NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Bahamas government says it is looking at the possibility of allowing commercial travel into the Caribbean archipelago by or before next month.
“As of now, we are looking at a possible opening date for commercial travel on or before July 1st,” Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said mid-May.
However, the government insisted opening date would depend on the current state of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak here.
The Bahamas, up to press time, had recorded more than 100 infection sand a about dozen deaths from the virus, that was first detected in China last December and linked to the deaths of more than 300,000 people and the infection of five million others globally.
According to Minnis, the opening date may change depending on the circumstances.
“I want to repeat however that this date is not final,” he said. “It will be adjusted if we see a deterioration in the COVID-19 infection trends or if we determine that the protocols and procedures are not in place sufficiently to warrant an opening. Our opening will depend on your co-operation.”
Minnis said the government is starting a gradual re-opening of inter-island travel and that the Ministry of Health has developed a policy and protocol for the approval and monitoring of individuals traveling to islands that have resumed normal commercial activity.
He added that individuals may apply and, once cleared for travel, each traveler must present the COVID-19 Travel 22 Authorization Card to the relevant ticket agent.