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What to know about the Bahamas reopening
“Are the Bahamas open for Americans?” is a common question right now, and the answer is YES, kind of.
Since the writing of this post, the Bahamas banned US travelers. Shortly after, they welcomed US travelers again but require a negative test and a 14-day quarantine.
One of my clients suggested that a blog post about the Bahamas reopening could be fun and informative, so here it is. If you’re interested in learning more about the Bahamas reopening restrictions and procedures, keep reading.
Bahamas reopening guidelines
As of July 1, 2020, the Bahamas have reopened all islands to tourists. Of course, this reopening comes with new restrictions that we see in most destinations worldwide.
A negative COVID test must be taken within ten days of arrival. All passengers at airports will be subject to temperature screenings, and social distancing will be enforced at airports and many other locations.
You must wear a face-covering in airports and most hotels and resorts. Hotels will be increasing sanitizing procedures, removing buffets for the time being, and taking other preventative measures. Most of these guidelines are standard across all destinations that are reopening.
Excursions and shopping in the Bahamas will be available with some limited capacity on some tours. It’s best to check with the tour operator or your Travel Agent for details on excursions. You can also check out Viator to see which tours are currently operating.
Flights to the Bahamas
I was able to find a great flight out of my small, local airport for about $300. I checked some other larger airports and found flights for around $300 out of Dallas, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Flights were about $200 out of Miami.
Not only are flights readily available from most US destinations, but they are also affordable. Since cruising to the Bahamas isn’t an option right now, flying in will be the way to go.
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Where to stay in the Bahamas
Here are some of the most highly-rated resorts in the Bahamas. You can click on the name to check out pricing and availability during your preferred travel dates.
Of course, there are plenty of other places to stay in the Bahamas. You can use my FunJet Booking tool to check out more or contact me to plan the perfect custom Bahamas trip for you.
The Bahamas reopening is happening alongside many other Caribbean islands reopening. Some of the other islands that are open now or plan to reopen this summer are:
- Belize (August 15)
- British Virgin Islands (September 1, but plan to reopen sooner if possible)
- Dominican Republic
- Puerto Rico
- St. Lucia
- Turks and Caicos (July 22)
- US Virgin Islands
Everything without a date is open with restrictions, and those with a date will open to tourism on that date. Let me know if you’d like to see a blog post with more details about the reopenings of these Caribbean reopenings.
While there are many restrictions in place, the Bahamas reopening (and other Caribbean reopenings) offer a glimmer of hope for those of us who have had to cancel any travel plans this year. Travel is a personal choice, so make sure to be cautious, consider booking in advance, and make sure to get travel insurance – just in case!
If you’re ready to book a Bahamas vacation, I don’t do any cookie cutter packages; everything is fully customized just for you. Make sure to contact me or go ahead and fill out a custom travel request, and I’ll get back to you to start planning ASAP!
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