December 24, 2021 8 min read

**UPDATED 24 DECEMBER 2021**

Welcome to the Conch & Coconut’s official blog, "The Good Life" your source for all things Harbour Island and Eleuthera. Think of us as your personal island insider, filling you in on all the secrets that make the islands so magical. 

We have been planning to re-launch this blog for some time now and distinctly remember our discussion of topics for our first post. “Let’s discuss the best hotels for wedding parties” said one team member, while another wanted to discuss the“the five best places to get a Goombay Smash.” 

But then, the world changed, and so did we.  

So for our inaugural blog post, we’re going to be a bit more buttoned-up (we’re normally in bathing suits)and serve as a hub of information for Harbour Island and Eleuthera and the up-to-date COVID-19 travel protocols. We’ve pulled together all the relevant, up-to-date travel information you’ll need when traveling internationally to the Bahamas and specifically to our pink sandy shores. It's important to state here that the curfew for Harbour Island and Eleuthera has been lifted and all restaurants, hotels, retail stores and more are open and ready for you to visit! 

We will be updating the blog as we receive updates in real-time. In the meantime, if you’re planning your trip to Harbour Island, feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns at concierge@conchandcoconut.com.

We look forward to welcoming you and can't wait for you to experience the magic of Harbour Island and“Crack Open the Good Life” with us! 

xThe Conch & Coconut Team

Here’s everything you need to know before coming to Harbour Island and while you're here! 

PRE-DEPARTURE PROTOCOLS

STEP 1: Testing Requirements

Please Note:Effective Dec. 27, 2021, any person presenting test results older than three days (72 hours) will not be allowed entry into The Bahamas.

VACCINATED TRAVELERS

  • Effective Dec. 27, 2021, fully vaccinated persons travelling to The Bahamas from other countries will be required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test (either a Rapid Antigen Test or RT-PCR), taken no more than three days (72 hours) prior to the date of arrival to The Bahamas.
  • Effective Jan. 7, 2022, fully vaccinated persons must present a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR (including PCR, NAA, NAAT, TMA or RNA)test.
  • COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Tests will no longer be accepted. Travellers must obtain a COVID-19 RT-PCR test.
  • Effective Dec. 27, 2021, fully vaccinated persons travelling inter-island (domestic) within The Bahamas from New Providence (Nassau), Paradise Island, Grand Bahama Island (Freeport), Eleuthera or Inaguaare required to obtain a negative COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test or COVID-19 RT-PCR, taken no more than three days (72 hours)prior to the date of travel.

UNVACCINATED TRAVELERS

  • Effective Dec. 27, 2021, unvaccinated travellers, ages 12 and older, entering The Bahamas must obtain a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR (including PCR, NAA, NAAT, TMA or RNA) test taken no more than three days (72 hours)prior to the date of arrival.
  • Effective Dec. 27, 2021, children between the ages of 2 and 11 are required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test (either a Rapid Antigen Test or RT-PCR), taken no more than three days (72 hours)prior to the date of arrival to The Bahamas.
  • As of January 7, 2022, using a COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test will no longer be accepted and children ages 2 through 11 will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test
  • Children under the age of 2 are exempt from any testing requirements
  • Effective Dec. 27, 2021, non-vaccinated persons travelling inter-island within The Bahamas from New Providence (Nassau), Paradise Island, Grand Bahama Island (Freeport), Eleuthera or Inaguaare required to obtain a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test, taken no more than three days (72 hours) prior to the date of travel,and present to the operator of the airline or vessel on which they are travelling.

STEP 2: Bahamas Travel Health Visa Application

All persons traveling to The Bahamas are required to apply for a Bahamas Travel Health Visa at travel.gov.bs

  • Effective October 1, 2021, a Travel Health Visa is no longer required for inter-island travel within The Bahamas. 
  • As of December 13, 2021, the Travel Health Visa requirement for citizens and residents was discontinued. Instead, Bahamian citizens and residents are required to present a negative COVID-19 test at check in prior to departure.
  • All Bahamas Travel Health Visas that were approved prior to the new rules will be honoured up to their date of expiration.

VACCINATED TRAVELERS

Fully vaccinated travelers are required to upload negative test results in addition to valid proof of vaccination confirming they have passed the two-week immunity period (such as CDC or government issued vaccine record card).

  • Fully vaccinated visitors are required to upload negative COVID-19 test results in addition to valid proof of vaccination confirming they have passed the two-week immunity period (such as CDC or government issued vaccine record card).
    • As of January 7, 2022, COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Tests will no longer be accepted. Travellers must obtain a COVID-19 RT-PCR test.
  • At this time, the Bahamas Government will only be accepting vaccinations by AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria/Covishield), Janseen (Johnson & Johnson), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Moderna (Spikevax), Sinopharm, Covaxin or Sinovac.

UNVACCINATED TRAVELERS

  • Effective Dec. 27, 2021, all unvaccinated visitors, ages 12 and older, are required to upload their negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test results. Tests must be taken up to three days (72 hours)prior to the date of arrival. 
  • Effective Dec. 27, 2021, Children between the ages of 2 and 11 are required to upload their negative COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test or COVID-19 RT-PCR test results. Tests must be taken up to three days (72 hours)prior to the date of arrival.
  • As of January 7, 2022, COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test will no longer be acceptable and children ages 2 through 11 will be required to show proof of a COVID-19 RT-PCR test.

All Bahamian citizens or residents planning to travel abroad for two (2) days or more must secure a test in the destination they visited before travelling back to The Bahamas. Any COVID-19 RT-PCR or COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test taken in The Bahamas prior to travel will not be valid for re-entry unless a person travel from The Bahamas and returns within a period of 24-hours.

BAHAMAS TRAVEL HEALTH VISA CHECKLIST

  • Create profile 
  • Upload travel document (passport)
  • Submit valid proof of vaccination* (such as CDC or government issued vaccine record card)
  • Submit negative COVID tests (including location of where test was conducted)
  • Enter travel details (where you’ll be staying and length of stay) 

*For international vaccinated travelers, proof of vaccination must confirm they have passed the two-week immunity period.

ALL TRAVELERS

As part of the Bahamas Travel Health Visa application, travellers will be required to opt in to the COVID-19 health insurance that covers them for the duration of their stay in The Bahamas, up to one (1) month. The cost of insurance is included in the Bahamas Travel Health Visa application fee. 

  • Bahamas Travel Health Visa applications take up to 48 hours to process and should be completed with adequate lead time (in our experience the response time takes only 4-5 hours) 
  • The cost of the Bahamas Travel Health Visa is dependent on length of stay and vaccination status.
  • Fees for Travel Health Visa to Enter The Bahamas:
    • Bahamian Citizens or Residents - ($0)
    • For Fully Vaccinated Persons:
      • Visitors from North America (USA and Canada) - $40.00
      • Visitors from the Rest of the World - $50.00
    • For Non-Vaccinated Personal Applying with a RTPCR Test
      • Visitors from North America (under 5 days’ stay) - $40.00
      • Visitors from North America (over 5 days’ stay) - $60.00
      • Visitors from the Rest of the World - $70.00
    • Note: No fees are required for children 11 years or younger or for the pilots or crew of a commercial air flight.
  • ​Effective October 1, 2021, a Travel Health Visa will no longer be required for inter-island travel within The Bahamas.
  • All travelers eighteen (18) years and older are required to complete an individual Bahamas Travel Health Visa.
  • Persons seventeen (17) years and younger are to add a profile within the account of their parent or guardian.

ON-ISLAND EXPERIENCE

  • Wear a face mask and physical distance when in public places:
  • When traveling in a taxi or on a bus, when standing in lines, when entering any establishment, while entering or exiting a restaurant.
  • When entering and exiting beaches (not required on the beach).
  • Before and after exercise (masks must be visible on your person during exercise).
  • Abide by all protocols and restrictions as outlined in the most recent Emergency Powers Order:
  • ALL CURFEWS HAVE BEEN DISCONTINUED in Harbour Island and Eleuthera. 

RETURNING HOME

Depending on your country of origin, there are specific guidelines for reentering. For our U.S. residents please see the below requirements for re-entry.

United States Requirements for Entry/ Reentry COVID-19:

  • Starting on December 6, before boarding a flight to the United States, air travelers aged two and older, regardless of nationality or vaccination status, are required to show documentation of a negative viral test result taken within one day of the flight’s departure. You must show your negative result to the airline before you board your flight. That includes all travelers – U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents (LPRs), and foreign nationals. This updated order is *in addition* to the requirement that foreign national travelers be fully vaccinated.
  • If you recently recovered from COVID-19, you may instead travel with documentation of recovery from COVID-19 (i.e., your positive COVID-19 viral test result on a sample taken no more than 90 days before the flight’s departure from a foreign country, and a letter from a licensed healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel).

For more information visit: 

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/emergencies/covid-19-faqs-for-travel-to-the-us-information.html

FAQhttps://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html

COVID-19 TESTING ON THE ISLAND

You’ve walked the pink sands, sipped on Goombay Smashes and mastered traversing the crown jewel of the Caribbean via lux golf cart. As the old adage goes, all good things must come to an end, but that doesn’t mean you have to start stressing! The Conch & Coconut team has partnered with the most respected medical resources on the island to provide you access to at-home testing for your return to your country of origin. 

If you’d like to schedule an at-home/resort COVID PCR or Rapid Antigen Test please let our team know at least 48 hours in advance so we can make proper arrangements. 

List of Approved COVID Testing Sites on Harbour Island:

BRILAND PREMIER MEDICAL CENTER
Bay Street, Dunmore Town, Harbour Island
(242) 699-5451
Mon - Sun: By appointment only
www.brilandpremier.com

SPANISH WELLS MEDICAL - HARBOUR ISLAND
Bay Street, Dunmore Town, Harbour Island
7-Days a Week: Appointments & Walk-ups accepted 

TINGUM VILLAGE 

    REQUIREMENTS FOR BOATERS AND BAHAMAS MARINAS FOR 2021:

    Customs & Immigration Forms – fill out and print prior to arrival:

    Boaters Requirements once in The Bahamas

    • On arrival (having cleared at local ports of entry), anyone disembarking at a marina will be subject to potential additional screening mandated by the Ministry of Health, such as taking of temperature.
    • While clearing Customs & Immigration, crew and passengers are required to wear a mask, covering the nose and mouth.
    • There are no restrictions for inter-island travel within The Bahamas. Domestic travel needs to be logged in athttps://travel.gov.bs/.

      Bahamas COVID-19 Travel Information: https://covid19.gov.bs/travel/

      Please note all travel protocols are subject to change. 

       




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