The Bahamas reopened its international borders to tourists on July 1, and here are what travelers have to know before going over to the popular Caribbean destination.
The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation announced on Tuesday that all arrivals to the island chain would need to have and present a verified, negative coronavirus test that is less than seven days old.
Those excused from the rule include children under 10 years old, private pilots who do not get off, and citizens and residents returning after less than 72 hours or from an approved country.
Travelers arriving in The Bahamas who do not have an approved negative result should either pay for a test once they arrive or quarantine for 14 days. Anyone showing possible coronavirus symptoms will be transferred to an area away from other passengers for further evaluation.
The Bahamas’ reopening plan had a phase 1 part and it began June 15 with private aviation, boaters, and yachters being permitted to arrive on the island. The country will welcome both international and domestic commercial airlines, allow the opening of hotels and vacation rentals, and resume transportation options like taxis and buses, on July 1.
The Bahamas’ “Healthy Traveler Campaign,” which regulates social distancing measures, cleaning, and sanitation methods and the use of face coverings in specified public places should be followed as international tourists begin arriving again.
Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation Director-General Joy Jibrilu stated that “Our top priority has and will always be our commitment to the health and well-being of our residents and visitors.” He also continued that “We must remember that we are living in a new normal in the wake of COVID-19 and a lot is going to change across the tourism sector.”
“We are putting an even greater emphasis on making sure The Bahamas is safe and clean for everyone and expect to once again providing travelers with the tropical experience our islands are known for,” said Mr. Jibrilu.
Airports and seaports across the Bahamas will also continue temperature screenings for all incoming visitors and hotels will follow new rules, including enhanced cleaning protocols and schedules, limiting the number of guests and employees while health monitoring them all.
Tour operators and local attractions are required to spread out chairs between family units to ensure social distancing, also establish a maximum number of guests, and develop a touchless shopping experience.
Besides, restaurants should require all their employees to wear disposable masks and gloves and be done with traditional buffets, work on single or prepackaging meals, and add disposable menus.