Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Bahamas reverses course: US travelers now welcome, but must quarantine for 14 days


The Bahamas has announced a two-week lockdown of the island of Grand Bahama. The islands are also re-instituting a travel ban against commercial flights from the United States beginning Wednesday. Photo by DREAMSTIME

By Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald

The Bahamas has reversed course on closing its border to U.S. travelers over surging coronavirus infections in both nations.

Less than a week after Prime Minister Hubert Minnis announced the closure of the tourism-dependent nation’s borders to commercial air and sea visitors from the U.S., the attorney general said Friday all international visitors are now welcome.

But visitors should be prepared to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival — at their own expense — in a government facility and take a real time polymerase chain reaction COVID-19 laboratory test at the end of isolation.  Read more >>