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Procedures and Protocols

IMPORTANT UPDATES 8/4/20

Below are the procedures currently required by the Government of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas for the entering the country. We will continue to add details as they are announced.

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR BOATERS AND BAHAMAS MARINAS for 2020

While not closing the country’s borders to air or sea traffic, the government of The Bahamas now requires visitors arriving at any island in the archipelago to undergo a 14-day quarantine.
 

Visitors cruising by private boat are permitted to spend their two-week quarantine aboard their vessel. Fishing is permitted on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays during the daytime.
 

Departing in less than 14 days is allowed but must be done without contact with any community except for refueling and provisioning stops at marinas or traveling to and from private air flights.
 

As for inter-island travel, private boaters who have submitted a negative test and have a domestic travel visa will be allowed to transit to another island and can refuel and provision.
 

However, the new emergency orders do require a 14-day quarantine even for inter-island travel if you plan to come ashore. During the quarantine period, or if staying for less than 2 weeks, boaters are not allowed beyond the marina premises for any reason (provisioning must be done to the marina only).
 

You can also notify the BMA sheltering@bahamasmaritime.com if your intention is to relocate to another island.
 

On GRAND BAHAMA: No international or domestic flights or sea vessels of any kind are allowed in or out of the island, except for emergency and essential purposes.
 

All incoming visitors must present a COVID-19 RT-PCR Negative (Swab) Test upon arrival. Effective Wednesday July 8th, the RTPCR COVID-19 test must have been taken no later than ten days from the date of arrival in The Bahamas.
 

Select individuals will be exempt from testing,
 

  • Children under the age of ten (10). Parent or guardian must provide proof of testing restriction upon arrival
  • Private pilots who do not deplane
  • Bahamian citizens, residents and homeowners who are returning to The Bahamas from English speaking CARICOM countries
  • Bahamian citizens and legal residents who have been out of The Bahamas for less than 72 hours will have to quarantine for two weeks. Period may be reduced by taking a COVID-19 test upon arrival in The Bahamas with a negative result.

 

Contact your health care professional to receive a COVID-19 RT-PCR Test. Tests are also available at select CVS and Walgreens stores across the U.S. For additional information, please visit your state or local health department’s website. At-Home Test Kits are available from Pixel by LabCorp.
 

All travellers – both domestic and international – are required to complete an Electronic Travel Health Visa at travel.gov.bs prior to departure and for any inter-island travel within The Bahamas. An automated response will be provided upon completion, and only those who receive a green color-coded response can travel. Please submit this form at least 24-48 hours prior to arrival. It is essential that travellers present proof of confirmation upon arrival in their destination.
 

No quarantine will be required upon arrival (if all steps are met).
 

Failure to comply with the test requirements and heath form submission will result in denied entry.
 

 

Boaters Requirements once in The Bahamas

  • On arrival (having cleared at local ports of entry), anyone disembarking at a marina will be subject to potential additional screening mandated by Ministry of Health, such as taking of temperature.
  • While clearing Customs & Immigration, crew and passengers are required to wear a mask, covering the nose and mouth.
  • There are no restrictions for inter-island travel within The Bahamas. Domestic travel needs to be logged in at https://travel.gov.bs/.
  • NEVER shake used or unused clothing, sheets, or cloth items
  • Boats always required to remain 50 feet apart
  • No “rafting” (tying boats together)
  • No “beaching” (running boats ashore in shallow water to disembark)
  • Facial masks covering nose and mouth must be worn at all times while in port.

 

As of July 1st, all pleasure vessels must now clear outbound before leaving. Upon leaving the Master of the Vessel will be granted a Certificate of Clearance. Please clear outwards at the last Port of Entry before you exit The Bahamas. There are NO fees required for the clearance certificate.
 

Important Information for all Travelers

Effective Tuesday 4 August 2020: There is a country-wide lockdown for a minimum of 2 weeks from that date (19 August 5:00 pm). Additional lockdowns and other restrictions may be set on an island by island basis. During this time food stores and gas stations will only be open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7 am to 5 pm.
 

All congregate activities will be prohibited, including in-person religious services, sporting events, group exercise and all social gatherings. Failure to comply will result in a fine.
 

During times of curfew and lockdown, travellers must return to their accommodations (hotels, rentals, boats, etc.) and remain on property within the curfew hours. However, guests at hotels and marinas are free to move about the property within curfew hours and will not be confined to their rooms/boats, provided they follow individual property guidelines.
 

Masks are required in all public places. New fines for all persons, including Bahamians, residents and visitors, not wearing face mask of $200 or a period of one-month imprisonment or both.

 

What Our Boating Guests Can Expect at an ABM Member Marina:

 

Marina Facilities:

  • Hand sanitizing dispensers will be placed in restrooms and at an easily accessible location in the office area.
  • Frequently touched surfaces (e.g. doorknobs, handles, etc.) in offices and common areas will be wiped with a disinfecting agent at the start of the workday and in the afternoon.
  • Main office doors will be kept locked and managed to admit only those wearing masks.
  • Amenities like gym and exercise rooms, dining areas, laundry rooms, pool areas and other facilities must operate under strict observance of the Government’s guidelines for publicly occupied spaces.
  • Provisioning – each marina will provide boaters with list of stores and restaurants that will deliver to the marina.

 

Marina Personnel:

  • All marina personnel will wear masks, covering the mouth and nose.
  • Fuel Attendants will wear masks and gloves and may hand customers the fuel dispenser nozzle but should remain ashore. Customers are to remain onboard the vessel.
  • Office personnel will always wear masks and observe regular hand washing regimen.
  • Staff will maintain at least two metres /six feet distance between each other and guests.
  • Staff will isolate anyone who is coughing or sneezing until appropriate tests can be performed.

 

Requirements are part of Tourism Readiness & Recovery Plan from the Government of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas. For more information visit www.bahamas.com/tourism-reopening.