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Before You Fly & Travel Updates

Where Are You Traveling?

Domestic Travel (Within the US)

For domestic travel within the US, guests should arrive 45 minutes prior to departure with a government issued ID in hand.

To The Bahamas From the US

1. Starting Sunday, September 22, 2022, Unvaccinated Travelers and Fully Vaccinated Travelers will no longer be required to submit to pre-travel COVID-19 testing to enter the country. Travelers will no longer need to apply for a Bahamas Travel Health Visa in order to enter the country

 

2. Children under the age of 2 are exempt from any testing requirements.

 

3. COVID-19 testing is no longer required for persons travelling inter-island (domestic) within The Bahamas, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status (unvaccinated or fully vaccinated).

Tropic Ocean Airways is not approved for positive COVID guest transportation.

 

All information was drawn from https://travel.gov.bs/file/insuranceNorthAmerica

 

Claims are submitted post-expense for reimbursement via https://travel.gov.bs/file/insuranceClaimForm

 

All links for insurance information are found on https://travel.gov.bs/ via top tab “Insurance”

 

We are advising all guests traveling at this time to consider Travel Insurance to protect your investment should you need to cancel or change your schedule.

To the US from The Bahamas

To the US from The Bahamas

New Entry Requirements for Air Travel into the United States

Beginning midnight on Sunday, June 12th, 2022, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will lift its requirement for travelers to test negative for Covid-19 before entering the United States.

 

WHAT QUALIFIES AS BEING FULLY VACCINATED?

You are considered fully vaccinated:

2 weeks (14 days) after an accepted single-dose vaccine

2 weeks (14 days) after your second dose of an accepted 2-dose series

2 weeks (14 days) after you received the full series of an active (not placebo) COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S.-based AstraZeneca or Novavax COVID-19 vaccine trials

2 weeks (14 days) after you received 2 doses of any “mix-and-match” combination of accepted COVID-19 vaccines administered at least 17 days apart*

 

Accepted COVID-19 Vaccines

  • Janssen/J&J
  • Pfizer-BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • AstraZeneca
  • Covishield
  • BIBP/Sinopharm
  • Sinovac

 

How the 14 days are calculated:

Your last dose must have been given a full 14 days before the day you board your flight to the United States.

You are considered fully vaccinated on the 14th day after the vaccination series was completed. For example, if your last dose was any time on October 1st, then October 15th would be the first day that you meet the 14-day requirement.

 

WHAT ARE THE TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS FOR CHILDREN?

Children under 18 are excepted from the vaccination requirement for foreign national travelers, given both the ineligibility of some younger children for vaccination, as well as the global variability in access to vaccination for older children who are eligible to be vaccinated.

 

Children between the ages of 2 and 17 are required to take a pre-departure test.
If traveling with a fully vaccinated adult, an unvaccinated child can test three days prior to departure (consistent with the timeline for fully vaccinated adults). If an unvaccinated child is traveling alone or with unvaccinated adults, they will have to test within one day of departure.

 

WHY DO WE NEED YOUR DOCUMENTS?

The CDC is also issuing a Contact Tracing Order that requires all airlines flying into the United States to keep on hand – and promptly turn over to the CDC, when needed – contact information that will allow public health officials to follow up with inbound air travelers who are potentially infected or have been exposed to someone who is infected.

 

All air passengers to the United States will also be required to provide contact information to airlines before boarding flights to the United States. This strengthens a travel process already in place to rapidly identify and contact people in the U.S. who may have been exposed to a communicable disease, such as COVID-19. Access to travelers’ contact information will allow U.S. federal, state, and local health departments, and agencies to share appropriate health and public health information necessary to help keep the public safe.

 

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/proof-of-vaccination.html#covid-vaccines

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/10/25/fact-sheet-biden-administration-releases-additional-detail-for-implementing-a-safer-more-stringent-international-air-travel-system/

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/noncitizens-US-air-travel.html

 

Last Update: December 2, 2021