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Travelers to The Bahamas will no longer have to quarantine when visiting the island nation beginning November 1, if they can prove they don’t have COVID-19.
The Bahamas, like many countries, are looking to reopen their borders once more to tourism by asking visitors to show proof of a negative COVID test prior to arrival and an antigen test upon arrival.
According to Travel+Leisure, the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation confirmed visitors to the Bahamas can bypass the mandatory two-week quarantine period by obtaining a negative PCR test no more than seven days before travel. Upon arrival in the Bahamas, visitors will need to get a rapid antigen test, which they will need to repeat four-days later.
The cost of the testing will be included in the Bahamas Health Travel Visa, which travelers will need to apply for prior to visiting the country.
“We are making changes to our travel and testing protocols in order to give our visitors a better and more seamless vacation experience,” Minister of Tourism Dionisio D’Aguilar told Travel+Leisure. “We want everyone to enjoy The Bahamas thoroughly and with peace of mind. These new steps will allow us to closely monitor and respond to any potential spread of the virus, while our visitors can continue to have the authentic Bahamian experience they know and love. With 16 islands to choose from, many that offer natural seclusion, we have something for everyone and look forward to welcoming travelers back to our shores.”
According to Travel+Leisure, children aged 10 and under will not be required to get tested.