June 17th, 2022
Updated on the June 17th, 2022ferry schedule & prices >>
New requirements effective on June 19th, 2022.
June 17th, 2022: ALL passengers will NO LONGER need a Bahamas Health Visa starting on June 19th, 2022
Every passenger that is fully vaccinated WILL NO LONGER NEED A TEST.
All unvaccinated travelers ages 2 and older will be required to obtain either a negative RT-PCR test or a Rapid Antigen test— taken no more than three days (72 hours) prior to travel and present the negative test results at check-in before travel to The Bahamas.
Passengers will be required to bring Covid test result, proof of vaccinations (original card) on travel day. This is a mandatory request by The Bahamas government. The embarkation may be denied due to failure of facilitating the proper travel documents.
Children under the age of 2 are exempt from testing requirements.
* Currently, no Covid test or vaccination is required to enter Florida when traveling by ferry.
May 31, 2022: LATEST UPDATE from the Bahamian authorities regarding passengers traveling to the Bahamas from Fort Lauderdale (both Bimini and Grand Bahama) on the day trip. Although those passengers who come to the Bahamas for one day trip do not need to present the Health Visa upon arrival at the port of the Bahamas, it is mandatory that they present a negative result of a rapid antigen test upon arrival.
All other passengers who spend at least one night in the Bahamas must present the Health Visa upon arrival in the country.
As of now, May 2022, the health visa that was requested by the Bahamian authorities from Balearia Caribbean passengers on a one day trip to the Bahamas (both Bimini and Grand Bahama) will no longer be mandatory however they are requiring a Negative RAPID Test.
With this new initiative of the permanent secretary of the Bahamas government, it is intended to increase the number of visitors and travelers of the one day trip, in both directions, both for those who want to travel to the Bahamas (Bimini and Grand Bahama), and for those Bahamians who want to travel to the United States.
As of this communication received from Balearia Caribbean on May 23th, the shipping company will apply this new regulation from now on to all passengers traveling on routes between Fort Lauderdale - Bimini and Fort Lauderdale - Grand Bahama, in both directions.
NOTICE that Balearia Caribbean continues to apply all Health Visa requirements to those passengers who spend at least one night in the Bahamas or Florida.
Covid travel requirements to enter Bimini and Grand Bahama, and the rest of Bahamas islands, depending on your vaccination status. Travel requirements update. Travel requirements to enter the Bahamas.
These conditions and obligations may change depending on the health situation in the Bahamas or the United States. Please visit the websites of the Ministry of Health of the USA, Bahamas or Balearia Caribbean where you will find all the updated information.
Requirements to travel to Bimini and Grand Bahama for VACCINATED passengers:
- All passengers of the ferry who are FULLY VACCINATED must present a negative rapid antigen test or negative PCR test no more than 72 hours prior to boarding date.
- All travelers who want to enter the Bahamas, including children and infants regardless of their age at the time of travel, must fill out a Bahamas HEALTH TRAVEL VISA on the website travel.gov.bs. Citizens or residents of the Bahamas are exempt from presenting this travel visa.
- Passengers who want to travel to Bimini or Grand Bahama islands must present at the time of boarding: the negative result of the Covid test, proof of vaccination (original card) and the health visa for travel approved on the day of travel. As it is a mandatory request from the government of the Bahamas, boarding the ferry in Fort Lauderdale may be denied for not providing the requested travel documents.
Requirements to travel to Bimini and Grand Bahama for UNVACCINATED passengers:
- All unvaccinated passengers who want to visit Bimini or Grand Bahama (Bahamas) will be required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before the date of boarding the ferry.
- All travelers who want to enter the Bahamas, including children and infants regardless of their age at the time of travel, must fill out a Bahamas HEALTH TRAVEL VISA on the website travel.gov.bs. Citizens or residents of the Bahamas are exempt from presenting this travel visa
- Passengers who want to travel to Bimini or Grand Bahama islands must present at the time of boarding: the negative result of the Covid PCR test and the health visa for travel approved on the day of travel. As it is a mandatory request from the government of the Bahamas, boarding the ferry in Fort Lauderdale may be denied for not providing the requested travel documents.
Travel with CHILDREN and BABIES to Grand Bahama and Bimini by ferry
- To travel with children between 2 and 11 years old, a negative rapid antigen test or a negative PCR test must be obtained no more than 72 hours before the date of embarkation on the ferry.
- Testing requirements to enter the Bahamas are waived for children under 2 years of age.
- Children and babies (no matter how old they are at the time of travel) must present their own health visa. Children and infants who are citizens or residents of the Bahamas are exempt from this rule.
CURRENTLY, no Covid test or vaccination is required to enter Florida when traveling by ferry.
Measures adopted by Balearia Caribbean for the prevention of Covid in the Embarkation and Disembarkation Terminals, in all its ships and among its crew.
All passengers, (vaccinated, unvaccinated, children and infants) are required to wear a mask/face covering at all times while at the ferry terminals and while sailing their ship.
For the safety and hygiene of ferry passengers, Balearia Caribbean has placed additional disinfectant dispensers in its terminals and in its lounges on board the ship. Baelaria Caribbean has also placed methacrylate partitions and information signs in all areas of the ship, common and private, to ensure that the safety distance between all passengers and crew members is maintained.
For full details of these travel requirements, please visit Bahamas.com/travelupdates or ask Balearia Caribbean.