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Bahamas opens to GA June 15Bahamas opens to GA June 15

Phased-in approach allows private travel firstPhased-in approach allows private travel first

Editor's note: This article was updated June 15 with links to guidelines and a travel health card that Bahamian officials released for pilots to use if flying to the islands.

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.

Photo by Chris Rose.

Bahamian officials had closed the nation’s borders near the end of March to try to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Opening to private travel signals the first of a phased approach to reopen tourism in the Bahamas.

“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.

AOPA ePublishing staff

AOPA ePublishing Staff editors are experienced pilots, flight instructors, and aircraft owners who have a passion for bringing you the latest news and AOPA announcements.
Topics: Travel, Bahamas, Caribbean

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