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Pre-Travel Requirements For Yacht Owners & Crew in the Bahamas

Pre-Travel Requirements For Yacht Owners & Crew in the Bahamas

Bahamas to require COVID-19 test for tourists after July 1


“The situation has become unclear and ever changing, so a prudent government must reassess and readjust all decisions related to this COVID-19 virus as the situation evolves on the ground. And that is what we are doing here today.”

From Bahamian Government officials:

"However, before the general opening of our borders on 1 July, it is intended that a Phase 1 opening of the tourism sector will begin to roll out on June 15. Phase 1 is expected to see the opening of the tourism sector with the return of boaters, yachters and private aviation being allowed to enter the destination. 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 & Aviation Dionisio D’Aguilar [1]"

“Our top priority has and will always be our commitment to the health and wellbeing of our residents and visitors. We must remember that we are living in a new normal in the wake of COVID-19 and a lot is going to change across the tourism sector. We are putting an even greater emphasis on making sure The Bahamas is safe and clean for everyone and look forward to once again providing travelers with the tropical experience our islands are known for.” – Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation Director General Joy Jibrilu [2]


Pre-Travel Requirements For Yacht Owners & Crew

  • You and your crew members must obtain a COVID-19 RT-PCR test within 10 days of travel
  • Complete the Ministry of Health Application to Travel
  • Print and scan it, then email the completed form to and CC
  • Send email more than 5 working days before departure.
  • Inform marina at least 48 hours prior to your yacht’s arrival
  • Fulfill Clearance Procedures
    • Follow procedures to secure clearance for your yacht
    • Option 1: Have your yacht and crew pre-cleared in Fort Lauderdale and you will not be required to do further clearance procedures on arrival to The Bahamas.
      • For more information, contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nassau (Call 242-323-5578) or The Bahamas Consulate General in Miami (Call 305-373-6295).
    • Option 2: Follow clearance procedures once you arrive at The Bahamas. When your yacht first enters Bahamas waters, hoist up a yellow quarantine flag. Dock your vessel in a marina and prepare a sterile area. Call for clearance and Customs & Immigration and Health officials will board your yacht.
    • Crew and guests planning to travel to more than one island within The Bahamas must fill out and print copies of a Domestic Health Travel Card.


Must-Follow COVID-19 Safety Procedures and Protocols

  • Once you have arrived at The Bahamas and cleared your vessel and crew at a local port of entry, you and your crew may have to follow additional Bahamas travel requirements.
    • Anyone disembarking at a marina may be subject to other COVID-19 testing and screening mandated by the Ministry of Health, including but not limited to:
      • Temperature taking
      • Additional COVID-19 RT-PCR testing
  • Those in your yacht must adhere to the following COVID-19 safety requirements and protocols when staying in The Bahamas:
    • Crew and passengers are required to wear face masks that cover their nose and mouth while in port and on marina’s premises.
    • Crew and passengers must wear masks and gloves during time spent off their vessel.
    • Never shake used or unused clothing, sheet, or cloth items on the docks or anywhere in the marina.
    • Vessels are required to remain 50 feet apart.
    • Tying boats together or rafting boats is not allowed.
    • Running boats ashore in shallow water to disembark or beaching boats is not allowed.
    • Crew and passengers must stay at least six feet apart from others.
    • Fish cleaning stations must be occupied by one person at a time.
    • Anyone coughing, sneezing, or showing other signs of illness should be isolated until appropriate tests can be performed.



1.       The Bahamas Weekly – Minister of Tourism remarks at Tourism Readiness and Recovery Plan Press Conference

2.       Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure – The Bahamas Will Welcome Private Yachts, Planes on June 15, Followed by Commercial Travel in July


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