IMPORTANT UPDATES 9/7/20
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
Effective Tuesday 1 September, all incoming visitors must present a COVID-19 RT-PCR Negative (Swab) Test upon arrival. The RTPCR COVID-19 test must have been taken no later than five (5) days from the date of arrival in The Bahamas.
On GRAND BAHAMA: International and domestic flights or sea vessels are allowed in and out of the island, as of August 25, 2020. Evening curfew and nationwide requirements still hold.
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 daily from 5 am to 6 pm with boats of no more than 2 people, unless on a larger vessel and from same household.
The 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 while on land. Cruising is permitted, along with visits to uninhabited islands (defined as population of 25 people or less). This is being referred to as “Vacation in Place”.
After the 14 days, all persons intending to remain in the country may be required to complete another COVID-19 test, at their own expense.
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.
Effective Tuesday 25 August, boaters must notify the BMA at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to entering the country and if your intention is to relocate to another island.
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
Domestic / Inter-island Travel
- There are no restrictions for inter-island travel within The Bahamas. Domestic travel needs to be logged in at https://travel.gov.bs/.
- As of 4th of September 2020 RT-PCR Tests are only required for passengers departing New Providence and Grand Bahama. This means if you are coming to Nassau or Freeport from any family island you do not need a test.
- RT-PCR Tests are required for travel between New Providence and Grand Bahama. This applies for travel in both directions, tests must be taken in Freeport for travel to Nassau and in Nassau for travel to Freeport.
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. All persons must submit to monitoring and may be asked to install the Hubbcat App on their cellular phones for purposes of contact tracing.
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.
- 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 25 August 2020: The curfew from 10 pm to 5 am is in effect for New Providence and Grand Bahama and various Family Islands including Abaco, Acklins, Andros, the Berry Islands, Bimini, Cat Island, Crooked Island, Eleuthera, Exuma, Inagua and Mayaguana. Food stores, pharmacies and gas stations can be open daily from 6 am to 9 pm. Restaurants can open with outdoor dining, takeout, delivery and drive-through services.
The curfew and lockdown have been lifted for Long Cay, Long Island, Rum Cay, and Ragged Island. Spanish Wells, Harbour Island and San Salvador were added to this list effective Tuesday 25 August.
The lockdown placed on New Providence was lifted beginning 31 August. Businesses in New Providence will be allowed to resume with appropriate physical distancing measures including but not limited to:
- Outdoor dining, curbside and delivery service at restaurants and retailers
- From 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. daily, beaches will be open to the public
Additional lockdowns and other restrictions may be set on an island by island basis.
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. Fines for all persons, including Bahamians, residents and visitors, not wearing face mask is $250 or a period of one-month imprisonment or both.
Details on all government orders can be accessed here: https://opm.gov.bs/category/press-room/emergency-orders-covid-19.
For more information from the Government of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas. visit www.bahamas.com/tourism-reopening.