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The Bahamas has mandated that all international tourists aged 18 or older obtain a Bahamas Travel Health Visa before arrival to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It is an entry requirement to enter The Bahamas for everyone, including U.S. citizens. The travel health visa application is online, requires a negative COVID-19 test, and takes up to 96 hours (or four business days) to process. Vaccinated travelers that have passed the two (2) week immunity period do not have to submit any negative COVID-19 test reports.
Important Update as of September 21, 2021
In light of the recent changes, the processing times for The Bahamas Health Visa is running into more than 100 hours (4+ days), with
We will walk you thru a step-by-step tutorial to obtain a Bahamas Health Visa. The Health Visa Application Process is divided into four steps, needs to be done pre-departure, and roughly takes 20 minutes to finish:
For those traveling with families, this guide explains how to apply for a Bahamas Health Visa for your family. Several families have expressed concerns that their kids' visas are not being approved on time. To get everyone's visas on time, use
You can now submit a Bahamas Health Visa in under 5 minutes on Atlys.
If your visa is still pending, Atlys can help too.
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Each member of your family is required to get a Bahamas Health Visa, including young children. To learn more about applying for a Bahamas Health Visa for your family, check out this guide.
Go to the Bahamas Travel Health Visa website and select ‘International.’
Start by creating an account. All adult travelers will need to create an account each as well. You cannot have one account for your entire group. The visa requirements include a valid passport, test, and accurate trip details.
In the next step, enter your passport details. Select your Bahamas Immigration Status as Visitor, and upload your Passport Information Page (this is the page bearing your personal information such as first & last names). If you’ve dual nationality, put your nationality as the country you reside in. While not evident, ensure your passport is not expiring within six months. That can increase the chances of rejection.
In steps 3 and 4, enter your personal & residential details. This is your home address and not where you'll be staying in the Bahamas. Next, you’ll have to check all, if any, health conditions you have. This is required since your Bahamas Travel Health Visa includes COVID-19 insurance.
Finally, share details of your Emergency contact. This can be a family member, friend, or even a travel agent. The Bahamas authorities might contact this person in case of an emergency.
If you are traveling with children under age eighteen (18), you’re required to create a profile for each child. This entails uploading their valid passport and sharing personal details.
Select ‘Traveling with Children’ on the dashboard.
Select ‘Add a child’ for each child traveling with you.
Enter the child’s details and upload their travel document.
Children eighteen (18) years or older are required to have their own profile. Children between ages two (2) and eleven (11) must submit a negative COVID-19 test. The test can either be rapid or PCR. In addition, anyone older than eleven (11) years of age is required to upload a negative RT-PCR test if they're not fully vaccinated. Use this tool to get a personalized timetable for getting covid-19 tests.
Finally, you have to add details about your upcoming trip and upload a negative negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test. This is a mandatory requirement to submit the Bahamas Health Visa application form. The Bahamas only accepts Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines. You can put the lab as "CDC." If you're unsure about "COVID-19 Vaccine Slot Number", we recommend using Atlys since the software would scan and automatically figure out your vaccine slot number without you having to spend time doing that.
Select ‘Add Trip’ from the dashboard and choose ‘International,’ and enter details about your trip:
A COVID-19 Rapid or PCR negative test result within 5 days of your departure to the Bahamas is required for vaccinated travelers. For unvaccinated travelers, only RT-PCR tests are accepted. The format needs to be in PDF, PNG, or JPEG - use this free tool to convert your test report to those file formats. In addition, the lab report should indicate the address & phone number of the lab and your name. Use this tool to understand which type of test do you need to get.
A traveler recently reported a visa rejection. "They denied our first application because our letters from our health clinic didn’t have the name of the lab/facility with address and phone number listed on the letterhead. Also, make sure your letter has date tested, what kind of test, your name, and date of birth."
COVID-19 tests can be quite expensive. To save money, we recommend scheduling appointments at local city- or state-hosted government testing sites. They're usually drive-thru and free (or very cheap). Travelers getting tests from government-hosted sites save $120, on average. These are official state-government-run health portals where you can find COVID-19 testing sites. Those run by the state (if any) are free:
Verify all information and submit. You’ve to create a new ‘trip’ on the dashboard for any child you’re traveling with.
If your test results haven't come yet, the only way to submit a Bahamas Health Visa application is thru
The trip status will change to ‘Pending.' This means that your Bahamas Health Visa is in an automatic review queue. It will be either accepted or rejected. You do not have to pay until you receive an acceptance.
It can take up to a hundred (100) hours to review your application. Once your trip is reviewed and approved, you can obtain your Travel Visa after payment. You do not have to pay for the Bahamas Travel Visa until your application is approved. After you pay, you will receive your visa, which is a QR code.
We've heard from many travelers that their visas haven't been approved in close to 110 hours (4+ days). In such cases, it's advisable to call the Bahamas Travel Compliance Unit on (242) 502-0829. The waiting times can be as long as four (4) hours, but once you get a hold of them, they act swiftly and usually approve your visa right away. Unfortunately, the contact number might not work if your phone carrier does not support international calls. If you wish to save that time, use
Helpful tip - while the number starts with +1, cellular networks consider it an international call. Therefore, we advise buying an international plan beforehand to avoid paying hundreds of dollars in phone bills. For those who haven't received a visa in more than twenty-four (24) hours, we suggest first emailing them instead.
You can pay using most credit & debit cards online. If you're traveling in a group, you can save up to $50 on the visa cost if you use
$40 - Returning citizens/residents of The Bahamas
$40 - Citizens and residents from the USA & Canada staying up to four nights
$60 - Citizens and residents from the USA & Canada staying more than four nights
$50 - Citizens and residents from all other countries staying up to four nights
$70 - Citizens and residents from all other countries staying more than four nights
Free - Children 10 years and under
Exempted – Pilot/crew of commercial airlines who remain overnight in The Bahamas
Once you pay, you can expect to see your Travel Visa available immediately on your dashboard. Please save a copy to your phone or print it and show it upon arrival in the Bahamas.
COVID-19 health insurance is included in the cost of your visa. The full details are available here, and the main benefits include:
Wondering what happens if you are infected with COVID-19? Read this discussion.
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The decision depends on various factors, such as meeting all COVID-19 testing requirements, uploading an authentic report, and your recent international travel history. If your application is denied, you may contact the Bahamas Travel Compliance Unit at firstname.lastname@example.org or call them on +1 (242) 502-0829. Alternatively, contact Atlys, and we'll help you.
All vaccinated travelers need to get a Rapid or PCR test within 5 days of departure.
Unvaccinated travelers are required to get a mandatory Rapid Antigen test on the fifth day of their trip. An approved testing center must administer rapid Antigen tests. You can find approved testing centers here. The fees for tests are included as part of the visa cost. Failure to take a rapid antigen test on the 5th day can result in a $1,000 fine, one-month imprisonment, or both.
Unvaccinated Travelers who test positive are required to take another RT-PCR test at their expense. Upon a positive RT-PCR report, travelers may choose to (1) leave the destination via approved medical transportation (using either insurance or personal resources if they have a medical necessity as stated in the terms and conditions of the Health Insurance), or (2) begin quarantining at their place of stay for a 14-day period, or length of stay.
On arrival and for a maximum of 14-days, or the duration of stay, you will be required to answer the Bahamas Daily Health Questionnaire. Vaccinated travelers are exempt from taking the daily survey. For unvaccinated travelers staying longer than four (4) nights, a Rapid Antigen test on day five (5) of your visit is required.
We also recommend taking a copy of your negative COVID-19 test result, hand sanitizer, and enough face masks to prevent unexpected issues in the Bahamas.
If your visa is rejected, you will get an email indicating the reason. Usually, it is easy to rectify and apply again. Common reasons include invalid tests, results not being conclusive, and lack of information.
What are some common causes of rejection?
Based on our data, these are common causes of rejection:
Is Bahamas Travel Visa free of charge?
No, the Bahamas Travel Visa is not free for travelers aged 11 or older.
Where to get a Bahamas Travel Visa from?
You can get the Bahamas Visa electronically here.
Can I get a Bahamas Travel Visa-on-arrival?
No, it is not possible to get the Bahamas Travel Health Visa on arrival.
Do vaccinated travelers need to take the Rapid Antigen test on day 5?
No, vaccinated travelers are exempt from that requirement.
What does it mean to be “fully vaccinated”?
A traveler is considered fully vaccinated if it has been two weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer, Moderna, or AstraZeneca vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.
What vaccines are recognized by the Bahamas? Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen or AstraZeneca. Other vaccines are not recognized, and those travelers should upload an RT-PCR test instead.
Can I board my flight if my visa is pending?
While that depends on the airline, you will not be allowed entry unless your visa is approved.
Yes, a COVID test is required to return to the US. Here is a guide on how to get a COVID-19 test in the Bahamas for re-entry into the United States.
What's it like to visit the Bahamas during COVID-19?
Read this wonderful experience shared by a traveler who recently visited the Bahamas.
For more questions, check out the Atlys discussion forum on the Bahamas Health Visa.
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