Well, that was quick and should come as a surprise to no one. According to the Miami Herald, the Bahamas is closing their borders to U.S. tourists after COVID-19 cases spike.
In an article published on Sunday, the Miami Herald says: “Less than three weeks after reopening its borders to international visitors, the Bahamas on Sunday announced that it is closing all of its airports and seaports to tourists from the United States, effective Wednesday.
“Bahamasair, the country’s national carrier, will cease all outgoing flights to the United States immediately, Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said in a national address Sunday.
“Outgoing commercial flights will still be permitted to accommodate visitors scheduled to leave the Bahamas after Wednesday, he said. Visitors from Canada, the United Kingdom and the European Union will still be permitted to visit as long as they can show proof of a negative COVID-19 RT PCR test from an accredited laboratory taken within 10 days of their arrival.”
Also allowed under the new order according to Bahamas.com are, “Private International flights and charters for Bahamians, residents and visitors will be permitted. Pleasure craft and yachts will also be permitted.”
More information can be found at Bahamas.com/TravelUpdates.
I was shocked when the Bahamas said they were going to let U.S. tourists in, especially since Florida is their largest tourism market as it’s just a short flight and the epicenter of the world for COVID-19 cases.
The world is shrinking for Americans as Europe, Canada and Hawaii have extended their border closures. There aren’t a lot of places to go and if the U.S. doesn’t get their act together, you can expect this to be a long, cold winter.