Thursday, August 5, 2021

RT-PCR or Rapid Antigen Test Required for Locals Before Hotel Check-in

The Ministry of Tourism said the use of an RT-PCR test or Rapid Antigen test is necessary for citizens and residents before check-in at a hotel.

However, none is required if citizens or residents are using the hotel’s outdoor facilities like a restaurant or golf course, without having to enter the hotel.

In these particular instances, observing the usual health protocols (wear a mask, sanitize your hands and keep six feet away from anyone who is not in your party) are expected.

The Ministry of Tourism explains why

  • The purpose of this new Order is to safeguard the use of hotels by all persons and to mitigate any negative impact the Coronavirus may have on this critical component of our tourism sector.
  • As such, all persons wishing to stay in a hotel in either New Providence or Grand Bahama must be in possession of a RT-PCR test or a Rapid Antigen test, with a negative result, prior to check in.
  • Since all travellers entering The Bahamas from another country are required to be in possession of a RT PCR test prior to arrival, they will, with the presentation of a valid Bahamas Health Travel Visa, automatically fulfill this requirement.
  • In addition, since all travellers are required to complete a Rapid Antigen test on the fifth day of their return to The Bahamas, that too, will automatically extend their ability to visit hotels and their related facilities.
  • All tests, whether PCR or Rapid Antigen, are valid for seven days until 4 January 2021 and then valid for five days thereafter.
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