TRAVEL INFO

Ferry Options from Marsh Harbour to Hope Town:

G&L Transportation

The Ferry at the Crossing

(please visit their websites for the most up-to-date ferry schedules)

 

 

On October 31, 2020, the Bahamian government announced changes to its mandatory entry requirements.  Due to the nature of the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, entry, travel and health requirements for The Bahamas are subject to modification at any time. This Health Alert does not constitute a substitution of the official guidance of the Bahamian government, currently available at https://www.bahamas.com/tourism-reopening,https://www.bahamas.com/pressroom/islands-bahamas-announces-updated-travel-and-entry-protocolshttps://www.facebook.com/opmbs/ and  https://opm.gov.bs/.

 

Effective November 1, 2020, The Bahamas will require all travelers to:

1.     Obtain a COVID-19 RT PCR molecular diagnostic test five (5) days prior to arrival.  The name and address of the lab where the test was taken must be clearly displayed on the test result. 

2.     Apply for a Bahamas Health Travel Visa at travel.gov.bs.

3.     For the duration of the visit, complete a daily online health questionnaire for symptom tracking purposes.

4.     Take a COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test on Day 5 of the visit (unless departing on day 5 or sooner). More information is available here.

5.     Always wear a mask and always social distance in public places.

Additionally, effective November 14, 2020, all visitors will be required to opt-in to mandatory COVID-19 health insurance when applying for their Health Travel Visa. The insurance will cover travelers for the duration of their stay in The Bahamas.  Fees for the Bahamas Health Travel Visa, inclusive of Day 5 Rapid Antigen Test and mandatory health insurance, are announced as follows: as follows:

    • $40 – Visitors staying up to four nights and five days.
    • $40 – Citizens and returning residents.
    • $60 – Visitors staying more than four nights.
    • Free - Children 10 years and under

 Weekend lockdowns - New Providence (Nassau) and Abaco Islands and their surrounding islands and cays: Until further notice, 24-hour weekend lockdowns for New Providence (Nassau) and Abaco Islands and their surrounding islands and cays remain in place from Fridays at 8:00pm through the following Monday at 5:00 am. During weekend lockdowns only essential services will be open; airports and seaports will continue to operate without interruption to flights; all businesses including grocery stores*, pharmacies and gas stations will be closed. Exercise is permitted in one’s neighborhood from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. *Exception: In Abaco only, groceries stores are permitted to operate on Saturdays. 

Weeknight curfews – New Providence (Nassau), Grand Bahama and Abaco Islands and their surrounding islands and cays:   Until further notice, a curfew is in effect on New Providence (Nassau), Abaco and Grand Bahama on Mondays through Fridays from 8:00pm each night until 5:00am the following morning. During weekdays, exercise is permitted in one’s neighborhood from 5:00am to 8:00pm. 

Actions to Take: 

·      Check  http://bahamas.com/tourism-reopening  regularly for updates on travel requirements and https://www.bahamas.com/pressroom/protocols-entry-bahamas.

·      For questions, contact the Ministry of Tourism COVID-19 travel hotline at +1-242-502-0829 or healthvisa@bahamas.com, Monday through Friday during business hours.  

·      Follow the instructions and regulations coming from the Bahamian government; please consult https://www.facebook.com/opmbs/ and  https://opm.gov.bs/  for the latest information on COVID-19 from the Government of The Bahamas. 

·      Visit the U.S. Embassy COVID-19 Information Page for information on conditions in The Bahamas; this page will be updated when       

·      Consult the  CDC website  for the most up-to-date information and recommendations for travelers and high-risk populations.        

·      See the  CDC’s latest recommendations   for preventing the spread of COVID-19.          

·      Visit the  COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov    for the latest information.            

·      Visit the  Department of Homeland Security’s website  for up-to-date information on travel restrictions to the United States.              

  

For Assistance:  

U.S. Embassy Nassau, The Bahamas 

#42 Queen Street, Nassau 

+1-242-322-1181 

ACSNassau@state.gov 

U.S. Embassy Nassau webpage  

  

For U.S. Citizens in an Emergency:         

Call State Department - Consular Affairs at: 

1-888-407-4747 (when dialing from within the U.S.) 

+1 (202) 501-4444 (when dialing from overseas)