Blog :: 10-2020

Welcome Back - No More Travel Quarantine: Everything You Need to Know About The Nov. 1 Changes

The Bahamas is preparing to welcome visitors back ahead of the holiday season with new travel and testing protocols starting November 1st, 2020. Here's everything you need to know about the changes:

No More 14-day Quarantine

Up until October 31st, 2020, all individuals arriving in The Bahamas from abroad were required to quarantine for a period of 14-days. Visitors were required to "Vacation in Place" during this 14-day quarantine period, remaining on the grounds of the hotel or vacation rental they were staying at. As of November 1st, this restriction will be lifted.

New Protocols

  1. The new protocols will require visitors, returning citizens, and residents to obtain an RT-PCR test no more than FIVE DAYS prior to arrival.
     
  2. All travelers will then be required to apply for an electronic Bahamas Health Travel Visa at a cost depending on the length of stay. Note: Health visa processing takes up to 72 hours, so be sure to leave yourself enough time.
     
  3. For the duration of the visit, complete a daily online health questionnaire for symptom tracking purposes.
     
  4. After five days, all individuals who entered The Bahamas and are staying longer than four nights and five days will be required to take a rapid COVID-19 antigen test. The cost of the rapid antigen test will be included in the Travel Visa.
     
  5. In addition, beginning November 14th, 2020, all visitors will be required to opt-in to mandatory COVID-19 health insurance when applying for their Health Travel Visa. The insurance will cover travelers for the duration of their stay in The Bahamas.

 

Visitors and residents are required to follow all Covid-19 requirements including wearing a mask and social distancing in public places.

For details about the new travel protocols and exemptions click here. To apply for a Bahamas Health Travel Visa, visit travel.gov.bs. As protocols are subject to change, and restrictions may vary from island to island, we recommend travelers check the status of their island destination before traveling by visiting Bahamas.com/travelupdates

We look forward to welcoming you back to our beautiful Bahamas Islands. Rest, relax, and rejuvenate. You might just find it's the perfect place to call home.

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Celebrating Halloween During A Pandemic

Halloween looks a bit different this year, especially here in The Bahamas where we currently have evening curfews and social distancing remains a priority, but that should not take away from the joy of dressing up and celebrating with family and friends. Here are some ideas that will allow for Halloween enjoyment while still ensuring that safety measures are taken.

Mask decorating- With masks being an integral part of keeping safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, people should still have the opportunity to have their fun. All you need are some disposable masks and colorful markers to get the fun started. With the markers, you can draw anything from beards and moustaches to full blown characters! Once decorated, you can swap out your costume masks for these fun and creative masks.

A picture of a young boy holding a pumpkin, wearing a pirate hat and a mask decorated with a beard

 

Spooky house decoration contest- Homes in the neighborhood should take part in a spooky house decoration contest where members of each household will decorate the exterior of their homes (or just their doors) to be super spooky. People within the neighborhood will vote on each home and whichever home receives the most votes for being the “Spookiest home”, wins.

Porch decorated with pumpkins, paper bats

 

Candy scavenger hunt- Social distancing is still important, so Instead of trick-or-treating this year, why not have a candy scavenger hunt in the backyard? The candy scavenger hunt is similar to an egg hunt but with candy-where assortments of candies and chocolates will be hidden all over the home or yard. we found this great set of free printable Halloween Scavenger Hunt Cards from The Best Ideas for Kids.

Halloween printable scavenger hunt cards

 

Halloween virtual party- Not having that annual Halloween party will probably be a little saddening this year but what about a virtual Halloween party? Everyone can dress up in their Halloween’s best and even set out snacks and drinks for themselves and then hop on Zoom with their friends! Kick it up a notch by creating a Halloween party playlist just for this party. 

A boy with a laptop, smiling. Halloween decorations behind him.

 

Halloween movie night- Nothing says Halloween better than a Halloween movie night! Grab some popcorn and treats and gather around the TV with family and or friends to watch Halloween themed or horror movies. By simply typing in “Halloween” into subscriptions like Netflix and Hulu, you’ll be given many movies to choose from and if that doesn’t satisfy you, check out this list of 49 best Halloween movies ever.

A group of people on a couch watching television and looking frightened

More ideas for Halloween Fun from home:

https://www.care.com/c/stories/16984/fun-halloween-ideas-pandemic/

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus/halloween-tips-for-safe-fun-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic

https://www.seventeen.com/life/g1558/best-halloween-movies/