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Bahamas Closes Borders to U.S. Travelers

Bahamas Closes Borders to U.S. Travelers
Joe Cortez

With the novel Coronavirus continuing to spread, one of the last places open to American travelers has closed borders to prevent further damage from COVID-19. The Bahamas will not allow U.S. travelers to enter the island nation starting Wednesday, July 22, 2020

One of the final places open American international travelers will close their borders on Wednesday, July 23, 2020. The Miami Herald reports the Bahamas will no longer allow American visitors into the nation through airports or seaports, while visitors from other nations will still be welcome.

Borders Closed to U.S. Travelers, Private Flights and Charters

Under the new rules, all tourists from the United States will not be allowed to enter the islands. The Bahamas flag carrier, Bahamasair, will end flights from the nation to the U.S. effective immediately. Additionally, private flights, charter ships and arrival through pleasure vessels from America will be denied entry.

However, visitors from other nations will still be allowed to enter the Bahamas, on the condition they present a negative COVID-19 RT PCR test, completed by an accredited laboratory, dated within 10 days of their arrival. Nations still open to the Bahamas include Canada, the United Kingdom, and member states of the European Union.

According to the Bahama’s health leaders, 49 of the nation’s 153 confirmed cases of COVID-19 came since the island nation re-opened their borders on July 1, 2020. With the increasing amount of cases in Florida and the rest of the United States, authorities of the northern Caribbean nation say they do not want to expose their people to unnecessary risk.

“Our current situation demands decisive action, if we are to avoid being overrun and defeated by this virus,” Hubert Minnis, prime minister of the Bahamas, said in a statement as quoted by the Miami Herald. “We cannot allow our hospitals to be overrun. Many priorities must be balanced, be they health, social and economic.”

More Nations Close Borders to U.S. Travelers as COVID-19 Cases Increase

The move from the Bahamas is the latest blow to the U.S. tourism industry, after the European Council recommended barring American travelers for the foreseeable future. Under the first revision of the ban list, the United States remained in “do not admit” status, along with Brazil and Russia.

According to the most recent report from the Johns Hopkins University & Medicine, the United States has the most confirmed COVID-19 cases in the world, with 3.77 million. The U.S. also has the most deaths, accounting for over one-sixth of total global deaths.

Feature photo courtesy: BriYYZ/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

View Comments (4)


  1. jfish1000

    July 21, 2020 at 6:18 am

    Truly sad and pathetic the US is the worst manager of the COVID crisis in the world.

  2. AJCNL

    July 21, 2020 at 7:33 am

    Wise decision, many others will follow. It is crazy what is happening in the US, at some stage someone there has to step in and take action or they will end up being isolated from every other country.

  3. Bluesman62

    July 21, 2020 at 10:28 am

    So. Much. Winning.

  4. Snuggs

    July 21, 2020 at 12:46 pm

    So now we have heard from the Ministers of propaganda…

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