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Old 10-02-2020, 04:52 PM
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Who knows if this is the final regulation but here you go.....

Here is the full release:
The Government of The Bahamas Introduces New Travel and Testing Protocols Designed to Eliminate the Need to Quarantine
OCTOBER 2, 2020

NASSAU, Bahamas, 1st October 2020 – The Islands of The Bahamas remains committed to welcoming visitors to its shores and providing an exceptional tropical vacation coupled with our world famous warm and friendly hospitality, while, responsibly enforcing public health and safety measures to protect residents and visitors alike.

While 15th October is still set for the reopening of the tourism sector, until 31st October all incoming visitors must “Vacation in Place” for 14 days or the duration of stay, whichever is shorter, which means limiting the vacation experience to the grounds and amenities of a traveler’s hotel or accommodations. Beginning 1st November, The Bahamas will remove the mandatory “Vacation in Place” requirement for all visitors, returning citizens and residents thereby, enabling everyone to move about and explore the destination beyond the confines of their hotel or other accommodations.

The new protocols will require visitors, and returning citizens and residents to obtain a RT-PCR (swab) test no more than seven (7) days prior to their travel to The Bahamas.

In addition, and to ensure that travelers remain COVID free, a rapid antigen test will be conducted upon arrival, and then again four days (96 hours) after arrival in The Bahamas. Children ten (10) and under are exempt from taking a rapid antigen test.

Specifics are as follows:

Prior to Travel:

COVID-19 RT-PCR Test: All persons traveling to The Bahamas must obtain a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR (swab) test taken no more than seven (7) days prior to the date of arrival. The name and address of the lab, where the test was performed, must be clearly displayed on the test result.
Children ten (10) and under and pilots and crew of commercial airlines, who remain overnight in The Bahamas, are exempt from obtaining the RT-PCR test.
Bahamas Health Travel Visa: Once in possession of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test, all travelers will then be required to apply for a Bahamas Health Travel Visa at travel.gov.bs (click on the International Tab) where the required test must be uploaded.
The cost of the visa will depend on the length of stay.

Upon Arrival

Day of Arrival (Day One): Rapid Test – All persons entering The Bahamas, at an approved Port of Entry, will receive a Rapid COVID-19 antigen test.
If arriving by air, an approved Port of Entry will be: Nassau, Freeport, Marsh Harbour, North Eleuthera, Georgetown (Exuma), Bimini (and Cat Cay) and San Andros (Andros).

If arriving by sea, an approved Port of Entry will be: Nassau (Atlantis, Bay Street Marina, Lyford Cay, Albany and Nassau Yacht Haven); Grand Bahama (West End – Old Bahama Bay and Freeport – Lucaya); Abaco (Marsh Harbour Government Dock); Eleuthera (Spanish Wells Marina); Berry Islands (Chubb Cay Club); Bimini (Big Game Club and Cat Cay Club); Exuma (Georgetown Government Dock).

American Airlines has indicated that, beginning in late October, they wish to provide each passenger traveling to The Bahamas from Miami with a Rapid COVID-19 antigen test before boarding the plane. These passengers, along with the passengers of any other airlines wishing to provide a similar service, will not be required to complete the Rapid Test upon arrival in The Bahamas.

After Arrival

Day Five (96 hours after arrival): Rapid Test – All persons who entered The Bahamas, and who are staying longer than four nights and five days, will be required to take a second Rapid COVID-19 antigen test. To be clear, all visitors departing on Day Five will not be required to obtain this test.
The cost of the rapid tests on and after arrival will be included in the cost of the visa.

The rapid tests are easy, quick and will yield results in 20 minutes or less with results being provided electronically.

Many hotel properties will provide relevant information on testing arrangements, while others will facilitate the required rapid test for their guests.

All persons on yachts and other pleasure craft will be able to make arrangements for their required rapid tests at the port of entry or via the relevant website.

All other visitors, returning residents and citizens will be able to make arrangements for their required rapid tests at the port of entry or via the relevant website.

The On Island Experience:

All islands in The Bahamas require the wearing of masks and appropriate social distancing in public places.

The Bahamas has remained diligent in its efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19 throughout the islands, and these measures are imperative to ensure that remains the case. The health and wellbeing of both residents and visitors remain the number one priority of our public health officials. It is important to note, however, that due to fluidity of the COVID-19 situation, both in The Bahamas and worldwide, protocols are subject to change.
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Still too much trouble. Will go when / If they open it up all the way, no tests whatsoever.
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Old 10-03-2020, 06:33 AM
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Leave it to the Bahamas to screw things up again. I can live with spending an extra $200 per person for the 7 day covid test pre-arrival. I will also put up with another covid test upon arrival (Who pays for this test? How much? Is it going to be available? .

But coming back 96 hours later, spending the extra money and burning up a vacation day is too much. The Bahamas has managed to run off all tourists for the spring and summer and now will miss the Holiday season as well.

These people need to rethink this process.

My question is what happens if someone test positive at the 96 hour test meaning they contracted covid in the Bahamas? Are they going to be able to jump on an airline to head home. NOPE! Are they going to Nassau to medical facilities?????? Would you send you kid to the hospital in Nassau?
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Give a week and they will change it again.
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I haven’t gone since this started due t0 a variety of reasons, I was planning on going soon, especially now that getting results back here seem to be getting pretty easy to obtain, no way I’m relying on some Bahamian customs person to administer a test on me or my family, and at what cost?? Lol I’ll pass, and will wait till they scrap that
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Originally Posted by dpdash View Post
I haven’t gone since this started due t0 a variety of reasons, I was planning on going soon, especially now that getting results back here seem to be getting pretty easy to obtain, no way I’m relying on some Bahamian customs person to administer a test on me or my family, and at what cost?? Lol I’ll pass, and will wait till they scrap that
As usual, I agree with all of what you say. Add in travel just to get to my boat and there are too many variables and too much trouble. Besides, I’m saving a ton of money not running over there all the time. Lol

If you read what’s coming from Bahamian media it seems that just like here there are some who think they aren’t doing enough and some who think this is all bunk.
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I don't sea Spanish Cay or Green Turtle on the approved port of entry. Only place in the Abacos is Marsh is that correct?
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Iron worker, the problem you raised actually starts at the first rapid test. What happens when you get off a commercial flight in the islands and test positive. Delta is not letting you back on and flying you home. You are immediately in limbo. They should probably rapid test You before you board an aircraft and that would be more effective than the current protocol and not create uncertainties. You test positive you don’t enter bahamas. It’s not 100% but nothing is and that would open the doors to tourism.
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We tried key West for the first time this year and found it very enjoyable. No stress crossing the gulfstream, no customs and didn't have to pack the house. Looking to key West again until no restrictions for the Bahamas.
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Originally Posted by Brwilson11 View Post
Iron worker, the problem you raised actually starts at the first rapid test. What happens when you get off a commercial flight in the islands and test positive. Delta is not letting you back on and flying you home. You are immediately in limbo. They should probably rapid test You before you board an aircraft and that would be more effective than the current protocol and not create uncertainties. You test positive you don’t enter bahamas. It’s not 100% but nothing is and that would open the doors to tourism.
Actually several of the airlines said exactly that. They want to perform the rapid test before they board the aircraft. Which raises several problems. First the airlines don't want the liability. Two, the rapid test are not accurate. Three it leaves the people flying privately and boaters hanging out with no real alternative.

I don't see this last plan the Bahamas has come up with as a viable plan. They are trying to duplicate plans for states such as Hawaii which have far more sophisticated healthcare systems. IMO, the plan they opened up with in July is the plan they should stick with (use 7 days). Just require everyone to comply including Bahamians traveling to the US. Forget the rapid testing upon arrival and the 96 hour test.
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Does anybody think if and when the Bahamas finally open up it will reset the way tourists are treated? Last two years in Abaco
seemed to me the price of services have gone threw the roof.
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Originally Posted by Ironworker View Post
Leave it to the Bahamas to screw things up again. I can live with spending an extra $200 per person for the 7 day covid test pre-arrival. I will also put up with another covid test upon arrival (Who pays for this test? How much? Is it going to be available? .

But coming back 96 hours later, spending the extra money and burning up a vacation day is too much. The Bahamas has managed to run off all tourists for the spring and summer and now will miss the Holiday season as well.

These people need to rethink this process.

My question is what happens if someone test positive at the 96 hour test meaning they contracted covid in the Bahamas? Are they going to be able to jump on an airline to head home. NOPE! Are they going to Nassau to medical facilities?????? Would you send you kid to the hospital in Nassau?

Your points are all extremely valid, and have nothing to do with government policy. They reflect the inherent risk of international travel during a worldwide pandemic.

“What happens if I catch COVID on the flight over?”
-You will likely be stuck there until your are cleared. Are you able or willing to quarantine in a foreign country at personal expense for 2-3 weeks?

”What happens if I catch COVID on vacation in a foreign country with limited medical resources?”
-You could be in trouble if you encounter severe symptoms.

I think it’s you who need to rethink your thought processes. These are personal decisions that have risks to others associated with them. The government is looking out for its people. And this isn’t limited to just the Bahamas. There are plenty of countries that won’t even take US visitors at present time.
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Originally Posted by Deep Thoughts View Post

I think it’s you who need to rethink your thought processes. These are personal decisions that have risks to others associated with them. The government is looking out for its people. And this isn’t limited to just the Bahamas. There are plenty of countries that won’t even take US visitors at present time.
Up until Covid, I traveled more internationally annually that I spent time in the US and well aware of the risk and dangers of traveling. You are viewing the issue as just a health issue. The Bahamas are virtually completely dependent on tourism. No tourist, no money. The government is painfully aware that they must balance the health of their citizens with the livelihoods of their citizens just as every other country must do.

The Bahamas if bankrupt and soon many of its people will be bankrupt as well. Spend a little time researching how many Bahamians are in arrears on mortgage and utility bill payments. It will shock you or should.

I just don't see tourism rebounding given the new travel rules.
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Sad, just sad is all I can say
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Maybe another year - I will stay in Florida waters for this fall
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No thanks. I’ll keep my money here.
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They must not want our tourism dollars.
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Just put more restrictions on New Providence and Abaco it seems.

PM COMMUNICATION IN THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY HAPPENING NOW - NEW MEASURES FOR NEW PROVIDENCE AND ABACO
The new provisions will take effect Friday, October 9th at 7pm:
1. Full 24 hour weekend lockdowns - Fridays 7pm until 5am on Mondays;
2. There will be a full three day lockdown for the holiday weekend until 5am on Tuesday, October 13;
3. Only essential services such as uniformed branches, essential utility services will be able to operate;
4. Sea and airports will be able to operate; no flights will be affected;
5. Only one hour allowed for church on Saturdays and Sundays;
6. No food stores, pharmacies, laundromats, construction sites and gas stations will be able to operate;
7. Weekday curfew will be from 7pm-5am daily;
8. No social gatherings will be permitted at all
9. Confidential hotline to report social gatherings- 7029967-9;
10. Religious services may continue through the week following the guidelines of the Christin Council;
11. Ten people will be permitted to attend a funeral at the graveside; wakes and repasts will not be permitted not including the officiant;
12. Ten people can be at a wedding not including the officiant;
13. Only virtual schooling for NP and Abaco
14. Beaches and parks will be closed
15. Exercise on the weekend in your yard; gyms will be closed;
16. Only take away, curbside and delivery services for restaurants;
17. All retail will be curbside except for food stores; gas stations can not provide in store service;
18. All fines will be doubled
19. Businesses who violate the orders will be fined, on the second violation, they will be closed for 14 days;
20. Measures have no effect on air travel;
The prime minister encouraged telework and a shift system to avoid large numbers in the workplace.
Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said the hospitals are full and the medical teams have been pushed to full capacity in New Providence. He said his government uses science and data and listens to the recommendations coming from health officials.
The current situation in New Providence and Abaco requires new restrictions, he told Parlimentarians. He said no one likes complete lockdowns or full restrictions. Dr. Minnis said lockdowns are hard on family life, businesses and finances.
Prime Minister Minnis said earlier that Grand Bahama has done well and they can return to more normalcy. He encouraged them however to continue to wear their masks and social distance.
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Have no intention of going - planned to go this summer & fall but nope won't.

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