Bahamas Travel Health Visa

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Bahamas Travel Health Visa Information

The Bahamas Travel Health Visa (BTHV) is an electronic permit that is required by international travelers in order to enter the island country.

Also known as the Bahamas Travel Health Card, the BTHV was introduced in 2020 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The BTHV certifies that the individual is in good health to the best of their knowledge and that they are safe to travel to the Bahamas.

All passengers over aged 18 (eighteen) years and older must have a valid Bahamas Health Visa.

Minors (those below the age of 18) must have a profile in the BTHV account belonging to their parent or guardian.

The BTHV can be obtained by completing a Bahamas Travel Health Visa application form online. This simple questionnaire takes a matter of minutes to fill in.

Travelers must also upload a negative COVID-19 test result to the BTHV portal.

The BTHV is not the same as a standard Bahamas visa and it is not an alternative. Citizens of countries that require a normal visa for the Bahamas must apply for one at a Bahamian embassy or consulate in addition to getting the Health Visa online.

The Bahamas Health Visa permits travelers to enter the country for whatever activities (e.g. tourism, business, etc.) they are permitted to engage in under the terms of their other visas or rights.

Highlights

Requirement for entry to the Bahamas during the pandemic

Certifies that the individual is safe to travel

Quick online application

Grants entry to the Bahamas for any reason permitted

What Is Necessary?

Valid passport

Passport-style photo

Negative RT-PCR test result for COVID-19

Bahamas Travel Health Visa Requirements

Individuals applying for the Bahamas electronic health visa must meet the necessary requirements.

Travelers filling out a Bahamas Health Visa application form must provide the following items:

  • Digital copy (scan) of the information page of a valid passport
  • Recent passport-style photo of the traveler
  • Negative RT-PCR test result for coronavirus

The RT-PCR test must have been taken at most 5 days before arrival in the Bahamas. Children under the age of 11 are exempt from this requirement.

The Bahamas Health Visa requirements include agreeing to the health protocols designed to prevent coronavirus transmission while staying on the islands.

Travelers are required to submit the following information:

  • Personal information
  • Passport details
  • Any health conditions they have
  • An emergency contact

It is then necessary to give some information about the intended trip and the RT-PCR test taken beforehand.

Countries Eligible for Bahamas

Citizens from the countries listed below are eligible to apply online to enter Bahamas

Countries Eligible for Bahamas

  • Andorra
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Cape Verde
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Dominica
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Estonia
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guyana
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Lesotho
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macedonia
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Suriname
  • Swaziland
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Tanzania
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turkey
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • Vanuatu
  • Vatican City
  • Venezuela
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

STEP 1
Complete online application
STEP 2
Confirm Payment
STEP 3
Receive approved Visa

Covid Update for Bahamas

Last update: 19/05/2021

Travelers arriving from or having transited through Haiti are not permitted to enter the Bahamas until 12 June 2021 at the earliest. All travelers must present a QR code from a “Bahamas Health Visa” application, completed online before departure. A negative PCR, RT-PCR test result from within 5 days before arrival is necessary to obtain this health visa (children under 11 years of age are exempt). Passengers with a vaccination certificate who received the last vaccine dose at least 2 weeks before arrival are exempt from the test requirement. Accepted vaccines include: AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Janssen, Moderna, and Pfizer-BioNTech.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Bahamas Visa FAQ

  • What is the Bahamas Travel Health Visa?

    The Bahamas Travel Health Visa (BTHV) is an online travel permit based on health criteria. It is an entry requirement for all international travelers heading to the Bahamas during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Who needs a Health Visa for the Bahamas?

    All travelers entering the Bahamas from abroad need an international BTHV, including Bahamian nationals and residents of the islands.

    A domestic Bahamas Travel Health Visa is required for journeys between the different islands while in the country.

  • Is the Bahamas Travel Health Visa the same as a normal Bahamas visa?

    No, the BTHV and a standard Bahamas visa are 2 separate travel permits.

    The Health Visa is required by all travelers entering the island country during the COVID-19 pandemic and is obtained online.

    A standard Bahamas visa is only required by travelers from certain countries and must be applied for at a Bahamian diplomatic mission abroad.

  • How long can I stay in the Bahamas with the Health Visa?

    The Health Visa does not limit the amount of time an individual can spend in the Bahamas. There are different BTHV prices depending on the length of stay.

    The length of time a traveler can spend in the Bahamas depends on their nationality, their status in the Bahamas (i.e. if they are a citizen, resident, or visitor), and the terms of their standard Bahamian visa (if applicable).

  • What are the requirements for obtaining a Health Visa for the Bahamas?

    Travelers over the age of 18 entering the Bahamas from abroad must obtain a Bahamian Health Visa beforehand. Under-18s must be registered on their parent or legal guardian’s account.

    Applicants are required to upload a copy of the information page of their passport, a passport-style photo, and a negative test result for coronavirus from an RT-PCR taken at most 5 days before they are scheduled to land in the Bahamas.

    It is also required to adhere to the health protocols in place on the islands, including further testing, wearing a mask, and quarantining if this is deemed necessary.

  • How much is the Bahamas Health Visa?

    The Bahamas Travel Health Visa cost depends on the traveler and the criteria of their trip. For example, a BTHV for travel between the different islands costs less than a Health Visa for individuals arriving in the Bahamas from abroad.

    BTHVs for long visits cost more than those for travelers staying for up to 4 nights.

    Citizens and residents of the Bahamas returning to the country pay the minimum fee for an international BTHV.

    The price of a BTHV also includes the cost of a Rapid Antigen test, which must be taken once in the country.

  • How do I apply for a Bahamas Travel Health Visa?

    The BTHV can be obtained by filling in a Bahamas Health Visa application form. This is done online.

    Travelers must simply enter the required personal, passport, travel, and health information into the fields provided and upload a negative RT-PCR test result for COVID-19 (the test must be taken within 5 days before arrival in the Bahamas).

  • What information do I need to provide on my Bahamas Travel Health Visa application?

    The following information is required when filling out the international travel application for the Bahamas Health Visa:

    • Basic personal information
    • Contact details
    • Passport number and expiry date
    • Flight details
    • Address of accommodation in the Bahamas
    • Details about the RT-PCR test taken within 5 days before arrival
  • How long will my Bahamas Travel Health Visa take to process?

    Bahamas Travel Health Visa applications are generally processed within a few working days at most. Sometimes, the BTHV is even received on the same day. In rare cases, it may take a little longer due to a high volume of requests or due to errors or inconsistencies in the data provided.

  • What should I do if I have made a mistake on my application for a Bahamas Travel Health Visa?

    If the Bahamas Health Visa application has already been submitted, it may not be possible to rectify the error. In this case, it will be necessary to apply again.

  • Is the Bahamas Travel Health Visa easy to get?

    Yes, the BTHV can be obtained by completing a quick form online.

  • What happens if my Bahamas Travel Health Visa application is rejected?

    The most common causes of online visa applications being rejected are small errors and inconsistencies in the data provided. Travelers should double-check all the information they have entered in the Bahamas Travel Health Card application system before submitting their online form.

    In the unlikely event that an application is rejected, the individual must start a new application.

  • Do I need a COVID-19 test to get a Bahamas Travel Health Visa?

    Yes, all travelers aged eleven (11) years or above must take an RT-PCR test for coronavirus in the 5 days prior to arriving in the Bahamas. The test result must be negative and must be uploaded via the BTHV platform before embarking and presented to border security upon arrival.

  • What are the terms of the Bahamas Travel Health Visa?

    When applying for the BTHV, the traveler agrees to abide by the health rules and regulations in the Bahamas. These include the following:

    • Complete a daily health survey
    • Rapid Antigen Test on the 5th day after arrival
    • A 2nd test if the first is positive
    • Quarantine for 14 days or leave the country via an approved medical transport if both tests are positive

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