Global travel alerts

There are new travel restrictions and requirements in place to help stop the spread of coronavirus and its variants. Check gov.uk/travel-abroad page to help plan your journey.

  • You must check the entry requirement for your chosen destination before you travel. You may be required to evidence your COVID-19 vaccination status and/or show a negative PCR test result. 
  • You will need to take a pre-departure COVID-19 test in the 3 days before your journey to England. Anyone testing positive will not be permitted to travel to England and will be required to follow local rules for isolation – you could incur additional costs during this period. 
  • Ensure you book COVID tests and complete relevant documentation (such as Passenger Locator Forms) for your destination.
  • Those who have travelled from red or amber list countries will be required to quarantine in a hotel (red) or at home (amber) for 10 days and take tests on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of their quarantine. 
  • Those who have returned from green list countries will be required to take tests on or before day 2. 
  • Tests and quarantine must be booked prior to travel. 

Fully Vaccinated Travellers* arriving to the UK from a medium-risk, amber list country. 

You'll only need to book and pay for a PCR Covid-19 test which must be completed on or before day 2 and there will also be no need to quarantine. As long as you satisfy the below requirements: 

  • Have not been in a red list country in the 10 days before you arrive in England
  • Declare on your Passenger Locator Form that you have been fully vaccinated
  • Show proof of your NHS vaccination status to our airport staff when you travel OR for fully vaccinated US or EU customers, show proof of your vaccination status before you fly. For European countries this will be the EU Digital Covid Certificate (EU DCC) and for the USA this is a physical US CDC card, along with proof of US residency such as USA passport,visa or Green Card.

* Fully vaccinated means that you have had your final dose of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before the date you arrive in England.

We recommend you check directly with your destination's embassy or immigrations office to confirm you are eligible to travel.

Failure to comply with the above measures is a criminal offence and you could be fined. Please visit www.gov.uk/uk-border-control for detailed public health advice and requirements for entering the UK.

Find out what list the country you’ve been in is on and what you need to do.

The UK Government has announced that the rules for international travel to England will change from 0400 BST on 4 October 2021.

The full details of the changes for travellers arriving to England can be found in this update on GOV.UK: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-system-for-international-travel

Until the new, simplified system comes into effect, customers should continue to adhere to the rules for entering England based on the ‘traffic light system’, which remains in place until 0359 BST on 4 October. More details on the entry requirements from countries designated ‘Green’, ‘Amber’ or ‘Red’ are on GOV.UK: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/red-amber-and-green-list-rules-for-entering-england

As part of the final regular traffic light review, Pakistan has been added to the Amber list from 0400 BST on 22 September. If your flight from Pakistan arrives in England after this time, then you will be able to follow the requirements of an Amber arrival, until the new international travel framework takes effect. We’re continually reviewing our Pakistan flying programme and, as a result, subject to authority approvals, plan to restart our Manchester to Islamabad services on 7th October and increase our London Heathrow to Lahore services from three per week to four per week from 8th October. Our London Heathrow to Islamabad service will continue to operate three times a week.

Please note, both the existing traffic light system and upcoming two-tier system apply to arrivals to England. You must continue to check the requirements you need to comply with for other origin or destination countries before you travel. The latest UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) foreign travel advice can be found here.  

 

The following countries served by Virgin Atlantic Airways are allocated: 

Green: Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada, Hong Kong and Israel

Amber: China, India, Jamaica, Nigeria, United States and St Vincent and the Grenadines. Pakistan will move to the Amber list from 0400 BST on 22 September.

Red: Cuba, South Africa and Trinidad and Tobago.

 

Additionally, the following Virgin Atlantic Holidays destinations are allocated: 

Green: Canada, Singapore

Amber: Mauritius, Thailand and United Arab Emirates (UAE). Maldives will move to the Amber list from 0400 BST on 22 September.

Red: Bali (Indonesia), Dominican Republic and Mexico.

 

We’re ready to welcome you back to some of your favourite destinations, ensuring all our customers fly safe and well. To ensure you can book with confidence we have a flexible booking policy so that if things change, we’ve got you covered. We do understand that the Covid-19 situation remains dynamic and ongoing restrictions may pose difficulties to our customers with upcoming travel plans. If you are unable to travel for any reason, we offer as much choice and flexibility as possible to help you amend your plans.

Bahamas travel alerts

Bahamas alerts and entry requirements correct as of 09:00 GMT on Monday 17th May 2021

There are currently no urgent travel alerts for the Bahamas.

Always check travel advice for the country you're travelling to, even if you're returning home.

🟠 The Bahamas is on the UK Government's amber list. Find out what this means on our UK travel advice page.

Please read all the latest Requirements to enter the Bahamas

Requirements to enter the Bahamas

You must check all requirements before heading to the airport.

There are no restrictions on who can travel to the Bahamas, as long as the latest travel requirements are adhered to. Please check Bahamas.com before travelling.

Travel Health Visa Application

You'll need to submit a Travel Health Visa Application before you travel, and all travellers are required to opt-in to a health insurance which covers the duration of your stay in the Bahamas. Confirmation of the application must be presented upon arrival in the Bahamas. It is advised to allow at least 72 hours for processing.

 

Passport

Your passport should be valid for six months from the date of departure from the Bahamas.

Make sure you have a spare page in your passport for the entry stamp.

 

Visa

You can visit the Bahamas for up to 21 days without a visa. This can be extended up to a maximum of 8 months by applying to the Department of Immigration in Nassau

If you're travelling to the Bahamas via the USA, you may need to apply for an ESTA. Time spent in the Bahamas counts towards the 90-day maximum permitted stay in the USA with an ESTA. 

Following the latest government, World Health Organisation, and industry regulatory guidance, you must wear a face mask or face covering at all times onboard the flight and throughout the airport.

You may only remove the face mask for the following reasons:

  • To avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm or injury, to yourself or others
  • To eat or drink where it is reasonably necessary to do so, or to take medication

There are some exemptions that apply to the wearing of face masks or face coverings:

  • If you can't put on, wear, or remove a face covering without severe distress, or due to any physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability (within the meaning of section 6 of the Equality Act 2010)
  • If you're travelling with, or providing assistance to, another person who relies on lip reading to communicate
  • Children 11 and under unless you are travelling to/from the US*

*Customers travelling to or from the USA aged 2 and over must wear a face mask at all times in the airport and onboard the flight. The same exemptions apply.

Pre-departure test

All passengers aged 12 years and older must have a negative result from a Covid-19 PCR test conducted by a medical professional in the 5 days before arriving in the Bahamas. Rapid tests and LAMP tests are not accepted. 

For the latest requirements, please visit Bahamas Travel Guidelines.

 

Covid-19 testing on arrival

If you display symptoms when you land in the Bahamas or during your stay, you may be required to take a Covid-19 test, even if you presented a negative result at check in/on arrival. In this case, you'll need to await results in your hotel room.

After 1st November, travellers staying in the Bahamas for more than four nights/five days, will be required to take a rapid antigen test, as well as completing daily health questionnaires. Find out more on the Ministry of Tourism's website.

 

Find out how to book your Covid-19 tests

Bahamas airport guides

 

Bahamas

Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS

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