Recommencing Bahamas yacht charter from the 15th June
Phase 1 of re-opening the external borders will allow for the entry of yacht charter vessels into The Bahamas’ cruising grounds. Scheduled flights will not be permitted at this stage though private aviation will be, enabling yacht charter guests to fly in and meet their charter yacht. A travel health declaration form must be submitted prior to arrival as well as a COVID-19 negative test result must also be completed. All mandatory quarantine measures have been removed for visitors meeting these criteria.
Further opening of borders from the 1st July
From 1st July, the entry criteria to The Bahamas will be further reduced and no testing will be required. However, visitors will still need to complete a travel health declaration form prior to their arrival.
Updated 18/6/20: The Government of Bahamas has indicated in a Cabinet meeting on 17/6/20 that they will now require a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result even after the 1st July until further notice. Children under (2) years of age are exempt.
What Yacht Charter guests should expect
Tourists should expect to follow The Bahamas’ “Healthy Traveler Campaign” that encourages both visitors and residents to continue practicing social distancing measures, regularly wash hands or use hand sanitizers, and pack appropriate PPE such as face masks, just as they would their swimsuits and sunscreen.
At Bahamas’ airports and seaports, temperature screenings for all incoming visitors will be conducted by healthcare personnel. Travelers will be required to wear a face mask in any situation where it is necessary to enforce physical distancing guidelines, such as when entering and transiting air and sea terminals, while navigating security and customs screenings, and at baggage claim. When departing, flights will be scheduled to every other gate to provide as much distance between flights as possible, and greater time will be provided for boarding to ensure that physical distancing can be maintained.
Other health and safety procedures will also be present throughout the on-island experiences. These new procedures have been intentionally designed to provide a comfort level that The Bahamas is a safe and healthy destination to visit, with the ultimate goal to remain that way.