The Bahamian government has now revised the country’s Covid-19 protocols to make it easier for folks who are fully vaccinated against the disease to travel to and within the country.
Updated Protocols for Fully Vaccinated People
Effective immediately, anyone who’s been fully vaccinated and reached maximum immunity (i.e., two weeks have passed since your second vaccine) does not need to present a negative PCR Covid test result before entering or travelling within the Bahamas.
Note that Moderna, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca are the only vaccines being recognized at this time.
Fully vaccinated folks are not required to submit to a Rapid Antigen Covid test on the fifth day of their stay, nor must they complete a daily health questionnaire.
Note that while in the Bahamas, everyone — vaccinated or not — must observe social distancing and mask requirements.
How To Apply For Travel Health Visa if You’re Fully Vaccinated
Whether or not they have been vaccinated against Covid-19, all visitors and inter-island travellers must apply for a Bahamas Travel Health Visa at http://www.travel.gov.bs.
As of the writing of this blog post, the Bahamian government is still updating the visa application page to reflect these procedural changes. In the meantime, here’s how to complete the application if you’re fully vaccinated:
- Where it asks whether you’ve undergone a Covid test, indicate that you have received a PCR test
- Where it asks for your test date, just choose a date. (I chose May 1, the day I completed the application)
- When asked to upload your PCR test results, upload your vaccination record instead. Note that the name on your vaccine card must match the name on your passport.
- Enter “fully vaccinated” in any fields that ask for test information.