April 28

The Bahamas Prime Minister, The Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis, announced that the Emergency Order, “Emergency Powers (COVID 19) (NO. 11) Order, 2020,” will remain in effect until May 30, 2020.

The current Emergency Order impacts travelers in the following ways:

  • No visitor shall be permitted to enter and disembark for any reason including transiting through The Bahamas.
  • The Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) has closed the Lynden Pindling International Airport and all other airports throughout The Bahamas are closed to incoming flights carrying passengers.
    • Airlines are permitted, with proper approval, to fly empty aircraft into The Bahamas to retrieve international visitors and return them to their home country.
  • All seaports shall be closed to regional and international seafaring and private boating.
  • Air and sea restrictions do not apply to cargo flights or cargo ships, commercial courier flights, emergency medical flights, or emergency flights approved by the Civil Aviation Authority.
  • All international visitors currently in The Bahamas should be prepared to stay for an indefinite period of time.
  • No person shall offer for hire or seek to travel on any mail boat, sailing inter-island, except for transport of freight; or inter-island private commercial sea transport.
  • All resorts and hotels on Nassau, Grand Bahama Island, and the Out Islands are currently closed to international travelers. Please see below for a full list of when these resorts plan to reopen.
    • Nassau
      • Atlantis, Paradise Island: closed until May 15, 2020
      • Baha Mar: closed until further notice
      • Sandals Royal Bahamian: closed until May 15, 2020
      • Meliá Nassau Beach–All Inclusive: closed until June 4, 2020
      • The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort, Bahamas remains open for business during this time. If you have questions about the resort services and facilities, please reach out to the hotel directly at +1.242.363.2501 
      • Bay View Suites Paradise Island, Bahamas: closed until further notice
      • Comfort Suites Paradise Island: closed through June 28, 2020
    • Grand Bahama
      • All hotels and resorts are closed until further notice
    • Out Islands
      • All hotels and resorts are closed until further notice

The current Emergency Order impacts residents in the following ways:

  • All residents will be placed on a 24-hour curfew and are to remain at home to avoid contact outside of their family, except for those who have been deemed essential workers or have special permission from the Commissioner of Police.
  • Residents can leave their homes for essential travel to the doctor, grocery store, bank, pharmacy or to refuel; as well as for outside exercise, provided that the exercise is conducted on one’s own property. Proper social distancing guidelines of at least six feet (6ft.) must be followed at all times while outside the home.
  • A food shopping schedule has been designed and implemented to cut down on exposure, physical interactions, and provide residents with enough opportunity to get the essential items that they need. Specially designated times have been established for senior citizens and persons with disabilities.
  • All public beaches, markets, and docks will be closed, and no vehicles are permitted on any public or private roads for any purpose other than stated above.
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