The Bahamas Closing Airports, Borders To U.S. Visitors As COVID-19 Cases Spike

Just weeks after reopening its borders to international visitors, the Bahamas announced on Sunday that it was closing all of its airports and seaports to tourists from the United States, effective Wednesday. 

Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said in a national address Sunday that Bahamasair, the country’s national carrier, will cease all outgoing flights to the United States immediately, Outgoing commercial flights will still be permitted to accommodate visitors scheduled to leave the Bahamas after Wednesday, he said. Visitors from Canada, the United Kingdom and the European Union will still be permitted to visit as long as they can show proof of a negative COVID-19 RT PCR test from an accredited laboratory taken within 10 days of their arrival. Also allowed under the new order: private international flights and charters and pleasure crafts.

On Sunday, the Bahamas Ministry of Health registered 15 new cases of COVID-19, for a total tally of 153 cases, Minnis said. 

The Bahamas to ban most international flights as coronavirus cases surge


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