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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 Monday, December 13, 2021, only Non-Bahamian Residents and Citizens traveling to The Bahamas are required to create a profile, submit an international trip application, be accepted, then purchase the Travel Health Visa in order to receive the approved Health Visa for their trip to The Bahamas. Visit travel.gov.bs to start this process. Bahamian Citizens and Residents no longer require the Bahamas Travel Health Visa.

 

2. Unvaccinated Travelers are required to take a RT-PCR COVID-19 test that has been administered by an accredited lab, within 3 days of the arrival date.

 

Fully Vaccinated Travelers will be required to take a RT-Antigen OR PCR COVID-19 test that has been administered by an accredited lab, within 3 days of the arrival date.

 

Non-Bahamian Citizens or Residents need to upload their Vaccination Card along with a negative RT-PCR Test result or a Rapid Antigen Test result during The Bahamas Travel Health Visa trip application process. They can submit their vaccination card once they have received the required doses of the COVID-19 Vaccine administered to them. Travelers must also be past the 2 week immunity period to apply using a vaccination card.

 

3. All children between the ages of 2 – 11 years old, who will be entering The Bahamas, will be required to upload a negative COVID-19 test result (Rapid Antigen or RT-PCR), within 3 days before travel.

 

4. Children younger than 2 years old, or pilots and crew of a commercial airline who are not staying more than one night in The Bahamas are exempt from the RT-PCR COVID-19 test/Vaccination Card upload requirement.

The Bahamas Travel Visa Includes:

  • Trip Interruption up to $7,000 ($500 per day)
  • Medical Evacuation up to $50,000 (Does include return to place of residence if advised in writing by Legally Qualified Physician; Transportation must be pre-approved by Program Medical Advisor
  • Eligibility determined by Positive Rapid test followed by positive PCR test results

 

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”

 

Bahamas Travel Visa Terms and Conditions have been updated to the latest requirements including RT (Rapid Test) for vaccinated guests.

 

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

 

 

Non-citizen, non-immigrant air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination status alongside their negative test result prior to boarding an airplane to fly to the U.S.

 

ALL US Residents and Citizens will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 Test result within ONE day of travel starting December 6th, 2021.

WHO DOES THIS AFFECT?

Category 1: US Citizens, US Nationals, Lawful Permanent Residents, Immigrants

Category 2: Non US-Citizens, Non-US Nations, Nonimmigrants

 

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW?

Category 1:

Fully Vaccinated US Citizens, US Nationals, Lawful Permanent Residents, and Immigrants: need to produce a negative COVID-19 test result within ONE day of travel.

OR

Unvaccinated US Citizens, US Nationals, Lawful Permanent Residents, and Immigrants: will now need to produce a negative COVID-19 test result within ONE day of travel.

 

Category 2:

Non-US-Citizens, Non-US Nations, Nonimmigrants: Need to provide proof of full vaccination status with an official document that was issued by an official source in the country where the vaccine was given and match the name and date of birth to the passenger. Also need to produce a negative COVID-19 test result within ONE day of travel (effective December 6, 2021).

 

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