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Testing requirement for unvaxed travelers eliminated

The Ministry of Health and Wellness yesterday announced the elimination of COVID-19 testing requirements for unvaccinated people traveling to The Bahamas.

The elimination took effect on Tuesday, September 20.

“Vaccinated and unvaccinated citizens and visitors can enter The Bahamas without testing regardless of vaccination status,” the ministry said.

“All other platforms that capture and report on COVID-19 testing and related data in-country will remain in place and the results will continue to be reported to the Surveillance Unit at the Ministry of Health and Wellness.”

Previously, vaccinated travelers were not required to present a negative test to enter The Bahamas, but unvaccinated travelers had to present a negative test no older than 72 hours.

The testing requirement is among the last remaining COVID-related restrictions still in effect in The Bahamas.

The government also eliminated the mask mandate, only keeping it in place for elder care centers, health facilities and schools.

Reported COVID cases in The Bahamas continue to drop, as do COVID hospitalizations.

The Bahamas has confirmed more than 37,200 COVID-19 cases and over 800 deaths since March 2020.

Fewer than 2,000 new cases were recorded since June 21.

This represents a significant decrease when compared to the more than 8,000 cases recorded between late December 2021 and January 2022.

US President Jospeh R. Biden Jr. recently declared that the COVID-19 pandemic is over.

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