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The Government of The Bahamas has taken a phased approach to restarting air travel to, from and within The Bahamas.  Policies and Procedures for all travellers visiting The Bahamas beginning July 1 are as follows. Plans continue to evolve in response to COVID-19 trends, and so additional guidance will be communicated as details are available.

Starting Wednesday, July 1, 2020:

  • All incoming visitors must present a COVID-19 RT-PCR Negative (Swab) Test upon arrival. Those arriving in The Bahamas between July 1 and July 7 must present results no more than ten (10) days old. Those arriving in The Bahamas after July 7 must present results no more than seven (7) days old. Select individuals will not be required to provide a test:
    • Children under the age of two (2)
    • Children between the ages of 3-10, provided their state or county of residence does not administer tests for children under that age. Parent or guardian must provide proof of testing restriction upon arrival.
    • Private pilots who do not deplane
    • Bahamian citizens, residents and homeowners who are returning to The Bahamas from English speaking CARICOM countries
    • Bahamian citizens and legal residents who are returning to The Bahamas from countries where they cannot obtain a COVID-19 RT-PCR (Swab) Test. Proof of their inability to receive a test must be presented upon arrival and the traveler will be required to quarantine for 14 days. Quarantine time may be reduced if the traveler opts to take a test at their expense and receives a negative result.
    • Bahamian citizens and legal residents who have been out of The Bahamas for less than 72 hours; however they will be required to quarantine for 14 days. Quarantine time may be reduced if the traveler opts to take a COVID-19 RT-PCR (Swab) Test, at their expense, and receives a negative result.
  • All travelers will be required to complete an electronic Health Visa prior to departure at gov.bs. Each traveler will need to upload their test results and provide contact information that is crucial for contact tracing purposes. An automated response will be provided upon completion, and it is essential that travelers present proof of confirmation upon arrival in their destination.
  • No quarantine will be required upon arrival; however, travelers who show symptoms of COVID-19 may be transferred to an area away from other passengers for further testing and evaluation. Temperature screenings will take place for all incoming visitors.
  • Bahamian government regulations require that all individuals wear a mask or face covering when in public – this includes at the airport, on a plane and in other modes of transportation like buses, taxis and private limousenes.
  • We recommend that travellers arrive at the airport at least two hours prior to their flight’s scheduled departure for domestic flights and three hours for international flights in order to give themselves extra time to check in and go through security as well as to allow for a longer boarding process. The current recommended travel times may increase as more people begin to travel.
  • Visit https://www.bahamas.com/tourism-reopening for more details on the reopening of The Bahamas to international visitors.

Q&A

  • Do I need to wear a mask?
    • Bahamian government regulations require that all individuals wear a mask or face covering when in public – this includes at the airport, on a plane and in other modes of transportation like buses, taxis and private cars.
  • What if I don’t have my own mask? Are they available at the airport?
    • We strongly encourage all travellers to bring their own mask to the airport. In the event that a traveller does not have a mask or if the mask breaks, masks will be available for purchase from airport vendors. The wearing of masks or face covering is mandatory and non-compliance can result in penalties and fines.
  • Will my temperature be taken?
    • Health officials reserve the right to conduct temperature checks on all travellers. Passengers who present symptoms of COVID-19 will be isolated in a separate area of the airport for further testing and evaluation.
  • Will food and beverage operators be open?
    • Most food and beverage vendors will be open. However, their menu offerings and service hours may be reduced. There will also be reduced seating in dining areas to allow for physical distancing.
  • Can I bring hand sanitizer in my carry-on luggage?
    • Passengers can now bring one liquid hand sanitizer container of up to 354 mL (12 ounces) per person in their carry-on luggage. This item will be screened separately from your other liquids and gels.
  • Do I need to arrive at the airport earlier than usual?
    • We recommend that travellers arrive at the airport at least three hours early for international flights and two hours early for domestic flights in order to give themselves extra time to check in and go through security as well as to allow for a longer boarding process. The current recommended travel times may increase as more people begin to travel.
  • I’m experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Can I still travel?
    • Anyone who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (which include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose and muscle aches) must stay at home, self-isolate and contact their physician for appropriate care until they are better.
  • I was experiencing some COVID-19 symptoms a few days ago, but they have since gone away. Can I still travel?
    • It depends. Anyone who has experienced COVID-19 symptoms (which include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose and muscle aches) in the past 14 days should refrain from travelling unless they have since tested negative for COVID-19.
  • I was in contact with someone in the last two weeks who tested positive for COVID-19. Can I still travel?
    • It depends. Anyone who has been in contact with someone with a presumed or confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days should refrain from travelling unless they have since tested negative for COVID-19.
  • What changes should I expect aboard my flight?
    • Please check with your airline for the latest onboard protocols prior to travelling.

 

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Nassau, Bahamas
 
The Nassau Airport Development Company Ltd. wishes to advise the public that the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) is open for operations today Wednesday, September 4, 2019.  The traveling public is asked to contact their respective airlines for flight updates.
 
This is the final Hurricane Dorian Update as The Bahamas has been given the all clear and is fully out of the path of Hurricane Dorian. 
 
For further information, please contact:
 
Jan Knowles, Vice President, Marketing and Commercial Development
Nassau Airport Development Company
Lynden Pindling International Airport
Tel: 242 702-1000 
 
or 
 
Shonalee Johnson
Managing Partner
Windward Public Relations
#29 Windward Road
Nassau, Bahamas

Email: sjohnson@windward-pr.com
Office: 1-242-601-3743
Mobile: 1-242-456-4797
 
Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Nassau, Bahamas
 
The Nassau Airport Development Company Ltd. wishes to advise the public that the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) is open for operations today Tuesday, September 3, 2019.  The traveling public is asked to contact their respective airlines for flight updates.  
 
A listing of all airlines and their contacts can be found on LPIA’s website. Persons are asked to visit LPIA’s website at www.nassaulpia.com and social media channels for the latest information on airport operations.  
 
For further information, please contact:
 
Jan Knowles, Vice President, Marketing and Commercial Development
Nassau Airport Development Company
Lynden Pindling International Airport
Tel: 242 702-1000 
 
or 
 
Shonalee Johnson
Managing Partner
Windward Public Relations
#29 Windward Road
Nassau, Bahamas

Email: sjohnson@windward-pr.com
Office: 1-242-601-3743
Mobile: 1-242-456-4797
 

12:00 Noon

Monday, September 2, 2019

Nassau, Bahamas

 

The Nassau Airport Development Company Ltd. wishes to advise the public that the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) is open for operations today Monday, September 2, 2019. There have been significant flight cancellations and as such the traveling public is asked to contact their respective airlines for flight updates.  A listing of all airlines and their contacts can be found on LPIA’s website. Persons are asked to visit LPIA’s website at www.nassaulpia.com and social media channels for the latest information on airport operations.  

 

For further information, please contact:

Jan Knowles, Vice President, Marketing and Commercial Development

Nassau Airport Development Company

Lynden Pindling International Airport

Tel: 242 702-1000 

 

or 

 

Shonalee Johnson
Managing Partner
Windward Public Relations
#29 Windward Road
Nassau, Bahamas

Email: sjohnson@windward-pr.com
Office: 1-242-601-3743
Mobile: 1-242-456-4797

 

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7:00 A.M.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Nassau, Bahamas

 

The Nassau Airport Development Company Ltd. wishes to advise the public that the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) is open for operations today Monday, September 2, 2019 although airline schedules may vary. 

 

The traveling public is asked to contact their respective airlines for flight updates.  A listing of all airlines and their contacts can be found on LPIA’s website at http://nassaulpia.com/flight-info/airlines-serving-lpia/

 

A further update will be provided at 12:00 noon today.  In the meantime, persons are asked to visit LPIA’s website www.nassaulpia.com and social media channels for the latest information on airport operations.  

 

For further information, please contact:

Jan Knowles, Vice President, Marketing and Commercial Development

Nassau Airport Development Company

Lynden Pindling International Airport

Tel: 242 702-1000 

 

or 

 

Shonalee Johnson
Managing Partner
Windward Public Relations
#29 Windward Road
Nassau, Bahamas

Email: sjohnson@windward-pr.com
Office: 1-242-601-3743
Mobile: 1-242-456-4797

 

www.windward-pr.com 

 

3:00 P.M.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Nassau, Bahamas

 

The Nassau Airport Development Company Ltd. wishes to advise the public that the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) is open and operating today.  It is anticipated that the airport will be open for operations on Monday, September 2, 2019 although airline schedules may vary. 

 

Nassau airport stakeholders continue to assess the movement and status of Hurricane Dorian.  In this regard, Air Traffic Services will be suspended at 10:00 P.M. this evening and resume at 7:00 A.M. on Monday morning due to visibility concerns as a result of heavy rainfall.   We will continue to monitor weather conditions closely and provide a further airport update at 7:00 A.M. on Monday, September 2, 2019. 

 

In the meantime, persons are asked to visit LPIA’s website www.nassaulpia.com and social media channels for the latest information on airport operations.  The traveling public is encouraged to contact their respective airlines for flight updates.  A listing of all airlines and their contacts can be found on LPIA’s website at http://nassaulpia.com/flight-info/airlines-serving-lpia/

 

For further information, please contact:

Jan Knowles, Vice President, Marketing and Commercial Development

Nassau Airport Development Company

Lynden Pindling International Airport

Tel: 242 702-1000 

 

or 

 

Shonalee Johnson
Managing Partner
Windward Public Relations
#29 Windward Road
Nassau, Bahamas

Email: sjohnson@windward-pr.com
Office: 1-242-601-3743
Mobile: 1-242-456-4797

 

www.windward-pr.com 

 

3:00 P.M.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Nassau, Bahamas

The Nassau Airport Development Company Ltd. wishes to advise the public that the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) is open and operating today and it is anticipated that the airport will remain open for operations on Sunday, September 1, 2019 and for the duration of Hurricane Dorian although airline schedules may vary. 

Nassau airport stakeholders continue to assess the movement and status of Hurricane Dorian.  On its current track, it is not anticipated that Nassau/Paradise Island will experience any storm conditions that would disrupt airport operations. 

Notwithstanding, storm conditions could change and we will continue to monitor weather conditions closely and will provide a further airport update at  3:00 P.M. on Sunday, September 1, 2019. 

In the meantime, persons are asked to visit LPIA’s website www.nassaulpia.com and social media channels for the latest information on airport operations.  The traveling public is encouraged to contact their respective airlines for flight updates.  A listing of all airlines and their contacts can be found on LPIA’s website at http://nassaulpia.com/flight-info/airlines-serving-lpia/

 

For further information, please contact:

Jan Knowles, Vice President, Marketing and Commercial Development

Nassau Airport Development Company

Lynden Pindling International Airport

Tel: 242 702-1000 

 

or 

 

Shonalee Johnson
Managing Partner
Windward Public Relations
#29 Windward Road
Nassau, Bahamas

Email: sjohnson@windward-pr.com
Office: 1-242-601-3743
Mobile: 1-242-456-4797

 

www.windward-pr.com 

Statement from Bahamas Ministry of Tourism on Hurricane Maria

12:00 PM EDT, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017

 

Due to the projected path of Hurricane Maria, hurricane advisories are now in effect for parts of The Islands of the Bahamas, according to The Bahamas Department of Meteorology.

The northern islands of The Bahamas, including Nassau and Paradise Island, Grand Bahama Island, The Abacos, The Berry Island, Andros, Bimini, Harbour Island and Eleuthera, do not currently have hurricane warnings in effect. Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau, Grand Bahama International Airport, cruise ports and other facilities throughout these islands remain open and will continue to be monitored closely.

A hurricane warning is now in effect for the Southeast Bahamas, including the islands of Mayaguana, Inagua, Crooked Island, Acklins, Long Cay and Samana Cay. Hurricane conditions are expected in these islands within 36 hours. Residents and visitors to these islands have been advised that strong tropical storm conditions could begin by Thursday night.

A hurricane alert is also in effect for the Central Bahamas, including Cat Island, The Exumas, Long Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador, meaning hurricane conditions may affect the islands within the next 60 hours.

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism anticipates temporary closure of airports and ports on the southeastern islands. Those with travel plans that include these islands are advised to check directly with their air carriers, cruise lines and hotels regarding reservations.

The Bahamas is an archipelago with more than 700 islands and cays, spread over 100,000 square miles; there could be a tropical storm or hurricane warning for the southern islands the central and northern islands remain unaffected. All visitors and potential visitors are advised to follow the progress of Hurricane Maria closely at www.nhc.noaa.gov.

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism will continue to monitor Hurricane Maria and will provide updates at Bahamas.com/storms.

Our thoughts and prayers are with our neighbours who were adversely affected by Hurricane Maria and all those in its path. We will seek to assist as we can.

The public is informed that the Bahamas Civil Aviation Authority (BCAA) has instituted a ban on air travel in The Bahamas on all Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphone devices, effective noon DST on Monday October 17, 2016. As a result of the ban, these devices may not be transported by passengers or crew on their person, in carry-on baggage, or in checked baggage on flights to, from, or within the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. The phones also cannot be shipped as air cargo.

The banning of these phones from airlines will inconvenience some passengers; however the safety of all passengers is paramount.

What air travelers should know:

  • If passengers attempt to travel by air with their Samsung Galaxy Note7 devices, they will be denied boarding. Passengers who attempt to evade the ban by packing their phone in checked luggage are increasing the risk of a catastrophic incident.  Anyone violating the ban may be subject to criminal prosecution in addition to fines.
  • Passengers currently traveling with Samsung Galaxy Note7 phones should contact Samsung or their wireless carrier immediately to obtain information about how to return their phones and arrange for a refund or a replacement phone. Samsung has provided guidance for customers about refund and replacement options, as well as how to contact wireless carriers, at samsung.com/us/note7recall/
  • If an airline representative observes that a passenger is in possession of a Samsung Note7 device prior to boarding an aircraft, the air carrier must deny boarding to the passenger unless and until the passenger divests themselves and their carry-on and checked baggage of the Samsung Galaxy Note7 device. Passengers absolutely should not pack the phones in their checked luggage.
  • If a flight crew member identifies that a passenger is in possession of a Samsung Galaxy Note7 device while the aircraft is in flight, the crew member must instruct the passenger to power off the device, not use or charge the device while aboard the aircraft, protect the device from accidental activation, including disabling any features that may turn on the device, such as alarm clocks. Additionally, the passengers must keep the device on their person and not in the overhead compartment, seat back pocket, nor in any carry-on baggage, for the duration of the flight.

The BCAA looks forward to the full cooperation of airline operators and the traveling public in this regard as we collectively seek to ensure safe travel.