As part of the country’s reopening plan, there are certain limitations on transportation to the islands of the Bahamas. As the measures continue to be in effect and evolve, many people are wondering, “Can I still travel to the Bahamas?” Here are five things you need to know about flying to the Bahamas under the new guidelines.
Can I Still Travel to the Bahamas?
1. Bahamas Travel Ban: Can I Fly Commercial?
Initially, the travel ban barred all international commercial flights to the Bahamas, including those from the United States, with exemptions made for visitors from the United Kingdom, European Union and Canada, provided that they’ve tested negative for COVID-19. However, the country recently updated its advisory, this time with “no restrictions on commercial international travel from any jurisdiction, nor are there restrictions on private planes or boats.”
2. Can I Fly Privately?
Yes. Visitors can book a private jet charter to the Caribbean destination, as long as they meet certain guidelines.
Specifically, all guests must test negative from a PCR COVID-19 test that’s taken five days prior to departure. However, the testing requirement does not apply to passengers 10 years of age or younger.
Passengers must then complete the online Bahamian Travel Health Visa form. Upon arrival, each guest must have their negative COVID-19 test results and a copy of their visa in-hand, along with their passport. Another recent change to the guidelines includes a COVID-19 Rapid Antigen test on day five of a guest’s stay in the Bahamas. There’s also a cost to the Travel Health Visa, which covers health insurance for a passenger during their stay.
Additionally, Magellan Jets requires guests to complete a health declaration form. If you need help organizing your next trip to the island escape, Magellan Jets’ Private Aviation Consultants are happy to guide you through the booking process and all the testing requirements.
3. POPULAR Bahamas PRIVATE JET ROUTES
Since private jet flights are permitted, there are several popular routes you can take to the Bahamas. Here are a few of the top places Magellan Jets clients fly to the destination from, as well as information on recommended aircraft, flight time estimates and more.
Miami to Nassau
Popular FBOs and Private Terminals: Leaving Miami, many travelers fly out of Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport (OPF) in Miami, before arriving at Nassau’s Lynden Pindling International Airport (MYNN) in the Bahamas.
Recommended Aircraft: For Miami to Nassau, a Hawker 400XP light jet is recommended.
Flight Time Estimate: The estimated flight time is approximately 1 hour.
New York City to Nassau
Popular FBOs and Private Terminals: For travel from New York City, most choose to fly out of Teterboro Airport (TEB) in Teterboro, N.J., before arriving at Nassau’s Lynden Pindling International Airport (MYNN) in the Bahamas.
Recommended Aircraft: For New York City to Nassau, a Citation Excel mid-size jet is recommended.
Flight Time Estimate: The estimated flight time is approximately 2.5 hours.
Los Angeles to Nassau
Popular FBOs and Private Terminals: Leaving Los Angeles, many travelers fly out of Van Nuys Airport (VNY) before arriving at Nassau’s Lynden Pindling International Airport (MYNN) in the Bahamas.
Flight Time Estimate: The estimated flight time is approximately 5 hours.
4. Can I Still Charter Yachts In The Bahamas?
The Bahamas travel guidelines permit the chartering of private yachts from anywhere in the world. In particular, you can set sail on your next yacht adventure thanks to Magellan Jets’ exciting partnership with IYC. Have the safest and most purely private experience by boarding your yacht directly after landing, in order to further protect yourself from exposure.
5. Luxurious Yacht Amenities And Safe Activities At Sea
Although the island getaway is mostly free to explore (provided you wear a mask in public and abide by local protocols), the safest way to experience hot spots like Grand Bahama, Paradise Island, Cat Island and the rest of this Caribbean paradise is by sea. As IYC notes, there are several ways to have a safe and luxurious time aboard a yacht. Specifically, yacht charter travelers can expect a plethora of water toys and activities available. These can include jet skis, inflatable slides and even glass bottomed kayaks, offering a peak at life under the sea.
Additionally, guests receive world class service from dedicated, hand-picked staff who will pamper you, as well as the ability to choose yachts equipped with gyms, saunas, outdoor movie theaters and other amenities. Of course, this level of service excellence extends to the cuisine. Each IYC yacht crew always includes a personal chef, who can craft bespoke menus featuring fresh, local ingredients to fit any dietary wants or needs.
Since there’s so much to do at sea, you may never want to leave! Begin your Bahamas adventure by clicking below to get a quote today.