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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

Bimini

1. Every person traveling to The Bahamas is 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.

 

2. Unvaccinated Travelers are required to take a RT-PCR COVID-19 test that has been administered by an accredited lab, within 5 days of the arrival date, to apply for an International Trip Application.

 

Fully Vaccinated Travelers will be required 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 5 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.

Courtesy of the Association of Bahamas Marinas (ABM)

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.

New Providence / Nassau

1. Every person traveling to The Bahamas is 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.

 

2. Unvaccinated Travelers are required to take a RT-PCR COVID-19 test that has been administered by an accredited lab, within 5 days of the arrival date, to apply for an International Trip Application.

 

Fully Vaccinated Travelers will be required 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 5 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.

Courtesy of the Association of Bahamas Marinas (ABM)

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.

Exumas

1. Every person traveling to The Bahamas is 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.

 

2. Unvaccinated Travelers are required to take a RT-PCR COVID-19 test that has been administered by an accredited lab, within 5 days of the arrival date, to apply for an International Trip Application.

 

Fully Vaccinated Travelers will be required 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 5 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.

Courtesy of the Association of Bahamas Marinas (ABM)

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.

Abaco

1. Every person traveling to The Bahamas is 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.

 

2. Unvaccinated Travelers are required to take a RT-PCR COVID-19 test that has been administered by an accredited lab, within 5 days of the arrival date, to apply for an International Trip Application.

 

Fully Vaccinated Travelers will be required 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 5 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.

Courtesy of the Association of Bahamas Marinas (ABM)

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.

Eleuthera (Including Harbour Island)

1. Every person traveling to The Bahamas is 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.

 

2. Unvaccinated Travelers are required to take a RT-PCR COVID-19 test that has been administered by an accredited lab, within 5 days of the arrival date, to apply for an International Trip Application.

 

Fully Vaccinated Travelers will be required 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 5 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.

Courtesy of the Association of Bahamas Marinas (ABM)

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.

Grand Bahama

1. Every person traveling to The Bahamas is 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.

 

2. Unvaccinated Travelers are required to take a RT-PCR COVID-19 test that has been administered by an accredited lab, within 5 days of the arrival date, to apply for an International Trip Application.

 

Fully Vaccinated Travelers will be required 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 5 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.

Courtesy of the Association of Bahamas Marinas (ABM)

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

The CDC issued an Order requiring all air passengers arriving to the US from a foreign country to get tested no more than 3 days before their flight departs and to provide proof of the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. This Order will go into effect on January 26, 2021.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Does this requirement apply to US citizens?

This Order applies to all air passengers, 2 years of age or older, traveling into the US, including US citizens and legal permanent residents.

 

When do I need to get a test to travel to the US? And what kind of test do I need?

Get tested no more than 3 days (72 hours) before your flight to the US departs. Make sure to be tested with an antigen test to determine if you are currently infected with COVID-19. Also make sure that you receive your results before your flight departs and have documentation of your results to show the airline.

 

Do I still need a test if my trip is shorter than 3 days?

Yes, you will still need a test if your trip is shorter than 3 days. A viral test done in the US can be used to fulfill the requirements of the Order as long as the specimen was taken no more than 3 days before your return flight departs.

 

If your return travel is delayed longer than 3 days after your test, you will need to be retested before your return flight.

 

What if I recently recovered from COVID-19?

CDC does not recommend getting tested again in the three months after a positive viral test, as long as you do not have symptoms of COVID-19. If you have had a positive viral test in the past 3 months, and you have met the criteria to end isolation, you may travel instead with documentation of your positive viral test results and a letter from your healthcare provider or a public health official that states you have been cleared for travel. The positive test result and letter together are referred to as “documentation of recovery.”

 

Who is checking to make sure that people have a negative test or documentation of recovery before they board a plane to the US?

The airline will confirm a COVID-19 negative test result or documentation of recovery for all passengers before boarding.

 

What happens if I don’t take a test and want to travel to the US?

Air passengers traveling to the US are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery.  Airlines must confirm the negative test result or documentation of recovery for all passengers before boarding. If a passenger chooses not to provide a test result or documentation of recovery, the airline must deny boarding to the passenger.

 

What happens if I test positive?

People should self-isolate and delay their travel if symptoms develop or a pre-departure test result is positive until they have recovered from COVID-19. Airlines must refuse to board anyone who does not provide a negative test result for COVID-19 or documentation of recovery.

 

What is a verifiable test result?

A verifiable test result must be in the form of written documentation (paper or electronic copy) of a laboratory test result. Testing must be performed using a viral test (NAAT or antigen), and negative results must be provided to the airline prior to boarding. The test result documentation must include information that identifies the person, a specimen collection date and the type of test. A negative test result must show test was done within the 3 days before the flight. A positive test result must show the test was done within the 3 months before the flight.

 

What kind of documentation of my test result do I need to provide?

CDC requires that air passengers arriving in the US have a paper or electronic copy of their test result for review by the airline before you board and for potential review by public health officials after you arrive in the US.

 

If I tested negative before my flight, do I need to get another test when I get to the US?

CDC recommends that travelers get tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home or otherwise self-quarantine for 7 days after travel. Even if you test negative, stay home for the full 7 days. If you don’t get tested, it’s safest to stay home for 10 days. Always follow state and local recommendations or requirements related to travel.

All travelers (including those who have recovered from COVID-19) should remember to wear a maskstay at least 6 feet apart from people who are not in your household, and wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after blowing their nose, coughing, or sneezing and before eating. Travelers should look for symptoms of COVID-19, and take your temperature if you feel sick. Anyone sick with symptoms of COVID-19 should self-isolate and delay further travel.

 

When does this order take effect?

This Order will go into effect on January 26, 2021.

 

Does this order apply to all flights?  Or just commercial flights?

This order applies to all flights, including private flights and general aviation aircraft (charter flights). Passengers traveling by air into the US are required to have proof of testing regardless of flight type.

 

If I have one or more connecting flights to the US, does the 3-day period apply to the first flight or the last one?

If you are arriving on a direct flight to the US, your test must be done within the 3 days before your flight to the US departs. If you are arriving to the US via one or more connecting flights, your test must be done in the 3 days before the first flight in your itinerary, but only if the connecting flights were booked as a single passenger record with a final destination in the US and each connection (layover) is no longer than 24 hours long. If your connecting flight to the US was booked separately or a connection in your itinerary lasts longer than 24 hours, you will need to get tested within the 3 days before your flight that arrives in the US.

 

What happens if my flight is delayed and it goes over the 3-day limit for testing?

If your flight is delayed before departure, you will need to get re-tested if the delay causes your test to fall outside of the 3-day pre-departure testing period requirement.

 

If I am connecting through the US to another country, do I still need to get tested?

Yes.  Any flight entering the US, even for a connection, will require testing before departure.

 

What if I have had a COVID-19 vaccine?  Do I still need a negative COVID-19 test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19?

Yes, all air passengers traveling to the US, regardless of vaccination status, are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery.

 

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html

 

Last Update: January 26, 2021

To the US from The Bahamas

To the US from The Bahamas

New Entry Requirements for Air Travel into the United States

 

 

Starting on November 8, 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.

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 three days 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 departure.

 

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 three days of travel.

 

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: November 4, 2021