If you’re planning to take a trip to The Bahamas this summer, you will have to postpone your trip as officials are banning American tourists.
Since reopening its borders on July 1, 2020, The Bahamas has seen a spike in the number of coronavirus cases.
The increase is why country officials announced that the airports and seaports will be closed to Americans, starting July 22.
Bahamasair, the country’s national carrier, will cease all outgoing flights to the United States immediately, Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said in a national address.
“Regrettably, the situation here at home has already deteriorated since we began the reopening of our domestic economy,” said Minnis. “It has deteriorated at an exponential rate since we reopened our international borders.”
Minnis added that swift action needed to be taken in order to save the country from a complete lockdown.
“Our current situation demands decisive action if we are to avoid being overrun and defeated by this virus. We are taking these strong actions to save lives.”
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, as reported in the Miami Herald.
Also allowed under the new order: private international flights and charters and pleasure crafts.