The Islands of The Bahamas are ready to welcome visitors to its shores on October 15, 2020. Until October 31, all incoming visitors must “Vacation in Place” for 14 days or for the duration of their stay, whichever is shorter. This means limiting your vacation experience to the grounds and amenities of your hotel or accommodation of choice. As of November 1, the mandatory “Vacation in Place” requirement will be lifted for all visitors, returning citizens and residents. As such, you will be able to move about and explore the destination beyond the confines of your hotel. The new protocols, however, require visitors and returning citizens and residents to obtain a COVID-19 RT-PCR (swab) test no more than seven days prior to your arrival in The Bahamas. The name and address of the lab, where the test was performed, must be clearly displayed on the test result. Once in possession of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test, all travellers are required to apply for a Bahamas Health Travel Visa at travel.gov.bs (click International Tab) where the required test must be uploaded. The cost of the visa depends on your length of stay. In addition, to ensure that travellers remain COVID-free, a rapid antigen test will be conducted upon arrival and then again four days (96 hours) after arrival in The Bahamas. Children, 10 years and under, are exempt from taking a rapid antigen test. The cost of these rapid tests on or after your arrival in The Bahamas are included in the cost of the visa.