General aviation pilots, along with private boaters and yachters, will be the first tourists allowed back in the Bahamas starting June 15. Commercial travel for tourists is still on schedule to resume July 1.
“We are starting with these smaller special interest groups as they provide a more controlled segment; they all will pre-register electronically, allowing health officials to determine their risk level,” Bahamian Minister of Tourism and Aviation Dionisio D’Aguilar said on June 2 during a readiness and recovery press conference.
Also on June 15, hotels will reopen for this limited group of private travelers for one- or two-night stays, he said.
At the request of Bahamian tourism officials, AOPA reviewed draft procedures that will assist in safely reopening the country to GA travel. The guidelines were released June 12, detailing what pilots need to do if visiting between June 15 and 30 as well as providing answers to frequently asked questions regarding the reopening of the Bahamas' tourism sector. Everyone traveling to the Bahamas also must complete a travel health card.