Last updated July 22, 2021

Composed of 700 islands and more than 2,000 rocks and cays off the coast of Florida, the Bahamas are packed with beautiful beaches and opportunities for adventure. The Bahamas has something for travelers of every kind.

Is travel insurance mandatory in the Bahamas?

Yes, travel insurance is required as part of the Bahamas visa. Visitors must apply for a Bahamas Health Visa 72 hours before departing. Application includes a negative PCR test and an opt-in to national health insurance.

COVID-19 in Bahamas

International tourists, even if they are fully vaccinated, should exercise caution when traveling to the Bahamas. Every traveler is currently required to obtain a health visa health visa before entering the country. You must also produce a negative COVID test result within five days of entry.

COVID safety protocols, such as wearing masks in public, frequent hand washing, avoiding crowds and keeping six feet apart, remain in place.

For the most up-to-date information on COVID restrictions for the Bahamas, please follow the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism.

Health & safety tips

Compared to other islands in the Caribbean, tropical diseases are not a major threat. In fact, with the exception of the COVID risk, the Bahamas are relatively safe from a health perspective. Use insect repellent, and consider purchasing a bed net if your sleeping area is exposed to the outdoors. The tap water in the Bahamas is generally safe to drink.If you have digestive problems, however, be sure to drink only bottled water.

Be wary in busy areas like Nassau and Grand Bahama. Armed robberies, burglaries and assault can occur. Tourists are particularly vulnerable to muggings and purse snatchings.

Necessary vaccinations

Make sure you are up-to-date on all routine vaccines before your trip. Here are some common vaccination requirements for The Bahamas.

All travelers:

  • Chickenpox (Varicella)
  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis
  • Flu (influenza)
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)
  • Polio

Many travelers:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Yellow Fever
  • Typhoid

Some travelers:

  • Rabies
  • Hepatitis B

Once the Covid-19 vaccines are more widely distributed, vaccination may be required prior to departing your country of origin.

Visas and documentation

U.S. citizens are generally required to present a valid U.S. passport as well as proof of anticipated departure from the Bahamas. U.S. travelers coming for tourism will not need a visa if their stay is under 90 days. All other travelers need a visa and/or work permit.