BAHAMAS TRAVEL GUIDE
INTRODUCTION TO BAHAMAS
To those who can’t resist the charm of blue waters and long sandy palm-fringed shorelines, the Bahamas is a true paradise. From lazing about on the beach to dancing the night away, the Bahamas offer every beach fantasy and more. The 700 islands are dotted with spectacular bays and coves where frothy waves wash over white soft sparkling sand. The azure waters of the Bahamas are amongst the clearest in the world and the marine life absolutely spectacular!
BAHAMAS COVID-19 TRAVEL STATUS
The Bahamas has opened its borders to all travellers, including visitors. travellers must present a negative Covid-19 PCR test result issued within 5 days prior to arrival and apply for a Bahamas Travel Health Visa. Entry restrictions: The Bahamas reopened its borders. Starting November 1, travellers entering The Bahamas will no longer need to Vacation-in-Place. Entry requirements: Traveler must have a COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued within 5 days prior to arrival. No other type of COVID-19 test is accepted. Children under the age of 10 and airline pilots and crew who remain overnight in The Bahamas are exempt from presenting a COVID-19 PCR-RT test result. travellers must apply for a Bahamas Travel Health Visa. Confirmation will be provided via email. Each traveler must have their confirmation on hand upon arrival at their destination. travellers must also upload their negative COVID-19 test result. Travel Health Visa applications take up to 72 hours to process and should be completed with adequate lead time. Traveler with a COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued within 7 days prior to arrival are still allowed to enter until November 6, if they booked their trip before November 1. Starting November 14, as part of the Travel Health Visa application, travellers will be required to opt-in to COVID-19 health insurance that covers them for the duration of their stay. Quarantine requirements: travellers who exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 at any time during their stay will be required to take a Rapid Antigen Test and receive a negative result before being permitted to continue their vacation. travellers who tested positive will be subject to a follow up with a COVID-19 RT-PCR swab test. travellers who are staying longer than 5 days will be required to take a Rapid Antigen Test. All other infoAll travellers are required to wear protective face masks. There are currently 1,503 active cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in The Bahamas and 163 deaths as of Nov 29 2020 https://covid19. gov. bs/travel/https://opm. gov. bs/1603-2/?highlight=travel
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BAHAMAS QUICK FACTS
Currency: Bahamian dollar (BSD) / US dollar (USD)(Widely accepted)
Area: 13,940 km²
Population: 385 640 (2018)
Language: English, Creole (among Haitian immigrants)
Religion: Baptist 32%, Anglican 20%, Roman Catholic 19%, Methodist 6%, Church of God 6%, other Protestant 12%, none or unknown 3%, other 2%
Electricity: 120V, 60Hz (North American plug)
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BAHAMAS PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
10 January, Majority Rule Day
1st Friday in June, Labour Day
3–10 July, Independence Day celebrations
10 July, Independence Day
1st Monday in August, Emancipation Day
2nd Monday in October, National Heroes Day
Also, Good Friday, Easter Monday, and Whit Monday (the Monday after Pentecost).
BAHAMAS WEATHER SYNOPSIS
The Bahamas is located on the boundary of the tropical and subtropical zones and, as such, has a semi-tropical or subtropical marine climate, which is moderated by the warm waters of the Gulf Stream. The islands experience warm, humid conditions year-round, though with more seasonal variations than the Southern Caribbean islands. There are also variations between the islands of the Bahamas, with rainfall falling twice as much in the northwestern islands than in the southeastern islands, and the more northerly islands experiencing temperatures up to 5° cooler than the southern islands. Average temperatures are fairly high, with the mean daily temperatures fluctuating between 17°C and 32°C. Mean annual rainfall for the Bahamas varies from about 865 mm to about 1470 mm. Inter-annual variability in climate is strongly influenced by the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO). El Niño episodes bring warmer and drier conditions between June and August. Located in the heart of the Atlantic hurricane belt, the Bahamas is also subject to hurricanes and tropical cyclones especially during the August – November period.
SPORT & ACTIVITIES
HIKING & CYCLING IN BAHAMAS
Outdoor activities in The Bahamas are best enjoyed during the drier months from December to April, but are generally accessible throughout the year.
BEACH OPTIONS IN BAHAMAS
Although you can visit the stunning beaches of The Bahamas at any time of the year, the dry season from December to April is by far better.
SURFING IN BAHAMAS
The Bahamas has some great and consistent surf all year round. The best surf is usually from October to April. Eleuthera has some of the most powerful and reliable surf.
KITESURF IN BAHAMAS
The windy kitesurfing season in The Bahamas is from November to April. Check out Nassau, Eleuthera, Spanish Wells & Harbour Island, Abacos, Exumas, Cat Island and San Salvador.
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HEALTH RISKS IN BAHAMAS
Be aware of possible health risks in
Zika Virus - Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects. There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.
Dengue - Dengue is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. About one in four people infected with dengue will get sick. For people who get sick with dengue, symptoms can be mild or severe.