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Whether you're heading to the country for relaxation, for adventure, or for the culture, The Bahamas has something for travelers of every kind.
Is travel insurance mandatory in the Bahamas?
Visitors no longer need to apply for a Bahamas Health Visa 72 hours before departing. However, if unvaccinated, you must test negative before entering the country.Â
Travel insurance is highly recommended.Â Travel medical insurance provides a number of services in case of unexpected illness or accident, such as trip delay, missed connection, lost/damaged checked luggage, trip interruption, medical evacuation and coverage for unexpected illnesses.
COVID-19 in the Bahamas
If you have to travel, here are some Covid safety precautions to take. For the most up-to-date information on Covid restrictions for traveling, please follow CDC guidelines.Buy Covid Travel Insurance
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Health & safety
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.
Make sure you are up-to-date on all routine vaccines before your trip. Here are some common vaccination recommendations for the Bahamas.
- Chickenpox (Varicella)
- Flu (influenza)
- Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Yellow fever
For the most up-to-date information on required vaccinations and other health requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website.
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.