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The Bahamas Is Lifting Its Mandatory Quarantine for International Travelers

by Eben Diskin Oct 5, 2020

The Bahamas will soon reopen to international travelers without a quarantine requirement. As announced on October 2, starting on November 1, visitors will be able to enter the island and move around freely if they can show a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken no more than seven days before traveling. They’ll also be required to take a rapid antigen test upon arrival, as well as four days afterward, which must also be negative. In addition to the tests, you need to apply for a Bahamas Health Travel Visa, which includes the cost of the two antigen tests.

Dionisio D’Aguilar told Travel & Leisure, “We are making changes to our travel and testing protocols in order to give our visitors a better and more seamless vacation experience. We want everyone to enjoy the Bahamas thoroughly and with peace of mind. These new steps will allow us to closely monitor and respond to any potential spread of the virus, while our visitors can continue to have the authentic Bahamian experience they know and love. With 16 islands to choose from, many that offer natural seclusion, we have something for everyone and look forward to welcoming travelers back to our shores.”

If you’re itching for a Bahamas vacation and planning to visit before November, you can still do it. Starting October 15, visitors can choose to “vacation in place” for 14 days (or less if your trip is under two weeks). You’ll still need the negative PCR test prior to arrival, and must stay in your hotel, but you’re free to take advantage of all the resort’s amenities and facilities.

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