Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Nassau, The Bahamas – July 25, 2020
Location: The Bahamas
Event: The U.S. Embassy in Nassau is providing regular updates to U.S. citizens on travel procedures and health protocols for traveling to and within The Bahamas.
Key updates from the Ministry of Health’s press conference and Prime Minister’s statement of July 24 include:
- Inter–island travel within The Bahamas will be prohibited effective July 28 at 7:00pm. Additionally, travelers returning from New Providence (Nassau) and other islands where COVID-19 is present to any other Bahamian island before July 28 will be required to quarantine for 14 days after arriving on that Island.
U.S. citizens who want to return to the United States should arrange for immediate return using available flights or be prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging repatriation flights from The Bahamas.
Private Charter Flights to the United States are available through several charter companies including: Air Care 1: aircareone.com, +1-502-242-7760; All Bahamas Courier Services: +1-242-727-4165; Aztec Airways: +1-954-351-9313; Bahamas Charter Flights: +1-954-359-0320; IBC Airways: +1-954-848-2370; Island Air Charters: +1-954-359-9942; Island Wings – USA: +1-954-617-8804; Makers Air - FXE: +1-954-771-0330; Silver Airways charter flights: +1-801-401-9103; Trans Island Airways: +1-954-727-3377; Treasure Air Charters: 1-305-741-0489; Tropic Air Charters – FXE: +1-954-267-0707; Tropic Ocean Airways – FLL: +1-954-210-5569; Tropix Air/Island Wings Ltd.: +1-242-424-4260. Other providers may be available; this does not constitute an endorsement.
For inter-island travel within The Bahamas, each traveler must go to travel.gov.bs, select “Domestic” and complete and submit the online Travel Health Card. A confirmation will be provided via email. Each traveler must present their confirmation upon arrival at their destination.
- Nationwide weekend lockdowns will be in effect until further notice, from Fridays at 10:00PM through Mondays at 5:00am. The first such lockdown period begins July 24. During weekend lockdowns, you may only leave your residence for medical emergencies or to visit grocery stores, pharmacies and gas stations (these merchants may operate from 7:00am to 6:00pm). You must remain within the confines of your home/yard or lodging. (This weekend lockdown is in effect for the entire country except for Grand Bahama, which is under a full lockdown through August 7 at 5:00am. See below.)
- A new daily nationwide curfew will be enforced from 7:00pm to 5:00am, effective July 27. Curfews are in place Mondays through Fridays, until the weekend lockdowns begin at 10:00pm on Fridays. During curfew periods, all individuals must comply and remain confined to their place of lodging or residence/yard. All businesses are required to close by 6:00pm. (This weekend lockdown is in effect for the entire country except for Grand Bahama, which is under a full lockdown through August 7 at 5:00am. See below.)
Key updates from the most recent Emergency Orders dated July 22, 2020 include:
- All travelers entering The Bahamas via commercial air (regardless of country of origin, including the United States) must undergo a 14-day quarantine in a government facility upon arrival, at their own expense, to be followed by an RT PCR COVID-19 molecular test at the end of the quarantine period.
- The above 14-day quarantine applies to persons entering The Bahamas via commercial air. It does not apply to private flights, charter flights, pleasure craft, or yachts (from any country). However, visitors entering via private or charter vessels must still follow the other mandatory entry requirements for entering The Bahamas, to include the COVID-19 testing and Travel Health Visa Application procedures outlined below (under Mandatory Entry Requirements).
- If traveling from one Bahamian island to another, any persons leaving a Bahamian island for which there is an impending lockdown order must, at their own expense, submit to a 14-day quarantine in a government facility upon arriving at their destination island within The Bahamas, to be followed by an RT PCR COVID-19 molecular test at the end of the quarantine period.