The Bahamas Bans Americans from Visiting Amid Ongoing Pandemic

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Visitors from Canada, the United Kingdom and the European Union will still be allowed in.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis announced in a national address that due to the continued increase of COVID-19 cases in the United States, the Bahamas will officially close its borders to American tourists. The measure will go into effect Wednesday, July 22 at midnight. The announcement also follows a rise in cases in The Bahamas.

Prime Minister Minnis said that the situation has already “deteriorated” since reopening, so in order to prevent hospitals from overflowing, the health of the country’s residents must come first. The Bahamas will also cease all outgoing Bahamasair airline flights to the U.S., effective immediately.

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Visitors from permitted countries will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result from an accredited lab to enter the country without being subject to a mandated 14-day quarantine. Residents and Bahamians who do not test negative upon returning will need to self-quarantine for 14 days and monitor their health via the Hubbcat Monitoring App.

Prior to this announcement, Atlantis Paradise Island, popular Bahamas resort, revealed it would be extending its closure amid the growing number of confirmed COVID-19 cases.

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