For the Bahamas
In light of the rapidly changing guidance from The Bahamas Ministry of Health, we wanted to inform you of the current protocols to ensure you have a good travel experience and are aware of the testing requirements.
It is said that time flies…here we are a few short weeks away from the beginning of our Conference.
In order for you to have a pleasant travel experience, please see the below instructions for COVID-19 testing and applying for a health visa to travel to the Bahamas:
1. You and any guests traveling in your party must be PCR tested NO MORE THAN 5 days before your date of departure.
When making your appointment to get tested, you should ask for the exact turn around time of PCR test results as they vary depending on location; however, we recommend getting tested exactly 5 days before your date of departure because the PCR test results typically take up to 72 hours to process. We also recommend uploading those results as soon as you receive them as the Health Visa takes anywhere from 24 – 48 hours to process. The cost of your health visa depends on the number of nights you are staying in the Bahamas:
Visitors staying up to four nights & five days – $40
You can check on the status of your health visa on your account, but ultimately you will be notified by email once the visa has been approved.
Please be advised that the Bahamas requires all visitors ages 10 and older to be PCR tested regardless of vaccination status.
Should you have any questions please contact Francesca Castiglione, Assistant Program Director.
We look forward to seeing you in the Bahamas!
The Government of the Bahamas requires all visitors, except children ten (10) and under, to obtain a negative RT-PCR (swab) test no more than five (5) days prior to arriving in The Bahamas. The name and address of the lab where the test was performed must be clearly displayed on the test result. Once you obtain a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test, you are then required to apply for a Bahamas Health Travel Visa at “travel.gov.bs” where the negative test result must be uploaded. All travelers must obtain a Bahamas Health Travel Visa prior to their departure for The Bahamas.
Upon arrival at the Baha Mar, prior to check-in all guests will undergo a rapid antigen test. Once the test is complete, guests will be directed to check-in and then proceed to their room, where they are required to remain until test results are available, which usually takes 30 minutes. Guests who have a negative test result will be given a wristband and permitted to enjoy the property. If the test result is positive, the guest will be subject to a RT-PCR test and required to stay in their room until result of that test is available, which is usually within 3 hours.
Through its “Travel with Confidence Program,” the Baha Mar is offering guests who test positive a courtesy private jet service back to the South Florida for the guest and his or her immediate family or a free stay during the quarantine period. Guests who quarantine will be provided with courtesy suite accommodations and a daily resort dining credit of $150 per person per day, for up to 14 days or until the guest receives a negative COVID-19 result.
It is currently unclear how the Travel with Confidence Program’s courtesy private jet service to South Florida interacts with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) guidelines for COVID-positive individuals traveling to the United States. For more information, you should reach out to the Baha Mar.
Departing for the
The CDC now requires all air passengers coming to the United States (including United States citizens) have a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of their recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight in the United States. The negative test result must occur no more than 3 days before travelling to the United States. You can make arrangements at the Baha Mar to receive a test before you leave for the airport.
Arriving in the
Due to the risk of exposure to COVID, the CDC requires travelers to quarantine upon arriving to the United States from international travel. The CDC recommends you get tested 3-5 days after travel and quarantine for a full 7 days, even if you test negative. If you test positive, you should isolate in accordance with federal, state, and local guidelines.
There are varying guidelines among States when it comes to quarantining upon returning from travel and options to “test out” of the full quarantine period. You should periodically check the state and local guidance to learn how long you are required to quarantine.
For your convenience and more detailed information, we have attached a copy of the Bahamas Entry Protocols and the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar Testing Protocols. You will find fees listed for the Bahamas Health Travel Visa and mandatory health insurance on the “Bahamas’ Entry Protocols.” American Alliance Conference Ltd. will reimburse Bahamas Health Travel Visa fees upon receiving your receipts.
For your convenience more information can be found on the sites below:
- CDC’s Guidance for International Travel during COVID-19 or Possible Exposure: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/international-travel-during-covid19.html
- CDC COVID-19 in the Bahamas: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/ notices/covid-3/coronavirus-the-bahamas
- Baha Mar Travel with Confidence Program: https://bahamar.com/travelwith-confidence/
These guidelines are subject to change and although we will update you with any such changes, you are encouraged to periodically check The Bahamas Ministry of Health’s and CDC’s websites for updated information.