Is it true the Bahamas are closed to US tourists again? After a spike in Covid-19 cases, on July 19, Prime Minister Hubert Minnis announced the re-closure of the Bahamas to US tourists, put a curfew back in place (between 7pm and 5am) and the closed restaurants with indoor dining and bars.
As reported by the Miami Herald (and numerous other outlets), the announcement was in response to what Minnis says is “exponential deterioration” since reopening the borders less than three weeks ago.
Bahamas Border Closure Effective Immediately
Effective immediately all sea ports and airports are closed to inbound tourists from the US. Tourists from Canada, the UK, and the EU will still be permitted as long as they can show proof of a negative Covid test (RT PCR) from an accredited testing facility taken within 10 days of arrival. By Wednesday, July 22 Americans who are visiting the Bahamas will be required to leave. How the airlines will react to this change, whether there are change fees, etc. remains to be seen.
In order to keep the Covid-19 numbers at a manageable level, some islands (including Grand Bahama) are closing beaches and banning gatherings of religious services, weddings, funerals, etc. beginning Monday July 20.
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