Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investments & Aviation Statement on Updated Testing Protocols

NASSAU, Bahamas, 4 January 2022   The Bahamas has suspended the mandatory RT-PCR testing requirement for vaccinated travellers, which was expected to take effect on 7 January 2022. Vaccinated persons, as well as children ages 2-11, may continue to present either a negative Rapid Antigen Test or negative RT-PCR Test 

In addition, effective 4 January 2022, all persons remaining in The Bahamas for longer than 48 hours will be required to undergo a Rapid Antigen Test, regardless of vaccination status.  

Details of the protocol changes are as follows 

  • All those travelling to The Bahamas from other countries, whether fully vaccinated or unvaccinated, will be required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than three days (72 hours) prior to the date of arrival in The Bahamas. 
  • Vaccinated travellers and children between the ages of 2- 11, can present either a negative Rapid Antigen Test or RT-PCR Test. 

  • All unvaccinated travellers, ages 12 and older, must present a negative RT-PCR Test (acceptable tests include NAAT, PCR, RNA, RT-PCR and TMA). 

  • All children under the age of two are exempt from any testing requirements.  

  • 48 Hour COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test: Effective 4 January 2022, a Rapid Antigen Test will be required for all travellers staying in The Bahamas longer than 48 hours (two (2) nights), regardless of vaccination status.  

  • Visitors departing on or before 48 hours will not be required to obtain this test.  

  • This test replaces the existing Day-5 Rapid Antigen Test 

  • An island-by-island list of approved testing sites is available at Bahamas.com/travelupdates. 

For full details, please visit Bahamas.com/travelupdates.  

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PRESS INQUIRIES 

Anita Johnson-Patty 
General Manager, Global Communications 
Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation 
ajohnson@bahamas.com 

  

Weber Shandwick 
Public Relations 
Bahamas@webershandwick.com 

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