IMPORTANT UPDATES 6/28/20
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
REQUIREMENTS FOR BOATERS AND BAHAMAS MARINAS for 2020:
All incoming visitors must present a COVID-19 RT-PCR Negative (Swab) Test upon arrival. Effective Tuesday 7 July, the results of the RTPCR COVID-19 test must have been taken no later than seven days from the date of travel. Until that date, the previously announced 10-day window of time before travel will continue to be accepted.
Select individuals will be exempt from testing,
- Children under the age of two (2)
- 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.
All travellers – both domestic and international – are required to complete an Electronic Health Declaration Form 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 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.
- Customs & Immigration Forms – fill out and print prior to arrival
- Have copies of ALL forms, copy of passport and test results to present to Customs & Immigration upon arrival in The Bahamas.
- Marinas must be informed at least 48 hours prior to vessel’s arrival.
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)
Important Information for all Travelers
Public beaches and parks reopen Monday 29 June on New Providence and Paradise Island, Grand Bahama and Bimini. Gatherings restricted to 5 people or less. Failure to comply will result in a fine.
Masks are required for all Bahamians, residents and visitors in all of the following:
- Entry and exit of beaches
- When entering and transiting air and sea terminals
- During security and customs screenings
- At baggage claim
- When checking in and boarding aircraft, vessel or other form of transportation
- When traveling in a taxi
- When standing in line at attractions
- Before being seated at a restaurant
- While checking into a hotel
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.
The Government of The Bahamas has imposed a mandatory countrywide curfew between the hours of 10:00 pm and 5:00 am daily where every person must remain in their place of residence. 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.
Tourist attractions, excursions and tours, vendors (including straw vendors) and jet ski operators will remain closed as a part of Phase 2 of the tourism re-opening plan.
Attractions and excursions may re-open during Phase 3 of the tourism re-opening plan, which is scheduled to take effect Monday 13 July. Vendors, including straw vendors, may re-open and jet ski operators may resume operations under Phase 4 of the tourism re-opening plan, scheduled to take effect Monday 27 July.
What Our Boating Guests Can Expect at an ABM Member Marina:
- 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.
- 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/Covid19Statement and www.bahamas.com/tourism-reopening.