June 16, 2022
Effective June 19, the Bahamas Travel Health Visa (BTHV) will no longer be required to travel to that country. According to the June 15 announcement from the Bahamian government, however, all COVID-19 testing and vaccination protocols will remain in effect.
“We welcome this decision by the Bahamas cabinet,” said AOPA President Mark Baker. “Much progress has been made over the past two years with understanding the virus and this step makes perfect sense. This will certainly be welcomed by GA pilots who want to or often visit the beautiful islands of the Bahamas.”
This positive development for aviators flying to the Bahamas comes after the country’s indefinite postponement of its new Click2Clear customs entry and departure program for private pilots and passengers. That decision came on the heels of a letter that Baker sent to Bahamas officials requesting a delay in the rollout of the program.
Pilots are reminded that the best way to experience the Bahamas by air is with the AOPA Pilot Guide: Bahamas Edition, which has been the go-to resource for private pilots flying to the Bahamas for many years. The guide includes information for 57 airports in the country, and features maps with airport data and the layout of each island, customs and immigration information, and much more.