Evading to the Caribbean is a little easier, as the Bahamas streamlined some aspects of the immigration process for tourists arriving in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
Starting November 1, all visitors must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 RT PCR test five days prior to arrival, apply and pay a small health insurance premium through Thi Bahamas Health Travel realities and submit daily online health questionnaires about potential tracking symptoms.
Tourists are also required to undergo rapid antigen testing on their fifth day in the Bahamas (if they stay longer than 5 days) and agree to wear a mask and respect social alienation in public places.
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The Bahamas Department of Tourism and Aviation announced the changes on Saturday, just before the Caribbean nation lifted quarantine restrictions on tourists and returning residents on Nov. 1. the last day of the “On-site Vacation” policy, which requires visitors to comply with the property and amenities of their hotel or other accommodation for 14 days, or for the duration of the trip, if shorter, after travel reopened on October 15.
“The Bahamas remain diligent in their efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 across the islands and these measures are imperative to ensure that still happens,” the Bahamas government said of the latest steps . “The health and well-being of both residents and visitors remains the number one priority for public health officials.”
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In the future, officials emphasize that the protocol may change due to the evolving nature of COVID-19.
The island nation closed its borders with Americans for the first time in July following an increase in coronavirus infections in the United States.
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