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Requirements for Bahamas and US Customs 2021

NEW ANNOUNCEMENT – Effective August 6th 2021, vaccinated travelers to The Bahamas from outside the country must have a negative rapid or PCR test within 5 days prior to arrival. Children age 2 – 11 years old must also have a negative rapid or PCR within 5 days prior to arrival. No changes to unvaccinated travelers requirements.

Quick Facts - Guidelines for Returning to The United States:
  • Negative test for all air passengers returning to US (commercial and private)
  • Rapid Antigen tests we have available at GTC Clinic permitted by CDC guidelines
  • Persons 2 years old and older are required by US to be tested
  • Proof of vaccination does not exclude you from testing requirements
  • Test must be taken within 72 hours of arriving to the US
  • This is NOT required to those traveling by boat
  • The cost of this test is $40 cash at GTC Clinic
  • Results are given to you in a hard copy form

The CDC requires that all air passengers, ages 2 years and older and including returning American citizens, arriving in The United States by airline (commercial and private) will have to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of travel. The test must be a viral test (NAAT/molecular or antigen test). Proof of vaccination will not be sufficient. Be sure to check your specific airline for their exact requirements.

The agency will not require further testing in the three months after a positive test, so long as the traveler has not had any symptoms. In this situation, a passenger may travel with documentation of the positive test result and a letter from a health care provider or a public health official stating that the traveler now has been cleared for travel.

The new rules took effect on January 26, 2021 and only applies to air travel into the U.S. The testing regulations do NOT apply to those traveling by boat.

If you have ANY travel questions at all, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.
Phone : 1-443-912-5839 or 1-242-816-0625
info@greenturtleclub.com

Quick Facts - Guidelines for Traveling to The Bahamas:
  • Effective August 6th 2021, travelers to The Bahamas from outside the country will be required to have a negative Rapid or PCR within 5 days prior to arrival to The Bahamas if they are fully vaccinated and have passed the two-week immunity period.
  • Effective August 6th 2021, children ages 2 – 11 traveling to The Bahamas from outside the country will be required to have a negative Rapid or PCR within 5 days prior to arrival
  • No quarantine
  • Negative PCR test required within 5 days prior to arrival, if NOT fully vaccinated
  • Rapid antigen test on day 5 of your visit, available at GTC Clinic, if not fully vaccinated
  • Cost of travel visa is $40 if you stay 4 nights, and $60 to stay longer than 4 nights
  • Children under 2 do not need testing and their travel visas are free
  • Once in possession of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test or proof of full vaccination with rapid text, all travelers will then be required to apply for a Bahamas Health Travel Visa at travel.gov.bs (click on the International Tab) where the required test must be uploaded.
Fees for the Bahamas Health Travel Visa are as follows
  • $40 – Citizens and Returning Residents
    This fee includes your day-5 rapid antigen test by an authorized* test provider and processing
  • $40 – North American Visitors staying 5-Days or less
    This fee includes your North American insurance and processing
  • $50 – International
    This fee includes your World Wide insurance and processing
  • $60 – Visitors staying more than 5-nights.
    This fee includes your North American insurance, day-5 rapid antigen test by an authorized* test provider and processing
  • $70 – Visitor staying more than 5-nights
    This fee includes your World Wide insurance, day-5 rapid antigen test by an authorized test provider and processing
  • Free – Children 10 years and under
    $30 – Extend Trip. If your original trip application was for 5-days or less and you would like to extend your trip or your entered the wrong departure date and require a day-5 test. You can go back to your Travel Profile, click on the approved trip to which you are on and click the Extend Trip button.

The fee includes your day-5 rapid antigen test by an authorized* test provider and processing

If technical difficulties are experienced with the Health Travel Visa website, please call (242) 502-0829 or email healthvisa@bahamas.com.

Reminder, if you are visiting the Bahamas from the US, you are required by Bahamian law to get a rapid test on day 5 of your arrival if you are not vaccinated. This test can also be dually used to return to the US. Therefore, if you travel here for 5-7 nights long, you will not be required an additional test.

The CDC requires that all air passengers, ages 2 years and older and including returning American citizens, arriving in The United States by airline (commercial and private) will have to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of travel. The test must be a viral test (NAAT/molecular or antigen test). Proof of vaccination will not be sufficient. Be sure to check your specific airline for their exact requirements.

The agency will not require further testing in the three months after a positive test, so long as the traveler has not had any symptoms. In this situation, a passenger may travel with documentation of the positive test result and a letter from a health care provider or a public health official stating that the traveler now has been cleared for travel.

The new rules took effect on January 26, 2021 and only applies to air travel into the U.S. The testing regulations do NOT apply to those traveling by boat.

Additional Information

For all non-vaccinated travelers staying 5-nights or more, it is mandatory to take a rapid antigen on day-5. For the avoidance of doubt the date of your arrival is considered day-1, independent of the time you arrive on that day. The rapid tests are easy, quick and will yield results in 20 minutes or less with results being provided electronically via a QR Code. Visitors departing on Day Five will not be required to obtain this test. Boaters who have entered The Bahamas and are out to sea on the fifth day are required to obtain an Antigen Test at the first port of call thereafter. As a condition of entry into The Bahamas, traveler agrees to complete the Daily Health Survey for a period of 14-days beginning on the day of arrival or the duration of a travelers stay, if less than 14 days.

A traveler that answers yes to close contact or acknowledges symptoms in response to the Daily Health Survey, are required to immediately take a rapid antigen test at their own expense and must receive a negative result. Should a traveler receive a positive result they will be immediately subject to the quarantine protocols.

Compliance with the daily Health Survey is mandatory and those that fail to comply will be subject to penalties.

If you have ANY travel questions at all, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.
Phone : 1-443-912-5839 or 1-242-816-0625
info@greenturtleclub.com