Why the Government Made an Exemption for Private Jet Arrivals From the U.S

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While the government has restricted commercial flights from the United States from entering the country, the Bahamas remains open to private jets from our northern neighbour who provides the biggest tourism market for the country.

Passengers aboard private air crafts spend an average of $1,500 per person, which means one private jet gives as much revenue into the economy as 50 people arriving in the country on a commercial flight.

Like the Bahamas, Thialand is attracting private jet arrivals. Thailand said it would allow private jet travelers to visit without quarantine restrictions.

A recent analysis says flying privately reduces risk to the virus as business aviation employees on the front line interact with fewer passengers.

Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said although there is an exception for private jet arrivals, it comes with several requirements:

  • A valid negative COVID-19 test  from an accredited lab. The Bahamas currently does not accept Rapid Antigen or Antibody (IgG/IgM).
  • The test must have been taken within 10 days of your arrival date.
  • The passenger needs to apply for a Travel Health Visa and upload your test.

Exemptions for American visitors include children under 10 years old and the flight crew, if they will be in the country for less than 24 hours.

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