Bahamas Will Be Banning U.S. Tourists In An Effort to Reduce Coronavirus Spread
Well, within the last few weeks, not only did travel become a reality again, but so did many other things we never thought we’d see for a long time: Dining out in restaurants, getting pampered at a salon, and even getting to hit up the gym.
The problem is, now that many places are back to dong these activities in full force, we’re starting to see coronavirus cases up again in many states. We just can’t win!
The increases in cases are so concerning that the island nation of Bahamas has recently decided to close its borders to travelers from the United States. So if you thought you’d ben basking on the tropical island this summer, you may need to reschedule that flight once again. Sigh.
“International commercial flights and commercial vessels carrying passengers will not be permitted to enter our borders,” a statement on the Bahamas tourism website says.
There is just one exception to their new policy: The only travelers who are allowed to enter into the Bahamas are commercial flights from Canada, the United Kingdom, and the European Union. However, travelers from these areas are still required to provide proof that they are negative for coronavirus within 10 days of their arrival in the Bahamas.
Another exception: If you’re traveling via a private boat or private charter flight, you’ll still be able to visit the Bahamas. Additionally, anyone who is already in the Bahamas will be able to travel home, of course—the policy just states that no one knew can enter. As of now, there is no mention of when the ban might be lifted.
Though it’s frustrating, They’re just taking extra precautions, which makes sense, considering the outcome they’ve had with the virus. The Bahamas had just 15 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing their grand total to just 153 cases. That’s compared to the millions of cases that occurred in the United States.
To hear more about the new policy regarding travel bans to the Bahamas, check out the video below.
Did you have plans to head to the Bahamas anytime soon? What do you think of the island nation closing their borders? Do you think it would be smart for other islands will follow suit?