The Bahamas Ministry Of Tourism & Aviation has issued a statement in regards to closing its borders to passengers travelling from the U.S. due to the continued increase in COVID-19 cases in the United States, as well as an uptick in cases in The Bahamas.
The statement states that the Prime Minister, The Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis, has made the difficult decision to close borders to international commercial flights and commercial vessels carrying passengers from the United States. The order is effective as of Wednesday, July 22 at midnight. In addition, Bahamasair will cease outgoing flights to the United States, effective immediately.
Private flights and charters from the United States, as well as pleasure craft and yachts, will be permitted, and travellers from Canada, the United Kingdom and the European Union are exempt from the emergency order. All visitors are required to present a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test from a referenced lab, taken no more than 10 days prior to the date of travel.
Outgoing flights will be permitted to accommodate any current visitors scheduled to return to the United States after Wednesday, July 22.
Bahamas has confirmed 15 new cases for a total of 153 cases. 49 of the cases had been identified since the Bahamas reopened its borders on July 1. The US reported 65,279 new cases yesterday, Canada reported 339 cases of the coronavirus.
SOURCE: Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation | Cover Photo by Georgy Trofimov on Unsplash