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Relaxed measures for fully vaccinated individuals

Published:Friday | April 23, 2021 | 12:18 AM


Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis says that persons who are fully vaccinated will be able to travel to The Bahamas as of May 1 and be exempted from testing requirements.

Minnis, who made the announcement on Wednesday, said that fully vaccinated travellers within the country also would be exempt from test requirements when travelling to and from the islands New Providence, Grand Bahama, Abaco, Exuma, and Eleuthera.

According to Minnis, proof of full vaccination will be required in both instances.


He added that fully vaccinated people in The Bahamas will be immediately exempted from the travel requirements while travellers to the country will be exempted no sooner than two weeks after they receive their final vaccine dose.

“Once individuals within our shores … once they have received the second dose of the vaccine or they have met the vaccination requirement, they do not need any further testing to move about through our Bahama-land,” Minnis said while speaking in Parliament.

“Therefore, I encourage individuals, receive the vaccines as soon as possible. I’m aware of CDC regulations. CDC states that there must be a two-week delay post the second vaccination shot. However, within The Bahamas, we recognise the antibody level and immunity (level), therefore that two-week requirement is not necessary. Once you receive the second dose, you could move. However, you must still adhere to mitigation protocols in terms of social distancing, mask wearing, sanitisation, etc.