Coronavirus travel health
Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Bahamas on the TravelHealthPro website
See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Entry and borders
See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Bahamas.
Returning to the UK
Travelling from and returning to the UK
Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting.
Testing is widely available from private clinics in New Providence and in main tourist locations on outer islands. A list of testing sites is available.
Be prepared for your plans to change
No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.
If you test positive for COVID-19 in The Bahamas before returning to the UK, you will be expected to self-isolate in a hotel, private residence or medical facility. You should also expect to be contacted by local health authorities to confirm that you are complying with self-isolation rules. Should you need to leave your place of self-isolation for essential purposes then arrangements can be made with the local authorities. It is important to note that people under 17 years of age cannot apply directly for a Travel Health visa. A parent or guardian must create a profile and add them, creating a separate trip within the adult profile if the child is to travel alone.
Plan ahead and make sure you:
- can access money
- understand what your insurance will cover
- can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned
Travel in The Bahamas
Testing is required for travel between some islands. Details of which islands require testing are available from the Bahamian government website. As of 20 February, testing is required if departing from New Providence (Nassau), Paradise Island and Grand Bahama Island (Freeport) to any other island.
Public places and services
Details of the Health Services (COVID19) (General) and (Prevention of Community Spread) rules, which include limitations on social gatherings, are available at the Office of the Prime Minister website, subject to change.
The following measures are in place throughout the Bahamas:
- Face masks must be worn in any public space and must be worn for entry into supermarkets, pharmacies and businesses
- Face masks or coverings must cover your nose and mouth; face mask must also be visible and easily identifiable
- Social gatherings are subject to restrictions
- Socially distancing is set at 6ft apart. You may be required to stand or sit in a designated area according to the social distancing measures in place in a particular location
- Hand washing and/or hand sanitizing is required upon entry into public buildings and private establishments. A security guard may ask you to wash your hands or they may spray your hands with a disinfectant
- Health officers can order persons to be detained for screening and assessment and may order isolation or quarantine on reasonable grounds in order to prevent further spread of the disease. Visitors may incur the cost of quarantine and testing in government designated quarantine facilities
Failure to comply with the Health Services Rules, will result in fines and/or imprisonment. All the rules are available on the Office of the Prime Minister’s website.
The Ministry of Tourism provides information about accommodation that has received a ‘Clean and Pristine’ certificate from The Bahamas’ Clean and Pristine Certification Agency. Hotels, lodges and bed and breakfasts provide tourists with information on how the Emergency (COVID-19) Orders apply to their establishments.
Healthcare in the Bahamas
If you’re in The Bahamas and concerned that you may have contracted coronavirus the Ministry of Health call centre is 511 or 911 – for emergency services.
Doctor’s offices, hospitals and medical facilities remain open. For contact details for doctors visit our list of healthcare providers. Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health
View Health for further details on healthcare in Bahamas.
COVID-19 vaccines if you live in The Bahamas
Wherever possible British nationals should aim to be vaccinated in the country where they live. We will update this page when the Government of Bahamas announces new information on the national vaccination programme. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.
The Bahamas national vaccination programme started in March 2021 and is using the AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson vaccines. British nationals resident in the Bahamas are eligible for vaccination, including boosters, and the programme includes all adults and children over the age of 12. Vaccination appointments are bookable on The Bahamas government website.
Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad.
If you’re a British national living in the Bahamas, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.
Help and support
If you need urgent consular assistance, contact your nearest British embassy, high commission or consulate. All telephone numbers are available 24/7.