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Bahamas to ease restrictions for international travelers

Editor's note: This article was updated May 3 to emphasize the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's requirements for those flying to the United States from an international destination.

Pilots who have been fully vaccinated can fly to the Bahamas without getting a coronavirus test and enjoy indoor activities in addition to the islands’ beautiful outdoor attractions.

It’s hard to beat the intimate view an AirCam can give you of the turquoise water and white-sand beaches in the Bahamas. Photography by Chris Rose.

Bahamas Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis announced that starting May 1, international travelers who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will not need to receive a RT-PCR test before entering the country.

Domestic travel restrictions for fully vaccinated individuals have also been eased.

In addition, Minnis announced that indoor dining and culture activities will resume for those who have been fully vaccinated. The curfew on Abaco will be shortened from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Pilots interested in flying to destinations in the Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexico, or Central and South America can learn about travel restrictions on the CST Flight Services website.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also provides recommendations for fully vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals to follow when traveling internationally and upon return to the United States. The CDC still requires vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals traveling from international destinations, including the Bahamas, "to have a negative COVID-19 viral test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the United States."

Alyssa J. Miller

Alyssa J. Cobb

AOPA Senior Director of eMedia and Online Managing Editor
AOPA Senior Director of eMedia and Online Managing Editor Alyssa J. Cobb began working at AOPA in 2004, is a flight instructor, and loves flying her Cessna 170B with her husband and son. Alyssa is also co-host of AOPA Live This Week.
Topics: Travel, Bahamas

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