Bahamas Reopening Update: Boaters + Private Flights Allowed

July 22, 2020 12:54 pm

The Bahamas issued a travel ban for United States tourists, but exceptions allow travel for private vessels.


As of July 23rd, Grand Bahama will undergo a full 14-day lockdown starting at 7:00 and will last until Friday, August 7 at 5:00 a.m.

Grand Bahama prohibits both domestic or international flights and sea vessels with passengers.

Anyone currently on Grand Bahama are asked to not leave their homes during the week unless purchasing food, water, medicine, or another essential purpose. On weekends, Grand Bahama residents are not to leave their home unless they are an essential worker, or in case of an emergency.

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation announced in a statement that The Bahamas would shut down borders again due to growing Covid-19 cases in the United States and The Bahamas. Effective midnight on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, The Bahamas borders will be closed to international commercial flights and commercial vessels with passengers from the United States.

Private charter vessels, private flight vessels, and pleasure craft and yachts are exempt from this order. These vessels will still be permitted to travel throughout the Bahamas within the guidelines outlined by the Bahamian government.

bahamas united states travel ban

If private boaters plan to travel in The Bahamas, they must present a negative Covid-19 test upon arrival. The negative test result must be from a test taken no later than 10 days prior to arrival. To see a complete list of all of The Bahamas regulations for travelers during the Covid-19 pandemic, see our comprehensive guide.

For more details on the travel ban of U.S. tourists in The Bahamas, see the official statement.

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