NASSAU, BAHAMAS —The federal government will get rid of the journey well being visa requirement for entry into the nation this Sunday, along with pre-travel testing for these absolutely vaccinated it was introduced yesterday.
Deputy Prime Minister Cooper, the Minister of Tourism, Aviation, and Funding made the announcement on the elimination of the well being visa yesterday throughout his contribution to the 2022/2023 funds, noting that the federal government was eliminating one of many “ache factors” forward of the height summer time journey interval.
“I’m happy to announce that the Cupboard of The Bahamas has authorised the elimination of The Bahamas Journey Well being Visa. That is going to take impact at 12.01 on Sunday, simply in time for Fathers Day,” stated Cooper.
East Grand Bahama MP Kwasi Thompson later questioned whether or not the nation’s testing necessities would stay in place.
Cooper on the time famous that each one passengers will nonetheless have to supply a adverse COVID-19 take a look at, noting that Bahamians don’t require a journey well being visa.
“That’s going to proceed, he stated.
“My intervention was merely to say that we’re eliminating one of many ache factors, one of many friction factors forward of the height summer time months to make sure, that we’re in a position to get the numbers that we want for our tourism product and our financial system.
“We’re happy and comfy that it’s the proper factor to do on the proper time. We’re not eliminating testing. Everybody touring to The Bahamas will proceed to must exhibit that they’re COVID adverse,” stated Cooper.
Later, nonetheless, the Ministry of Tourism issued a press release saying that along with eliminating the well being visa requirement, vaccinated vacationers will not be required to undergo pre-travel COVID-19 testing.
In that assertion, Cooper stated, “The Bahamas is adapting to the continued evolution of this pandemic. We wish to streamline the entry course of for vacationers as a lot as attainable, all whereas guaranteeing we’re defending public well being. We hope the adjustments to the pre-travel testing necessities mixed with the elimination of the Journey Well being Visa will scale back the friction for vacationers and additional restoration of our tourism sector.”
The USA has ended its requirement for vacationers coming into the US to current a COVID-19 speedy antigen take a look at. Tourism stakeholders have referred to as for the Bahamian authorities to finish its required testing coverage for vacationers coming into The Bahamas.
Bahamas Resort and Tourism Affiliation (BHTA) president Robert Sands stated in a latest assertion that as nations proceed to drop their testing necessities, The Bahamas can’t be the “final man standing”.