Normally, the Bahamas attracts tens of thousands of British visitors each year.
The land of magnificent beaches, submarine chasms and swimming pigs would not be forgotten by anyone.
But under the UK government’s current traffic light system, the Bahamas is currently on the Amber List.
Read more: Countries that could be added to the UK travel green list this week
The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advises against all but essential travel throughout the Bahamas based on the current COVID-19 risk assessment.
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Of course, this does not bode well for a country heavily dependent on tourism.
Those required to travel to the Bahamas must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate upon entry as well as an application for a health visa.
Travelers are also required to purchase health insurance that covers them for the duration of their stay.
Could the Bahamas get on the green list?
The latest information on the risk of COVID-19 for the Bahamas on the TravelHealthPro website states: “Based on the information currently available, there is a high risk of exposure to COVID-19 in this country.
“The added burden of COVID-19 cases can have a substantial impact on health care capacity. “
The Bahamas are currently on the Amber List – and are unlikely to go green.
Amber List countries that could go green are Saudi Arabia, the Czech Republic, Bhutan, Hungary and Poland, according to analysis by Paul Charles of travel consultancy The PC Agency.
What COVID measures are in place in the Bahamas?
- Face masks should be worn in any public space and should be worn when entering supermarkets, pharmacies and businesses
- Face masks or blankets should cover your nose and mouth; the face mask must also be visible and easily identifiable
- A government-issued ID must be carried on the person to be presented at police checkpoints, which have been established on several islands
- Social gatherings are subject to restrictions which vary by island
- Social distancing is set 6 feet apart. You may be required to stand or sit in a designated area depending on the social distancing measures in place in a particular location
- Hand washing and / or disinfection is compulsory upon entering public buildings and private establishments. A security guard may ask you to wash your hands or spray your hands with disinfectant
- Health workers can order detention of people for testing and assessment and can order isolation or quarantine on reasonable grounds to prevent the spread of the disease. Visitors can bear the costs of quarantine and testing at government-designated quarantine facilities