Monday, June 5, 2023

New Travel Requirements for Eleuthera and Harbour Island

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People travelling from Eleuthera and Harbour Island are now required to take the COVID-19 test to obtain a travel healthvisa.

The announcement for new travel requirements for Eleuthera and Harbour Island was released on Thursday evening from the Office of the Prime Minister.

Why it matters

Health officials have seen notable spike in COVID-19 cases in Eleuthera and Grand Bahama. Prime Minister Hubert Minnis announced on Tuesday that health officials were managing outbreaks on these isalnds.

He added that the vaccination programme will be accelerated to address the increase in cases.

The details included in the Emergency Order

  • In accordance with the Emergency Powers (COVID-19 Pandemic) (Risk Management) (No.4) (Amendment) (No. 10) Order, 2021, persons traveling from Harbour Island and Eleuthera will now be required to undergo a RTPCR COVID-19 test in order to obtain a travel health visa.
  • The requirement is effective Thursday 1 April and applies to persons older than 10 years of age traveling from Harbour Island and Eleuthera, to other parts of The Bahamas.
  • This does not apply to travel between mainland Eleuthera and its surrounding islands and cays.
  • Travelers from Eleuthera and Harbour Island will also now be required to take a COVID-19 rapid antigen test on the fifth day after arrival to their destination within the Bahamas and submit the results to the Ministry of Health online via the health travel website.
  • The inter-island testing requirements are expected to be eased with the acceleration of the COVID-19 vaccination roll out.
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