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The Cove, Eleuthera, which just reopened its doors.

The Bahamas Has New Testing Rules for Travelers

By: Alexander Britell - December 26, 2021

Amid the recent Omicron-related jump in Covid cases around the world, The Bahamas has updated its testing rules for travelers, Caribbean Journal has learned. 

Effective Dec. 27, 2021 all travelers to The Bahamas now need to show proof of a negative test taken and received within 72 hours before arrival in The Bahamas. 

Vaccinated travelers can present either a rapid antigen test or a PCR test; unvaccinated travelers must present a PCR test. 

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The beach at The Reef, Atlantis.

On Jan. 7, 2022 The Bahamas will no longer accept antigen tests. 

That means all travelers, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to obtain proof of a negative PCR test taken and received within 72 hours prior to the date of arrival in The Bahamas. 

In a statement, The Bahamas’ Ministry of Tourism, Investments and Aviation said it had “taken note of the recent increase in COVID-19 cases around the world and is implementing new testing requirements for all persons entering The Bahamas as a precautionary effort to continue to keep the destination safe.”

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Pink Sand Beach on Harbour Island in The Bahamas.

The Bahamas has continued to see its tourism industry outperform much of the wider Caribbean region amid the pandemic. 

For more on how to visit The Bahamas. 

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