Airport will Cease On-site Testing Operation on July 31, 2021
July 1, 2021: The Nassau Airport Development Company Limited (NAD) wishes to advise the public that the airport will begin to scale back its COVID-19 testing operations at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) and it is envisioned that testing at the airport will cease on July 31, 2021.
Passengers are immediately advised to complete all COVID-19 testing prior to arrival at LPIA. While facilities will be available for emergency COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Testing, passengers should arrive at the airport for travel to the United States with a negative COVID-19 test result.
The test should be dated not more than 72 hours (3 days) prior to the flight departure date, and it is required by the US government whether you are vaccinated or not. Travel from Nassau to other islands of The Bahamas requires a negative COVID-19 RT PCR test that is not available at the airport.
COVID-19 testing is readily available at one of the many testing facilities in Nassau. Family Medicine Center and Doctors Hospital provide testing services five minutes from the airport on Blake Road. While these are the closest facilities to the airport, other major testing facilities in New Providence are listed below. Passengers are encouraged to not leave testing for the last minute or day of travel if this can be avoided.
- Adlka Laboratories & Consultants
- Bahamas Medical Laboratory Services
- Bay Street Medical
- Bonaventure Medical Laboratory
- Capriata Health and Wellness
- Caribbean Health Medical Lab
- Chest Centre Lab Bahamas
- Eastwood Family Practice
- Family Medicine Center
- Holistic Health Services Ltd.
- Island MD – Medical Concierge
- Javon Medical Centre
- KELSO Medical Laboratory
- Kinetic Integrative Wellness
- Oaktree Medical Center
- Premier Clinical Laboratory
- Premier Clinical Laboratory
- Reliable Nursing Services
- Sandyport Medical Centre
- The Lyford Cay Hospital
- The MD Suite Walk-in Medical Clinic
- The Medi-Center Medical Clinic
- The Walk In Clinic
NASSAU, BAHAMAS June 14, 2021— In an effort to mitigate the impact of growing passenger traffic and COVID-19 protocols, key stakeholders at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) have finalized plans to ensure that passengers can be safely and efficiently processed through the airport during what promises to be a busy upcoming summer travel season.
Nassau has been selected as a homeport for two cruise lines beginning this month. Following the first 7-day cruise, approximately 900 passengers will be departing Nassau for the United States on Saturday, June 19th, 2021. The airport anticipates heavy arrivals and departures of cruise passengers every Saturday and Sunday thereafter, and for this number to grow to 3,500 passengers each weekend by July.
In addition, summer projections for land-based passenger arrivals and departures at LPIA indicate steady recovery from the pandemic, with a potential additional 4500 passengers between Saturday and Sunday.
“We are fortunate that our largest source market, the United States, has been very successful with their vaccine distribution and there is significant pent-up demand for travel given the challenges and restrictions of the past year living with COVID-19. People are ready to travel and month by month we are seeing improvements in our passenger numbers.” said Vernice Walkine, President and Chief Executive Officer, Nassau Airport Development Company Ltd.
“During this busy summer travel period we wish to assure the travelling public that their safety is our paramount concern. Our overall objective is to make certain that a high level of efficiency prevails in the terminals coupled with excellent customer service resulting in a positive experience for our passengers,” she continued.
The airport continuously works with its key stakeholders to maximize the efficiency of operations and mitigate any potential challenges within its facilities. As a result, in 2020 LPIA was one of the first airports in Latin America and the Caribbean to achieve a COVID-19 Health Accreditation from the Airports Council International.
As the airport supports Nassau as a home cruise port and manages its recovering land passenger base, LPIA is offering the following tips to local passengers planning to travel this summer.
1. Given the volume of passengers that will be commencing cruises in Nassau, if possible, avoid travel on Saturday and Sunday and choose a slower day to begin and end your vacation or business trip. Also, consider travel during off peak times and look for flights either before 9:00am or after 2:00pm, which is a peak travel period at the airport.
2. When travelling to the US, particularly on peak days and times, ensure that you are at the airport 3 to 3.5 hours ahead of your scheduled flight departure time. Given the impact of COVID-19, passenger processing is slower and more complex.
3. Whether you are vaccinated or not, a negative COVID-19 test result (PCR or Rapid Antigen) and completed Attestation form (found on LPIA’s website at www.nassaulpia.com) is needed for all persons travelling to the United States. This will be required for check in with your airline and tests should be completed prior to arrival at the airport.
4. For travel within The Bahamas, a negative COVID-19 (PCR Test) is required if you are not fully vaccinated (two shots with the last shot given more than two weeks prior to travel) along with a Bahamas Health VISA for domestic check in.
5. Checked luggage should be taken to your airline counter. Very Important: Please remove old luggage tags prior to placing a new luggage tag for your destination. If you are travelling to the United States, once you present your checked bag(s) to your airline, an image of your bag(s) will appear on the airline counter video screen to confirm each bag is checked in for your flight.
6. Checked luggage should be taken to your airline counter. Very Important: Please remove old luggage tags prior to placing a new luggage tag for your destination. Your airline should tag your checked luggage to your boarding pass. For persons travelling to the United States, please ensure you see an image of your checked bag(s) on the tablet screen at the airline counter.
7. After check-in, passengers travelling to the US may be directed by an airport ambassador to wait briefly in the airport’s Summer Garden Lounge prior to proceeding to airport security screening and United States Customs for processing. This wait is to allow passengers to be processed in order of scheduled departure time. The lounge is a beautiful and comfortable outdoor space with amenities like food and beverage, WIFI, entertainment and limited shopping.
8. Passengers should have their passport and boarding pass available to enter the security screening process. Passengers will be required to remove jackets, belts, shoes and empty pockets, and remove laptops from carry-on luggage for the security screening process.
9. As LPIA is a US Pre-Clearance facility, each passenger will undergo inspection by a United States Customs & Border Protection Officer prior to leaving Nassau. Bahamians need a valid passport and police record or US VISA for travel. Family members living in the same household can be inspected together.
10. Once these formalities are done, you may proceed to your airline gate or enjoy the shopping and dining amenities available in the U.S. Departures Lounge. All gates are within a three-minute walk from anywhere in the US or Domestic/International Departure Lounge.
11. Upon your return or arrival to Nassau, remember you will need a Bahamas Health Visa and a negative COVID-19 PCR test for entry to the country if you are not fully vaccinated. If you are fully vaccinated, then you will need the Bahamas Health Visa and proof of your vaccination. These are to be presented to Bahamas Immigration along with your passport for admittance to The Bahamas.
12. This summer, returning residents will now have two additional options to complete their Bahamas Customs declaration forms and pay duties or claim exemptions. This is in addition to the current process of presenting a completed C17 Customs Declaration form to a Bahamas Customs officer for assessment.
- Returning residents should consider downloading and using the new Bahamas Customs Exempt App to fill out their declaration electronically, upload their receipts and pay customs duties and/or claim exemption online prior to arrival in Nassau. Once luggage is collected, returning residents then only need to proceed to a
customs officer for baggage inspection.
- Bahamas Customs also has kiosks available at the airport that perform the same services as the App and allows for credit/debit card payments online or cash payments at the airport.
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New Rules in Effect for Vaccinated Travelers
NASSAU, Bahamas, April 30, 2021 – The Government of The Bahamas announced updated public health measures and entry protocols for fully vaccinated travellers, stating:
• Effective immediately, Bahamian citizens and residents who are fully vaccinated – after receiving their second dose – will be exempt from COVID-19 testing requirements when travelling inter-island from New Providence, Grand Bahama, Abaco, Exuma and Eleuthera to any other island.
• Effective May 1, 2021, international visitors travelling to The Bahamas from other countries who are fully vaccinated and have passed the two-week immunity period will be exempt from testing requirements for entry and inter-island travel.
REQUIREMENTS FOR VACCINATED TRAVELLERS
Vaccinated travellers will still need to apply for the Bahamas Travel Health Visa and will be required to upload proof of vaccination (such as CDC or government issued vaccine record card) with their application in place of PCR test requirement. They will not need to provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test prior to entry, submit to rapid testing mandates or complete the daily health questionnaire during their stay. At this time The Bahamas Government will only be accepting vaccines by Pfizer Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca.
REQUIREMENTS FOR UNVACCINATED TRAVELLERS
Travellers who are not fully vaccinated will be required to follow all existing entry testing requirements including applying for a Bahamas Travel Health Visa, providing proof of negative PCR test taken no more than five (5) days prior to arrival and completing the daily health questionnaire, as well as conducting rapid COVID-19 antigen testing if they are staying in The Bahamas for longer than four (4) nights and five (5) days.
REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL TRAVELLERS
All visitors and residents will be required to apply for the Bahamas Travel Health Visa and adhere to health and safety protocols on-island such as mask wearing, social distancing and frequent hand washing among others. Health and safety remain our highest priority and we must continue to be vigilant.
Due to the fluidity of COVID-19, the Government of The Bahamas will continue to monitor cases across the islands and loosen or tighten restrictions as needed. The Bahamas is an archipelago with more than 700 islands and cays, spread over 100,000 square miles, which means conditions and instances of the virus can be different on each of the 16 islands available to welcome visitors. Travellers should continue to check the status of their island destination before travelling, by visiting Bahamas.com/travelupdates.
For full details on the latest updates, protocols and regulations, please visit opm.gov.bs.
General Manager, Global Communications
Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation
NAD Prepares for Uptick in Travel over Easter Holidays
Travelers should arrive early for their scheduled flights given COVID-19 protocols.
March 31, 2021 – NAD anticipates an uptick in visitor arrivals and departures over the upcoming Easter holiday period. The month of March 2021 has been the most successful month for passenger arrivals since the COVID-19 pandemic commenced and Easter will allow April to start strong.
Passengers traveling internationally over the Easter Holidays are reminded to arrive at the airport at least 3 hours prior to their scheduled departure time. This will allow ample time for check in and other processing taking into consideration COVID-19 travel protocols. COVID-19 Rapid Antigen testing is available at the airport for passengers traveling to the United States. Travelers who plan to have their tests administered at the airport should arrive at least 3.5 hours prior to their scheduled departure time.
NAD has seen steady but incremental monthly increases in domestic traffic since November 2020. There has also been month over month increases in international travelers for November, December and January. The airport experienced a slight downturn in international passengers during February compared to January, however March has shown the type of positive upward trend that we hope can continue throughout 2021.
During March, NAD had nonstops flights from 21 markets. Nine of those 21 markets had daily or near-daily service for the month. It is anticipated that April will have nonstop flights from 23 markets with American Airlines adding flights from Washington, DC; JetBlue adding flights from New Jersey and United Airlines reintroducing its Denver flight.
Passengers travelling via LPIA are reminded of the airport’s COVID-19 protocols. All airport users must wear a mask or face covering (over the mouth and nose) when in the terminal buildings. Passengers must observe social distancing especially when queueing and adhere to the social distancing markers throughout the airport. Access to the terminal facilities is limited to ticketed passengers only. NAD will allow non-ticketed individuals who are assisting elderly passengers, passengers with restricted mobility and minors travelling alone. The airport has ample hand sanitizing stations and washrooms to facilitate hand cleansing.
NAD wishes all travelers a safe trip and Happy Easter!
Jan Knowles, Vice President of Marketing & Commercial Development
Nassau Airport Development Company
The first batch of AstraZeneca vaccines – also known as Covishield – arrived at the Lynden Pindling International Airport today on United Airlines flight 1456 from Newark, New Jersey.
The vaccines were received by Prime Minister Herbert Minnis; Health Minister Renward Wells; Foreign Affairs Minister Darren Henfield; National Immunization Manager Nurse Ruth Bastian; Chief Medical Officer Dr. Pearl McMillian; Bahamas High Commissioner to India, Lowell Mortimer; and President of the Bahamas India Association Dr. Anupama Jacob.
The 20,000 doses delivered by United are a gift from the Government of India. The vaccines were pre-qualified by the WHO and received Emergency Use Listing (EUL) approval by the WHO. The vaccines have also received certification from the Caribbean Regulatory System (CRS).
“I would like to thank Prime Minister Modi (@narendramodi) and the people of India for this generous assistance,” said the Prime Minister.
United Airlines is the first commercial airline to fly the COVID-19 vaccine to The Bahamas. United has been proud to put its extensive resources, capabilities and expertise to work over the last several months, teaming up with logistics and pharmaceutical companies around the world to support the distribution of these life-saving vaccines.
According to Mrs. Elaine Foster, United Airlines General Manager in Nassau, the vaccines were flown on United Airlines flight 830 from Bombay, India and arrived in Newark, New Jersey this morning at 5:40am. They were then safely transported to United Airlines flight 1456 which left Newark at 8:45am and arrived in Nassau just before noon.
According to United, the scientists behind these vaccines and frontline workers, like the team in Nassau, are the real heroes of this pandemic. The airline has committed to doing its part to safely and effectively facilitate the transportation of vaccines across its expansive global network.
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.
Request for Proposals for Audit Services.
The Airport Authority and the Nassau Airport Development Company, (NAD) invite proposals from Bahamian qualified Public Accounting Firms for the independent Financial Statement Audits of The Airport Authority and Nassau Airport Development Company.
More information about this request is available in the attached Request For Proposal (RFP).
NASSAU, Bahamas – On January 12, 2021 the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that all air passengers flying to the U.S. from a foreign country will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test (PCR or Antigen test), taken no more than 3 days prior to the flight. This new regulation will apply to all travellers ages 2 and older, including U.S. citizens and international travellers. The order will go into effect on January 26, 2021.
Furthermore, any person who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last three months must be prepared to show documentation of recovery, which consists of proof of their positive viral test, coupled with a letter from a healthcare provider or a public health official, providing clearance to travel. Airlines will be responsible for confirming the negative test result or documentation of recovery for all passengers before they board, and will deny boarding to any person who does not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery, or chooses not to take a test.
The Government of The Bahamas has successfully implemented stringent measures to protect its citizens, residents and visitors, and is well positioned to adhere to this new order, seamlessly integrating the CDC’s testing requirements into The Bahamas’ existing COVID-19 protocols. Currently, visitors to The Bahamas who stay longer than four nights and five days are required to take a rapid antigen test on the fifth day of their stay, with a number of testing sites throughout The Bahamas approved to administer tests. This means travellers and residents alike, readily have access to the viral tests, now required to enter the U.S.
“The Bahamas Government will continue to work in accordance with the CDC to curb the spread of COVID-19, which has been our top priority since the onset of this global pandemic,” said Dionisio D’Aguilar, The Bahamas Minister of Tourism & Aviation. “Our journey has not been without bumps in the road, but we have made great strides in combatting this virus as evidenced by the very low case numbers we have now achieved. Visitors to our shores should have peace of mind knowing that we are making every effort to keep The Bahamas safe, and can now offer a turnkey, affordable and reliable testing process that meets U.S. requirements.”
All U.S. travellers to The Bahamas as well as Bahamian citizens and residents are required to abide by the CDC’s protocols to enter the U.S. An overview of these requirements, as well as FAQs, can be found on the CDC website.
For a list of approved COVD-19 testing sites in The Bahamas, as well as a full overview of The Bahamas’ travel and entry protocols, please visit Bahamas.com/travelupdates.
Due to the fluidity of COVID-19, the Government of The Bahamas will continue to monitor cases across the islands and loosen or tighten restrictions as needed. The Bahamas is an archipelago with more than 700 islands and cays, spread over 100,000 square miles, which means conditions and instances of the virus can be different on each of the 16 islands available to welcome visitors. Travellers should check the status of their island destination before travelling, by visiting Bahamas.com/travelupdates.
General Manager, Global Communications
Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation
For immediate release
LPIA Achieves First Level of Carbon Accreditation From Airports Council International
NASSAU, BAHAMAS December 9, 2020 — Airports Council International (ACI) recently announced that LPIA has achieved the first level of carbon accreditation in ACI’s global programme that provides a framework for all airports to reduce their environmental impact by managing carbon emissions.
The Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) is a 6-level, global carbon management programme, specific to the aviation sector, that works to improve environmental efficiency and carbon reduction at airports worldwide through certification. The program, which is the only one of its kind for airports, was launched in 2009 by ACI with 17 airports and now has over 380 of the world’s key airports. With each level, the airport undergoes various steps to achieve an enhanced level of carbon reduction efficiency.
LPIA’s level one achievement means that the airport has mapped out its carbon footprint through a rigorous and detailed process of data collection to classify and track the airport’s annual carbon sources and their emissions, leading to a carbon footprint calculation. This process was spearheaded by NAD’s environmental affairs team with assistance from other departments within the organization.
“The airport began the accreditation process in November 2019 and its completion of level one sets LPIA on a solid foundation towards its goal to be a carbon neutral and fully transformed airport by 2050,” said Vernice Walkine, President and Chief Executive Officer, NAD.
“Most of the work to achieve this certification took place during the COVID-19 pandemic. I am particularly proud that our team was able to remain focused and on track with this important effort while preparing the airport for operations in a COVID-19 environment,” she continued.
Within the Latin American and Caribbean region, LPIA is one of only three airports in its size category (two to five million passengers per year) to achieve level 1 accreditation. The other two airports are Las Américas International Airport, Dominican Republic and Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport, Guadeloupe. Overall, in Latin America and the Caribbean there are currently 26 certified airports in 8 countries at level 1 ‘Mapping’, representing 21.5% of air passenger traffic for the region.
The level one accreditation comes on the heels of LPIA’s recent health accreditation by ACI in August 2020, for excellence in preparing the airport for operations in a COVID-19 environment. “Both accreditations at this time are continued evidence of the airport’s commitment to aligning its operations to the best global industry standards, delivering a sustainable and safe airport experience for travelers,” concluded Walkine.
To learn more about the Airport Carbon Accreditation Programme by ACI visit: www.airportcarbonaccreditation.org.
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Photo Caption: LPIA Achieves First Level of Carbon Accreditation From Airports Council International on the heels of receiving the first health airport accreditation from ACI for airports in the Caribbean region.
Jan Knowles, Vice President of Marketing & Communications
Nassau Airport Development Company