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The Bahamas has become one of the latest destinations in the world to remove Covid-19 testing requirements for travelers who are fully vaccinated against the virus. Known and adored the world over for its pristine white sand beaches and palm-fringed crystal clear waters, the Caribbean tourist destination made the announcement within a week and hopes that easier entry requirements will lead to a surge in travelers heading there during the summer.
The move will be warmly welcomed by both travelers and businesses on the islands as the Bahamas was previously one of the few Caribbean islands that still has such strict entry requirements and is suffering as a result. Here’s a look at exactly what needs to change regarding entry requirements to the Bahamas, and which travelers are affected by the latest changes in the country.
Traveling to the Bahamas just got easier – information for travelers
For decades, the Bahamas have been synonymous with the perfect Caribbean getaway. Featured on the covers of travel guides and magazines around the world, the 700+ islands of the Bahamas have welcomed large numbers of tourists, with more than 7 million taking the trip back in 2019. Despite the pandemic and related restrictions, there has been a decline in travel, recent changes in the country could lead to those changes this summer.
Last week, the government of The Bahamas announced that it would no longer require fully vaccinated foreign travelers to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test result to enter the country, making holidays in the country much easier and more attractive for millions of people. travelers. The policy change only went into effect yesterday, meaning travelers can now take advantage of the change in restrictions and will only need to show proof of vaccination before boarding a flight into the country.
For unvaccinated travelers, there are still some hurdles to overcome in order to be able to enter the country. Unvaccinated travelers aged 2 years and older will be required to test negative for Covid-19 and show it at check-in before they can travel to the Bahamas. Travelers can use either a negative RT-PCR test or a rapid antigen test, but it must be done within 72 years prior to travel for it to be valid.
Luckily, there are some exceptions to the rule that will be welcomed by travelers with families. Children under the age of 2 are exempt from any testing requirements and are free to enter without taking a test. Travelers will also be pleased to know that the requirement to take a Covid-19 test to participate in inter-island travel has also been lifted, and travelers can now travel freely between the country’s 700+ islands and 2,000+ beaches without being tested beforehand – regardless of Covid vaccination status -19.
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