The large information is the Bahamas is closing its border to business airline flights from most nations, together with the U.S., at midnight at this time. Nevertheless, that doesn’t imply you may’t fly to the Bahamas from its greatest marketplace for guests.
In making the announcement, Prime Minister Hubert Minnis stated there may be an exception for personal jet arrivals. Nevertheless, the exemption comes with a number of necessities.
Right here’s what you want:
- A legitimate COVID-19 check with a unfavourable end result from an accredited lab. The Bahamas at present doesn’t settle for Fast Antigen or Antibody (IgG/IgM).
- The check should have been taken inside 10 days of your arrival date.
- You’ll want to use for a Journey Well being Visa. The appliance may be discovered here.
Once you apply for the visa, you’ll must add your check. Exemptions for American vacationers embody kids underneath 10 years previous and your flight crew, if they are going to be within the nation for lower than 24 hours.
As soon as you’re there, you’ll must adjust to guidelines about masks carrying. The penalty for disobeying them features a positive of $250 or as much as a month in jail, or each!
Guidelines on carrying masks embody if you find yourself on the airport, checking into or out of your resort, till you’re seated in a restaurant, and different locations comparable to taxi traces. You don’t need to put on a face masks on the seashore, however you do must once you arrive and depart. Whereas exercising that you must have a masks seen, however you solely must put on it earlier than and after.
Making a bubble for personal jet arrivals is smart. Average spend per personal jet arrival is over $80,000, excluding refueling and different airport charges and companies. Passengers arriving on the airways common spending about $1,500 per head. In different phrases, one personal jet delivers as a lot income into the native economic system as over 50 individuals arriving a business flight.
The Bahamas isn’t alone in seeking to entice personal jet arrivals. A prime official from the Tourism Authority of Thailand not too long ago stated plans name for a travel bubble that might enable personal jet vacationers to go to with out quarantine restrictions. A latest evaluation by European personal jet operator GlobeAir confirmed the danger of COVID-19 publicity is 30 times lower for personal fliers.
One personal aviation supplier might have a bounce on the Bahamas exemption. Earlier this week, Virginia-based constitution and jet card dealer Paramount Business Jets introduced a partnership permitting its clients to finish at-home COVID-19 testing.