread: wear a mask, wash your hands, get vaccinated and abide by physical distancing and sanitation protocols that help keep you and your fellow Bahamians safe.

ABOUT THE BAHAMAS 
With over 700 islands and cays and 16 unique island destinations, The Bahamas lies just 50 miles off the coast of Florida, offering an easy flyaway escape that transports travellers away from their everyday. The Islands of The Bahamas have world-class fishing, diving, boating, birding, and nature-based activities, thousands of miles of the earth's most spectacular water and pristine beaches waiting for families, couples and adventurers. Explore all the islands have to offer at www.bahamas.com or on Facebook, YouTube or Instagram to see why It's Better in The Bahamas.