On October 15th, the Bahamas is opening to visitors and extending their tourism offerings into their “third phase” for foreign travelers. As always, we want to ensure that Yellow Dog’s clients and anglers are well-informed and equipped with accurate information to make decisions with regard to planning and the Bahamian travel booking process. Here is what you need to know about the third and fourth phases of the reopening of the Bahamas to traveling anglers.
Who: Open to all Americans wishing to travel to the Bahamas. Not open to cruise ships, and select attractions and casinos will remain closed.
What: Anyone wishing to visit the out islands of the Bahamas to fly fish from October 15th-October 31st is allowed to do so under certain conditions. Anglers must “vacation-in-place” for 14 days or the duration of their stay (whichever is shorter). This limits anglers to the grounds, amenities and facilities of their lodges, and of course offers full access to the flats and the area fisheries.
When: October 15-31, 2020
Who: Open to all Americans wishing to travel to the Bahamas.
What: The Bahamas will remove the “vacation-in-place” order, which will allow anglers to explore and move about the islands in which they’re traveling to.
When: November 1, 2020
MUST-READ ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
If you wish to travel to the Bahamas in the near future (beginning on October 15, 2020), there are a few additional things you should be made aware of. Please note that these protocols are set in place to keep you and others safe and comfortable during your visit. These protocols are in order of steps and apply to both phases three and four mentioned above.
- You must obtain an RT-PCR (swab) test no more than seven days prior to the date of your arrival.
- Children under the age of 10 are exempt.
- Be sure to have the name/address of the lab and where the test was performed clearly displayed on your test results.
- Once in possession of a negative RT-PCR (swab) test, you must apply for a Bahamas Health Travel Visa at the link travel.gov.bs prior to your arrival in The Bahamas. This shouldn’t take you more than three-to-four minutes to complete. All you have to do is upload your test results and fill out some quick information.
- Upon your arrival to The Bahamas, you will undergo a fast and safe “rapid test” to ensure you are COVID-free. The costs of the rapid tests on and after your arrival will be included in the cost of your Bahamas Health Travel Visa (the cost of which is based on length of stay). These rapid tests are relatively quick and will electronically yield results in 20 minutes or less. Also, beginning in late October, American Airlines will provide each passenger traveling to the Bahamas from Miami with a Rapid COVID-19 antigen test before boarding the plane.
- If you are staying longer than four nights and five days, you will be required to take one last rapid test. (If you depart on day five, you will not be required to take this test.)
- If you are staying longer than five days, many of our lodges will facilitate these tests for you
Lastly, all islands in the Bahamas require the wearing of masks as well as appropriate social distancing while in public places. If you have additional concerns or questions, feel free to contact us here at Yellow Dog and we’ll be happy to assist you.