Ban of Americans is major blow for cruise and travel industry
By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva
After announcing it was opening its borders three weeks ago, Bahama Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis changed his mind. At least as far as Americans. It seems that because of our out of control coronavirus situation not too many countries want us there.
The bahamas.com website now says that International commercial flights and commercial vessels with passengers are not allowed to enter the islands.
But there are exceptions. Flights from Canada, the United Kingdom and European Union are free to visit the tropical destination.
This no fly/sail rule for United States citizens will have major impact on cruise industry. Millions of cruise passengers sail to or from Nassau–the Caribbean’s largest cruise port– yearly.
The new rule also effects cruise passengers flying to Nassau from the US to catch their ship. They can’t. All seaports are also shut down to American travelers. This adds another blow to the already beleaguered cruise industry.
Bahamasair is ceasing all outgoing service to the US. Domestic travel is allowed but passengers must have a health certificate. Actually all visitors need to show proof of negative Covid19 tests from an accredited lab taken 10 days prior to arriving.
Beaches and parks also shut down
Those beautiful white sand Bahamian beaches are also closed down on New Providence, Rose Island, Arthur Island and surrounding keys. Restaurants are closing as of today. There are also curfews in effect.
Also there will be no funerals, religious service or spectator sports on Grand Bahamas. The Prime Minister is serious. He says he will order a complete lock down if necessary.
As of today the Bahamas has 153 Covid19 cases and 11 deaths.
Watch the video to hear the address by Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis.
And be sure to contact a friend Pavlus travel advisor with any questions and to arrange future tours, cruises and travel.