The Bahamas is a popular tourist destination for those seeking golden beaches and photogenic vistas – but what health requirements do you need to meet in order to visit here?
If you’re wondering “Do I need a Health Visa for The Bahamas?”, then the answer is “Yes”. Due to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), a health permit is now required by international visitors to enter the country.
The Bahamas Health Visa (BHV) certifies that to the best of your knowledge you are in good health and fit to travel. There are 2 versions of the Health Card available, permitting visits of either 4 days or 30 days. Both versions allow only a Single Visit to the country, so if you wish to enter and exit repeatedly, you’ll need more than one BHV.
You may be pleased to learn that Byevisa can provide this permit for you. All you need to do is fill out our online form in a matter of minutes and you’ll soon be on your way to start your adventure.
Read on for more information about the BHV and what you’ll need to do to apply!
All About the Health Visa for The Bahamas
The BHV is also known as The ‘Bahamas Health Card’ and was introduced in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. All travellers are required to obtain a BHV, although family members under 18 can be included on a parent’s Card.
To apply for the document:
- If you’re vaccinated against the coronavirus or aged 2 to 11, you must show proof of a negative PCR or antigen test, taken up to 5 days before you travel.
- If you’re unvaccinated against COVID-19 and aged 12 or over, you must provide evidence of a negative PCR test, taken up to 5 days before you travel.
- Children aged under 2 are exempt from taking a COVID-19 test to travel.
In addition, travellers must have health insurance that covers the coronavirus to enter The Bahamas, although fortunately, this is included in the cost of the Card.
It’s important to note that the BHV is not the same as a standard Bahamas visa. If you’re required to obtain authorisation for travel here, you will still need to apply for that at a Bahamian embassy or consulate, in addition to getting the Health Visa online.
Bahamas Health Visa Application Process
You can complete your application online with Byevisa, as we can process the BHV through our electronic service.
The application process is as follows:
- Click on the ‘Apply for Health Visa’ button below.
- Complete your online application using Byevisa’s online service.
- Pay for your order using a valid credit or debit card or an active PayPal account.
- Receive your approved document in your email inbox.
- Keep a copy of your BHV on your smartphone, or print a copy, to show to The Bahamas’ customs agents when you arrive.
It’s as easy as that! At this point, you can enjoy all the charms of this country for either 4 or 30 days. It’s not necessary to quarantine upon arrival.
Bahamas Health Visa Form and Requirements
If you’re ready to apply for your BHV, then you must meet the requirements by filling out our online application. As part of this, you will be asked to provide some personal details and information about your trip, such as the following:
- Your name.
- Your nationality.
- Your passport details.
- Your intended entry and exit dates from the country.
- Any health conditions, if applicable.
- The details of your emergency contact.
In addition, the application will ask you to provide the following items:
- A working email address, where we’ll send your BHV.
- A digital scanned copy of your passport information page.
- A negative test result for coronavirus, taken up to 5 days before your trip.
How Much Is The Bahamas Health Visa?
The cost of the Health Card depends both on whether you’re staying for up to 4 days or 30 days, and how fast you want Byevisa to process your application. The options are as follows:
- 4-day BHV: 40 USD
- 30-day BHV: 60 USD
- Standard processing time (24 hours): 20 USD
- Rapid processing time (4 hours): 35 USD
- Highly Rapid processing time (1 hour) 60 USD
So the final cost is the sum of which Card and processing time you select.
About Travelling to The Bahamas
Most tourists travel to The Bahamas to enjoy the entertainment, relaxation and comfort of being in a big all-inclusive resort. Indeed, there are plenty of resorts to choose from if that’s what draws you to the country. But it’s also a prime spot for nature lovers who want to explore the beautiful reefs and wildlife preserves of this pristine area.
The country consists of more than 700 islands, but most tourists head to Nassau. It’s here where you’ll find a large concentration of upscale resorts. Another popular location is Grand Bahama. This area is the centre of eco-tourism and adventure, with activities such as kayaking, diving and sailing all very common here.
The island country is easily accessible by air or sea. Commercial flights and cruises operate from many international airports, or you can catch a connecting flight from a US city such as Miami.
The Bahamas Health Visa FAQs
Please find below helpful answers to some common FAQs. We hope these answers resolve any remaining questions you may have.
Can Anyone Travel Here?
Yes, travellers from most countries are allowed to visit The Bahamas. However, all visitors are required to obtain a health permit before they can enter the country. This permit is in addition to whatever visa you may need to obtain prior to travel.
What Is the Bahamas Health Visa Processing Time?
Byevisa offers 3 processing speeds for the Card, from 24 hours (Standard processing), to 4 hours (Rapid processing), to just 1 hour (Highly Rapid processing). So choose the option that suits you best!
What Else Do I Need to Know Before Travelling Here?
The Bahamian dollar (BSD) is the national currency used here since 1966, when it replaced the British pound (GBP). Banknotes are available in denominations of 1, 3, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 dollars, while coins are available in denominations ranging from 1 cent to 1 dollar.