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.
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
Mandatory Vacation-in-Place Requirement is Replaced by COVID-19 Health Insurance, Monitoring Procedures, and On-Island Rapid Testing for Those Staying Longer Than Five Days
NASSAU, Bahamas, October 31, 2020 – The Islands of The Bahamas today announced streamlined entry protocols that will enable visitors to better and more seamlessly enjoy The Bahamas vacation experience.
Those who booked travel under the former protocols that required an RT PCR test taken seven (7) days prior to travel will be permitted to enter The Bahamas with their Bahamas Health Travel Visa and negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result, through November 6, 2020 only.
Effective 1 November 2020, The Bahamas will require all travelers to:
1. Obtain a COVID-19 RT PCR test five (5) days prior to arrival.
2. Apply for a Bahamas Health Travel Visa at travel.gov.bs
3. For the duration of the visit, complete a daily online health questionnaire for symptom tracking purposes.
4. Take a COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test on Day 5 of the visit (unless departing on day 5).
5. Always wear a mask and always social distance in public places.
In addition, beginning 14 November 2020, all visitors will be required to opt-in to mandatory COVID-19 health insurance when applying for their Health Travel Visa. The insurance will cover travellers for the duration of their stay in The Bahamas.
Specifics of the new protocols are as follows:
Prior to Travel:
1. COVID-19 RT-PCR Test
- All persons travelling to The Bahamas must obtain a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR (swab) test taken no more than five (5) days prior to the date of arrival.
- The name and address of the lab, where the test was performed, must be clearly displayed on the test result.
- All persons travelling to The Bahamas must obtain a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR (swab) test taken no more than five (5) days prior to the date of arrival.
- Children age ten (10) and under.
- Pilots and crew of commercial airlines who remain overnight in The Bahamas.
2. Bahamas Health Travel Visa
- Once in possession of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result, apply for a Bahamas Health Travel Visa at TRAVEL.GOV.BS
- Click on the International Tab and upload test results and other required documents.
- Fees for the Bahamas Health Travel Visa, inclusive of Day 5 Rapid Antigen Test and mandatory health insurance, are as follows:
- $40 – Visitors staying up to four nights and five days.
- $40 – Citizens and returning residents.
- $60 – Visitors staying more than four nights.
- Free – Children 10 years and under
1. Comply with Monitoring Protocols:
- Any visitor who exhibits COVID symptoms at any time during their stay will be required to take a Rapid Antigen Test and receive a negative result before being permitted to continue with their vacation.
- If a person tests positive they will be required to follow up with a COVID-19 RT-PCR swab test.
2. Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Testing (if applicable):
- All persons who are staying in The Bahamas longer than four nights/five days will be required to take a rapid COVID-19 antigen test.
- All visitors departing on or before five days will not be required to obtain this test.
- The rapid tests are easy, quick and will yield results in 60 minutes or less with results being provided electronically via SMS text message and email.
- Hotel properties will provide relevant information on testing arrangements, while others will facilitate the required rapid test for their guests.
- All persons on yachts and other pleasure craft will be able to make arrangements for their required rapid tests at the port of entry or via the relevant website.
- All other visitors, returning residents and citizens will be able to make arrangements for their required rapid tests at the port of entry or via the relevant website.
Notwithstanding any health restrictions that may be implemented from time to time, all travelers abiding by these new protocols will be permitted to move about and explore the beauty and vibrant culture of The Bahamas beyond the confines of their hotel or other accommodations.
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. Travelers should check the status of their island destination before travelling by visiting Bahamas.com/travelupdates, where they can also review entry requirements applicable to each member of their party before booking a trip.
The Bahamas has remained diligent in its efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19 throughout the islands, and these measures are imperative to ensure that remains the case. The health and wellbeing of both residents and visitors remain the number one priority of public health officials. It is important to note, however, that due to fluidity of the COVID-19 situation, both in The Bahamas and worldwide, protocols are subject to change.
General Manager, Global Communications
Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation
- $40 – Visitors staying up to four nights and five days.
Airports Council International Latin America and the Caribbean (ACI-LAC) congratulates Nassau´s Lynden Pindling International Airport for obtaining ACI’s Airport Health Accreditation.
The ACI Airport Health Accreditation (AHA) program provides airports with an assessment of how aligned their health measures are with the ACI Aviation Business Restart and Recovery guidelines and the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Council Aviation Restart Task Force recommendations along with industry best practices and the World Health Organization.
Aviation and tourism are key economic drivers for national economies and society at large, particularly in island nations. “We are pleased to have obtained this health accreditation which is a positive milestone on our road to economic and tourism recovery,” said Ms. Vernice Walkine, President and Chief Executive Officer at the Nassau airport. “The airport and its tourism partners including the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and the Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board are deeply committed to creating an environment where travelers can return to The Bahamas and indeed our region, to experience all we have to offer.”
Dr. Rafael Echevarne, Director General of ACI-LAC, said: “By obtaining the AHA, Nassau’s LPIA demonstrates its commitment to protecting the health of passengers and airport employees and its contribution to the economic and social recovery and development”.
Airports Council International (ACI) is the international airport organization, with 1,960 airports in 176 countries. The Latin American and Caribbean office (ACI-LAC) has 270 airports in 34 countries that manage 95% of air traffic in the region.
NASSAU, BAHAMAS June 29, 2020—On Wednesday July 1st, 2020, international flights will resume for inbound visitors as the government of The Bahamas moves into the third phase of restarting air travel disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In preparation for the return of international passenger traffic, officials at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) are reviewing preliminary flight schedules and working closely with key stakeholders to ensure the safety of all airport users.
“As we enter this final reopening phase and welcome visitors to the destination and residents back home, our focus is on ensuring that all airport partners are ready on July 1st to support the additional safety protocols put in place by the government to reduce the spread of COVID-19,” said Vernice Walkine, President & CEO of Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD).
“From an airport perspective, we anticipate a gradual uptick in arrivals and departures over the next two to three weeks. The phased approached to restarting air service has allowed our team to successfully test new safety protocols in real time. As we move forward in this new normal of operating in a pandemic, we are using the best practices learned to date to guide our plan.”
Current flight projections show a total of six flights arriving from the United States on July 1st starting with Delta Airlines’ inbound service from Atlanta to Nassau at approximately 11:30 a.m. Six flights are scheduled for departure on day 1. Airlines have scheduled direct service to Nassau from key US gateways such as Charlotte NC, New York (JFK), Denver, Houston, Baltimore, Newark, Miami and Ft. Lauderdale along with service from Toronto, Canada.
Passengers traveling to and from Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) can expect new protocols on departure and arrival. Starting July 1st, all inbound travellers will be required to complete an electronic Health Visa prior to travel. All visitors, Bahamian citizens and residents will be asked to present a Negative PCR COVID-19 test and confirmation of their approved Health Visa upon entry or return to The Bahamas. The test should be taken no more than ten (10) days prior to the date of travel. For more information on testing requirements, visits https://travel.gov.bs/.
On arrival at LPIA, passengers should expect to have their temperatures taken as we begin to welcome guests. Persons showing symptoms of COVID-19 will be referred to the local health officials at the airport for further testing and evaluation.
Immigration officials will provide all visitors with a flyer outlining mandatory guidelines by the Government of The Bahamas to protect visitors and residents against the spread of COVID-19.
The safety and security of all passengers, tenants and staff at LPIA remains a top priority for airport officials. Existing protocols will continue into the final phase of reopening. In addition to social distancing floor markers and signage implemented in phase one, plexiglass barriers are also in place at major points of interaction between travellers and airport staff. All passengers are required by law to wear masks or a face covering in public spaces including airport terminals with the exception of passengers under the age of two. Only ticketed passengers will be allowed in the terminals with the exception of persons accompanying minors travelling alone, elderly passengers or those with restricted mobility.
Cleaning and sanitation schedules will continue to focus on high touch point areas in the terminals and nightly cleaning will focus on utilizing fogging machines and electrostatic sprayers to disinfect.
Retail and food & beverage partners at LPIA have also implemented safety protocols in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Seating has been reduced in all food courts at LPIA by 30 % and new cash handling guidelines are in place to minimize contact at the point of checkout.
Passengers are reminded to contact their airlines for specific travel schedules and to arrive at the airport at least two hours before domestic travel and three hours before international travel. Arriving early will allow extra time to check in and be processed for boarding. For airport updates, visit www.nassaulpia.com or follow @nassau_airport on Facebook and Instagram. For more information on regulations for visitors travelling to The Bahamas, visit https://www.bahamas.com/tourism-reopening.
NASSAU, BAHAMAS June 6, 2020—Inter-island commercial flights will resume at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) on Monday June 8th, 2020, in accordance with the Government of The Bahamas’ phased reopening of air traffic in the country.
In preparation for increased commercial activity in terminal, NAD and its airport partners have worked in close collaboration to implement safety protocols aimed at reducing the risk of COVID-19 transmission for travellers and staff.
Among the new protocols, all airport users must wear a mask or face covering when in the terminal buildings. Outbound passengers travelling from New Providence to a domestic destination will be required to complete a standardized travel form and a standardized health form at the time of check-in.
Additional health checks may be conducted at the discretion of health professionals stationed at the airport including temperature checks. Passengers who present with symptoms of COVID-19 will be isolated in a separate area of the airport for further testing and evaluation.
Jonathan Hanna, Director of Operations at NAD, said as a result of the new safety protocols, the airport experience will be somewhat different from what travellers are used to. Officials are asking persons utilizing the facilities to adhere to all protocols for the safety and security of all.
“The first change that passengers can expect is that access to the terminal facilities will be limited to essential airport workers and ticketed passengers only. We’ve put in some concessions for elderly passengers, passengers with restricted mobility and passengers who are minors who need additional assistance,” Hanna explained.
“Additionally, NAD has put down social distancing markers in all public areas including in the check-in halls, Bahamas Immigration and Bahamas Customs to provide passengers with the information on where to stand to ensure they have as much physical distancing as possible.”
Plexiglass barriers are now in place in the Domestic & International terminal’s check-in hall and domestic boarding gates. Additional work will continue in the US Departures terminal, Bahamas Immigration, Bahamas Customs and other areas.
In preparation for activity in-terminal, NAD ramped up cleaning and sanitization, purchasing fogging machines which allow cleaning teams to sanitize up to 2,000 sq ft at a time as well as electrostatic sprayers that use a negative charge to wrap around materials and help disinfect hard to reach areas.
NAD will continue to monitor overall operations over the coming weeks as the travel restrictions are lifted during each phase. Starting Monday June 15, 2020, commercial flights to The Bahamas will resume exclusively for Bahamian citizens, legal residents and homeowners qualifying for economic permanent residency as well as the immediate family members of these groups. Private aviation will also resume at all fixed-based operators (FBOs) at the airport.
Starting Wednesday July 1, 2020, international flights will resume for Bahamian and foreign travellers.
Airport officials recommend that travellers arrive at the airport at least two hours for Domestic travelers and three hours for international travelers before their flight’s scheduled departure 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 persons begin to travel. Passengers are asked to contact the relevant airlines for the latest flight schedules. For airport updates, visit www.nassaulpia.com or follow @nassau_airport on Facebook and Instagram.
New Guidelines For Passengers, Airport Employees and Tenants To Reduce The Spread of COVID-19
NASSAU, BAHAMAS June 1, 2020—Today, officials at the Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) outlined reactivation plans in anticipation of increased commercial traffic at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA).
On March 23, 2020, the government of The Bahamas placed restrictions on international and domestic travel as part of its response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Airport stakeholders including airlines, commercial tenants and government entities are finalizing a comprehensive reactivation plan including recommendations from local Ministry of Health officials, the Centers For Disease Control, the World Health Organization and the Pan American Health Organization. Vernice Walkine, President & CEO of NAD said all entities at LPIA will adhere to new operating procedures in an effort to keep airport employees, passengers, and stakeholder partners safe.
“As we move closer to accommodating more commercial traffic at LPIA, we are being guided by the advice of local medical professionals. We’re also working closely within the Vantage Airport Group network of ten global airports, to share best practices for implementing new protocols in a dynamic airport environment.”
She continued, “We are putting the necessary measures in place to ensure the safety of our employees, passengers, and airport partners. Once commercial travel ramps up, there will be visible and necessary changes to the way we conduct business in terminal. Even with the changes, our commitment to providing the best experience for LPIA users remains the same.”
To observe social distancing guidelines required in public spaces, floor markers and signage are in place at check-in areas, pre-board security screening checkpoints, customs and immigration halls and in retail and food & beverage spaces.
Another major change at LPIA, only ticketed passengers and airport employees with valid-IDs will be allowed in the terminal buildings with the exception of persons who may require special assistance (elderly passengers, disabled persons or unaccompanied minors). Physical distancing will also be mandatory at baggage carousels on arrival.
Seating in the post-security hold rooms, where passengers wait for outgoing flights, have been reduced by about 30%. Travelers will also notice a reduction in the amount of seating in the food court and in check-in halls. Additional stanchions and barriers have been added to limit crowding in public areas in the terminals. NAD’s Commercial Development Team is working directly with commercial tenants to ensure that best practices are adhered to in their operating spaces, and that where appropriate they offer for sale to the traveling public critical items such as masks, hand sanitizer gels, etc.
This week, plexiglass barriers are being installed in the check-in halls in Terminal A and Terminal C as well as at boarding gates. Additional barriers will be installed in Bahamas Customs, Bahamas Immigration and at the rental car facility to reduce the potential transmission of COVID-19 between passengers and airport workers.
In accordance with emergency orders currently in place, all airport workers and passengers will be required to wear a mask or facial covering inside the airport terminals. Amenities such as the water fountains and children’s play areas will remain closed until further notice.
Airport cleaning teams will continue to sanitize high touch points such as escalator handrails, elevator buttons and door handles. NAD recently invested in additional equipment such as foggers and will be acquiring electrostatic sprayers to help the cleaning team apply chemicals in a more efficient and controlled manner over large areas. The company has also placed signage in all washroom facilities reminding users to engage in good hygiene practices.
“In addition to increasing the number of push and automated hand sanitizer stations we’ve also enhanced cleaning measures throughout our facilities. LPIA is known for its attention to detail as it relates to cleaning and our high customer satisfaction ratings speak to this. We’ve escalated the cleaning regimen in terminal by utilizing hospital grade EPA approved disinfectants which have been proven to kill 99.99% of viruses and germs,” Deborah Coleby, Vice President of Operations explained.
Members of the travelling public are encouraged to stay informed and alert regarding new changes to travel procedures. Once the airport resumes full operations, passengers should arrive at least three hours before a scheduled flight and be prepared to follow all safety protocols while at the airport.
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Photo caption: LPIA Stakeholders Finalize Reactivation Plans
Update: Airport Operations/COVID-19 Corona Virus
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
The Nassau Airport Development Company Ltd. wishes to advise the general public that Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) is open and fully operational. The airport is not closing in the foreseeable future. We are continuing to monitor the global spread of COVID-19 and are working closely with local health officials and our airport partners to ensure the safety and security of all LPIA users.
We are asking members of the traveling public to contact their individual airlines for updates on flight schedules. A listing of all airlines and their contacts can be found on LPIA’s website. For the latest information on our airport operations, please visit www.nassaulpia.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @nassau_lpia.
On behalf of our team here at Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD), I want to share important information regarding our airport’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
As passengers, employees, tenants and partners at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA), your safety is always our first priority. Our comprehensive emergency response plan is currently activated and involves input from all primary stakeholders.
From the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, we have been in direct contact with the Bahamas Ministry of Health, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation, Bahamas Immigration, Bahamas Customs and other local agencies to ensure that our response takes into consideration the entire airport community.
Throughout our terminal buildings, we have placed additional hand sanitizing stations. Our cleaning technicians have also ramped up their activities in terminal, increasing the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting flat surfaces, handrails and door handles. Arriving passengers will also notice that Bahamas Immigration has discontinued self-service kiosks and are now screening individual passengers to determine their specific travel history prior to arriving at LPIA.
To date, there are three confirmed cases (edited March 20, 2020) of COVID-19 in The Bahamas. We recognize that this situation is evolving and we will be updating our website and social media platforms with any new developments impacting our airport community.
I would also like to encourage you to continue to follow the Bahamas Ministry of Health at https://www.facebook.com/MOHBahamas/ for the latest information on the country’s overall approach to managing the threat of coronavirus.
You can find the latest coronavirus information as it relates to travel to and from LPIA on our website https://nassaulpia.com/lpia-coronavirus-updates or follow us @nassau_lpia on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
We look forward to serving you at LPIA now and into the future. Our commitment is to continue to work with our partners to the safety and well being of our entire airport community.
Vernice Walkine, President and CEO,
Nassau Airport Development Company Limited