Holidays: New winter sun destination to open to Britons from November 1

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The Bahamas are opening back up to international visitors next month. Currently, Britons heading to the Caribbean archipelago need to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. However, from November 1, this is set to change.

Tourists will no longer need to go into quarantine on arrival.

However, the latest travel advice states that a requirement to test negative for coronavirus still stands.

Holidaymakers will need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken no more than seven days before travelling.

They will also need to apply for a Bahamas Health Travel Visa.

This will cover the cost of two antigen tests.

A rapid antigen test will need to be taken upon arrival in the Bahamas.

A second must be done four days later – and both must be negative.

However, if tourists are in the Bahamas for no longer than five days then the second test won’t be necessary.

Children aged 10 and under are exempt from any coronavirus testing.

Minister of Tourism Dionisio D’Aguilar told Travel & Leisure: “We are making changes to our travel and testing protocols in order to give our visitors a better and more seamless vacation experience.

“We want everyone to enjoy the Bahamas thoroughly and with peace of mind.

“These new steps will allow us to closely monitor and respond to any potential spread of the virus, while our visitors can continue to have the authentic Bahamian experience they know and love.

“With 16 islands to choose from, many that offer natural seclusion, we have something for everyone and look forward to welcoming travellers back to our shores.”

If you’re so desperate to jet off to the Bahamas you cannot wait until November, you can still head to the archipelago.

However, you will have to “Vacation in Place” for 14 days (or the duration of your holiday) which means staying at your hotel but you’ll be free to use all the resort’s facilities.

Tourists who opt to do this will still need to test negatively for COVID prior to arrival.

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) currently advise against all but essential travel to the Bahamas.

“This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks,” said the FCDO.

Anyone returning to the UK from the Bahamas has to self-isolate for 14 days on their return.

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