Effective January 26, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be requiring all passengers arriving in the United States from a foreign country, flying by general aviation, to get tested no more than 3 days before their flight departs, and to provide proof of the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19. More details and requirements can be found in the article here.
Bahamas COVID-19 Procedures
• All visitors (except children under the age of 10) must obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR Test result within 5 days of travel. Test must show the name and address of the accredited lab where the test was performed.
• All travelers are required to complete an electronic Health Visa at https://travel.gov.bs/international within 72 hours prior to travel and upload the COVID-19 test results. The visa has a cost, which will depend on the length of the stay.
For additional travel requirements please see the web pages below:
If you are ready to trade the winter weather for some warm sunshine, why not fly yourself to the Bahamas? It is easy to do, though it requires some additional pre-trip planning for the aircraft, pilot, and passengers. This two-minute video gives an overview of the process, as well a brief description of many of the items.
Rick Gardner, AOPA's representative for the Bahamas, and Director of Aviation Services for Caribbean Sky Tours, joins us to discuss the benefit of having your airplane with you during your visit to the Bahamas.
The pilot in command must have a current:
All U.S. registered aircraft must have:
12-inch registration marks
Altitude-reporting transponder or altitude-encoding transponder.
Aircraft with fuel tanks installed in the baggage or passenger compartments must have Form 337 on board.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) requires: