Grand Bahama Island sunset with Palm Trees

Posted by: admin | July 20th, 2020

NASSAU, Bahamas, July 19, 2020 – Due to the continued increase in COVID-19 cases in the
United States, as well as an uptick in cases in The Bahamas, Prime Minister, The Most Hon. Dr.
Hubert Minnis, has made the difficult decision to close borders to international commercial
flights and commercial vessels carrying passengers from the United States. The order
is effective as of Wednesday, July 22 at midnight. In addition, Bahamasair will cease outgoing
flights to the United States, effective immediately.

Outgoing flights will be permitted to accommodate any current visitors scheduled to return to the
United States after Wednesday, July 22.

Private flights and charters from the United States, as well as pleasure craft and yachts
will be permitted, and travellers from Canada, the United Kingdom and the European Union are
exempt from the emergency order. All visitors are required to present a negative COVID-19 RTPCR
test from a referenced lab, taken no more than 10 days prior to the date of travel.

Since opening borders to international travel on July 1, The Bahamas has unfortunately
experienced a deterioration in conditions relative to COVID-19. These restrictions have been put
in place to protect the health and wellbeing of both residents and visitors, which remains of
primary importance, and to prevent the spread of the virus throughout The Bahamas.

The Bahamas is reviewing and being guided by the most effective practices from around the
world. Reopening of borders will continue to be monitored and guided by The Bahamas
government and health officials, based on COVID-19 trends.

Anita Johnson-Patty
General Manager, Global Communications
Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation
[email protected]

Weber Shandwick
Public Relations
[email protected]