Less than a week after closing its border, The Bahamas is reopening. Prime Minister Hubert Minnis says all international visitors are now welcome but they should be prepared to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival — at their own expense — in a government facility and take a real time polymerase chain reaction COVID-19 laboratory test at the end of isolation.
This 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.
On July 22, The Bahamas re-closed its borders due to an increase in COVID-19 cases. At that time, Minnis said, “Regrettably, the situation here at home has already deteriorated since we began the reopening of our domestic economy. It has deteriorated at an exponential rate since we reopened our international borders.”
He reported that as of July 19, the Ministry of Health confirmed 15 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 153.
Health and safety measures in place in The Bahamas include temperature screening, mandatory face masks, social distancing, limited group sizes, and more. In addition, after the quarantine, travelers must return to accommodations and remain on property between 10 pm and 5 am.