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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nassau, Bahamas (Oct 10)…..The Tourism Development Corporation (TDC) is pleased to announce that the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has recognized The Islands Of The Bahamas as a Safe Travels destination for having met its enhanced health and safety standards in line with its global Safe Travels Protocols.

Having developed these protocols specifically to rebuild the traveler’s confidence and to ensure that there is a coordinated public and private sector approach to the recovery efforts of the global tourism industry, the WTTC awarded The Bahamas the WTTC Safe Travels Stamp.  It is the World’s first-ever global safety and hygiene stamp for Travel and Tourism, especially designed amidst the Covid-19 pandemic and for other similar outbreaks. The Bahamas, through the TDC, will accrue both benefits and responsibilities as a user of the Safe Travels stamp to maximize its positive impacts.

“It is proving a great success, demonstrating its importance not only to destinations and businesses, but also to travellers and the hundreds of millions of people around the world who work in, and depend on, the Travel & Tourism sector,” stated Gloria Guevera, President and CEO of the WTTC. “More than 40 countries and 10 sub-regions are already utilizing the stamp as part of their re-launching strategies of their Tourism industries.”

The Safe Travels Protocols take WHO and CDC guidelines into account and are based on self-assessment of the protocols that are implemented in compliance with the Safe Travels Protocols for every aspect of the Industry, with guidelines established for airlines in conjunction with ICAO ‘s guidelines during Covid 19.

“The return of the visitor’s confidence to travel to revitalize the economy of The Bahamas is crucial to the well-being of our people and country and as such, the Safe Travels Stamp will allow those travelling to regain the necessary confidence and comfort as global standards are being met on each of the islands, as restrictions are gradually lifted,” said Janet Johnson, CEO of the TDC.

The TDC will be communicating with all stakeholders in The Bahamas as to the benefits and responsibilities for every tourism-related business which is given the stamp of approval for its implementation of the Safe Travels protocols and ongoing compliance.  Guidelines and protocols for what WTTC calls the “New Normal” have been developed for every sector of Hospitality and Tourism from Airports, Cruiseports, Attractions, Restaurants, Tours, Convention Centres, Car Rental Companies etc..

“When the visitor and also resident sees the Safe Travels stamp at a tourism-related business anywhere in The Bahamas, they will have the comfort level to feel safe and enjoy the destination and the particular experience, knowing that global standards have been met and appropriate protocols implemented, “said Minister of Tourism, Dionisio D’Aguilar. “The TDC has been authorized to ensure that every establishment in The Bahamas wishing to display the WTTC’s Safe Travels Stamp has met the programme’s guidelines and standards prior to receiving the stamp.”

“It is really gratifying to note that our implemented protocols and measures as part of the Tourism Readiness and Recovery plan, and the Sustainable Tourism Seal of Approval programme developed in conjunction with the IDB, have met the enhanced standards of the WTTC and enabled our designation as a Safe Travels Destination, “ he continued.

The WTTC’s Safe Travels Stamp will develop the instant recognition required to instill immediate confidence that safety measures have been taken for both resident and visitor alike.

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Contact:
Janet Johnson
427-3757
janet@tdcbahamas.com

A COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Testing facility has been set up at LPIA to provide passengers departing Nassau to the United States with COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Nasal Swab testing only.  Test results are available within 30 minutes.

The facility which is run by Family Medicine Center, will supplement the multiple other facilities available to provide testing for travelers.  The testing center is conveniently located in the United States Departures Terminal opposite the airline check-in area.

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

 

www.windward-pr.com 

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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