The Bahamas Closes Its Borders to US Travelers

  

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Via:  flynavy1  •  3 weeks ago  •  18 comments

By:   Laurie Baratti

The Bahamas Closes Its Borders to US Travelers
...due to the amount of new COVID-19 cases The Bahamas has made the call to close its airports and seaports to passengers coming from the United States.

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The Bahamas reopened tourism to all on July 1, however, due to the amount of new   COVID-19   cases   The Bahamas   has made the call to close its airports and seaports to passengers coming from the United States.

The change will go into effect starting at midnight on Wednesday, July 22.

In a nationwide address made earlier today, the Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis stated that the islands’ national carrier, Bahamasair, will be discontinuing all outbound flights to the U.S. immediately, reported the   Miami Herald .

Other outgoing commercial flights, however, will still be allowed to repatriate U.S. visitors who’d been scheduled to leave The Bahamas after July 22.

Bahamian residents and visitors, says the   official website , will still be permitted to enter the islands when arriving by private international flights and charters, yachts and pleasure craft.

Minnis, who has also taken on the role of acting health minister since May, remarked: “Regrettably, the situation here at home has already deteriorated since we began the reopening of our domestic economy. It has deteriorated at an exponential rate since we reopened our international borders.”

Visitors originating from Canada, the United Kingdom and the European Union will still be welcomed, as long as they fulfill a few requirements. Prior to departure, foreign travelers must fill out an online   Health Visa form , which may take up to 72 hours to process, and so should be submitted within an adequate time frame.

Approved Health Visas are issued a “green” confirmation, proof of which will need to be shown at airport check-in and upon arrival in the country.

They’ll also need to provide the negative results of a COVID-19 PCR Test, from an approved lab and drawn no more than ten days prior to the date of their intended arrival in The Bahamas (children under the age of ten are exempted).

Test results will need to be uploaded via the Health Visa portal, as well as presented in person upon arrival at the airport, where they will also be temperature-screened.

Everyone is required to   wear masks   during travel and throughout the entry process, and anyone displaying symptoms of the virus will be transferred by Bahamian health personnel for further evaluation, testing and possible quarantine. No self-quarantine period is required for those who pass their health checks and are granted entry into The Bahamas.


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FLYNAVY1
1  seeder  FLYNAVY1    3 weeks ago

Wow.... fifty years ago when we embraced science, we could go to the moon.

Today, under Trump's leadership and the rejection of science by his followers, we can't even go to the Bahamas...... 

 
 
 
Greg Jones
1.1  Greg Jones  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @1    3 weeks ago

And you think Biden would be an improvement.   jrSmiley_10_smiley_image.gif

Give us 5 reasons why Biden would be better at solving this crisis than Trump.

I'm gonna stick with a winner, we don't need any more stinkin' anarchy and left wing lunacy in this country than we already have.

 
 
 
FLYNAVY1
1.1.1  seeder  FLYNAVY1  replied to  Greg Jones @1.1    3 weeks ago

So 140,000 dead Americans that happened on Trump's watch.....(and counting...!) is your idea of winning?

Again.... remind me Greg, how many died due to Ebola and H1N1 while Biden was in office? 

Here.... I'll help...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_swine_flu_pandemic_in_the_United_States

The  U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  (CDC) estimates there were 60.8 million cases, 274,000 hospitalizations, and 12,469 deaths in the United States due to the virus. [117]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ebola_virus_cases_in_the_United_States

Deaths 2 [2]

 
 
 
Tessylo
1.1.2  Tessylo  replied to  Greg Jones @1.1    3 weeks ago

If you think tRump is a winner, I'd hate to see your definition of a loser.  

 
 
 
Krishna
1.2  Krishna  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @1    3 weeks ago
we can't even go to the Bahamas...... 

nor Europe:

EU Confirms Ban On American Travelers As US Scrambles To Contain Coronavirus

THE EU IS EASING RESTRICTIONS TO REJUVENATE TOURISM

Citizens from 14 nations, including Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and China — subject to a pending reciprocal agreement — will all be allowed entry for the first time since March as the EU attempts to rejuvenate the continent’s vital tourism industry.

Despite the pressing economic need, though, the EU has judged that allowing US travelers back in is too risky. .

President Trump repeatedly downplayed the severity of the pandemic, claiming in February, for example, that the virus was “very much under control”; that the US would “pretty soon” have just a handful of cases; and that the disease would disappear “like a miracle.”

Months later, the US now has more than 2.5 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 126,000 deaths, making it the worst-hit nation in the world . . .   ( Read it all)

 
 
 
Krishna
1.2.1  Krishna  replied to  Krishna @1.2    3 weeks ago
Having been to most islands in the Caribbean you aren't missing anything. The Bahamas are a bore. Not much to do but sit on the beach, culturally inadequate for my style of travel.

And Europe is even worse!

Having been to many countries in the Europe you aren't missing anything. Europe is a bore.  Not much to do but look at old tourist sites, old museums,old  castles and other very old buildings (most of which are in a state of disrepair due to their Socialist governments), very old towns, boring scenery etc--, culturally inadequate for any style of travel!!!

 
 
 
Release The Kraken
2  Release The Kraken    3 weeks ago

Having been to most islands in the Caribbean you aren't missing anything. The Bahamas are a bore. Not much to do but sit on the beach, culturally inadequate for my style of travel.

 
 
 
Tessylo
2.1  Tessylo  replied to  Release The Kraken @2    3 weeks ago

Sounds like sour grapes to me

 
 
 
FLYNAVY1
2.1.1  seeder  FLYNAVY1  replied to  Tessylo @2.1    3 weeks ago

Actually, I have to agree with BF on this one..... Been to the Bahamas, and see no real need to go back.

That being said........ because of the shit-show we have for leadership in the WH..... Americans are now considered a modern day "Typhoid Mary" by the world.

 
 
 
Tessylo
2.1.2  Tessylo  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @2.1.1    3 weeks ago

To each their own . . . 

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
2.1.3  Trout Giggles  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @2.1.1    3 weeks ago

But I want to go to Atlantis where I can sit on the beach and get drunk all day then sit in a casino and get drunk all night.

And I can kayak with dolphins

 
 
 
Kathleen
2.2  Kathleen  replied to  Release The Kraken @2    3 weeks ago

I am not crazy about the Bahama's either. When my luggage was delivered to my room, someone had tried to saw through my heavy plastic name tags. It was almost sawed off, I guess they had to stop before they got caught and they did not make it in time.

 
 
 
Krishna
2.2.1  Krishna  replied to  Kathleen @2.2    3 weeks ago
I am not crazy about the Bahama's either. When my luggage was delivered to my room, someone had tried to saw through my heavy plastic name tags. It was almost sawed off, I guess they had to stop before they got caught and they did not make it in time.

Well, I've heard stories of that happening in the U.S. occasionally as well... 

However, I don't like the Bahamas (or for that matter any of the Carribean islands I've been to).

The ones I've been to are all pretty much the same-- island with decent sandy beaches (Although personally I prefer the barrier beaches along the U,S east coast. The main street in town is lined with duty free liquor stores and souvenirs -- "native handicrafts" and touristy T-shirts. Different islands sell the same garbage -- except they put a different island name on the identical objects.

Other than lying on the beach all day-- buying cheap souvenirs, or going out to eat (or on some island nighclubs and even gambling) my experience of carribbean island is that they're the most boring tourist destinations I've seen.

Jamaica's a little different-- their native culture is unique. But still... The French side if St Martin a bit better because of the French culture...probably also Martinique and Guadalupe-- although I've only been to the Club Med in Martinique.. (The "Dutch" side of is like being in a U.S. beach town..only not as nice).

I also stayed at the Club Med on Paradise Island in the  Bahamas. 

The only one that intrigues me is Cuba as apparently they do have a unique culture.. I'd like to go there when their government changes.

 
 
 
lady in black
2.2.2  lady in black  replied to  Krishna @2.2.1    3 weeks ago

My late husband and I loved Jamaica (Ocho Rios) and the Bahamas (Nassau).  We went to Jamaica twice and the Bahamas once.  We stayed at a Sandals resort all three times.  

 
 
 
Krishna
2.2.3  Krishna  replied to  lady in black @2.2.2    3 weeks ago

Well its possible that what you liked was The Bahamas-- but it might also have been that what you really loved was Sandals!

I've never been to one, but from I've seen on their TV ads it looks like a great place.

I think that with some of the better resort chains, it almost doesn't matter too much what country they're in-- because the resort itself is so top notch.

(I've only been to two Club Meds-- but my guess is that their clubs all over the world would have that same amazing "Club Med vibe"*)

*P.S; A friend of mine (who's fluent in both French and English) used to be the secretary of the head of Club Med in all of North America. She recently told me that its not as wonderful as it used to be-- as it was when I went to them so many years ago).

 
 
 
Kathleen
2.2.4  Kathleen  replied to  Krishna @2.2.1    3 weeks ago

A few months after my mom passed away, my husband wanted to take me on a little trip. He said it was the Bahamas, but he did not tell me where. My sister in law and her husband came too. They all knew, then when we got there he told me it was the Atlantis.  That was one of the best things about the trip. It’s beautiful inside and the rooms are really nice. We may take our daughter there one day. We stayed for 5 days, it’s rather expensive for any longer.  Yes, now that I think back, it was worth it.  I just didn’t like the luggage thing.

Looks like you traveled a lot. We have not been on s cruise yet, maybe we can see some of those areas you mentioned.

 
 
 
FLYNAVY1
2.2.5  seeder  FLYNAVY1  replied to  Kathleen @2.2.4    3 weeks ago

When you can safely do it, do a cruise.  I would suggest either an Eastern Med cruise or one of the British Isles.  I think cruises are the most economic and simple ways to see several cities at one time.  It can give you a "taste" of the culture.  Enough of one to decide if you want make a longer trip to investigate that city or country more in depth.

 
 
 
Kathleen
2.2.6  Kathleen  replied to  FLYNAVY1 @2.2.5    3 weeks ago

I heard they are cheaper then trying to fly there.  I just have to make sure I take something for not getting seasick. My sister went on the Alaskan cruise, it was beautiful but rough.

 
 
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