COVID-19 Update – Updated May 21, 2021

TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AND POLICIES CHANGE QUICKLY – MONITOR THEM CLOSELY AND BE PREPARED FOR THEM TO CHANGE.

All Star Liveaboards is closely monitoring developments with COVID-19 and how it will impact dive liveaboard travel. If you have a trip booked with us in the next 8 weeks and your travel plans have been affected due to quarantine or travel ban we recommend contacting us at info@allstarliveaboards.com or calling our office at 954-734-7111.

For travel information regarding entry to the US, scroll to the bottom. Information about testing to return to the US from the Bahamas is included in the Bahamas section.

Bahamas

Keep in mind that these regulations change quickly and frequently. Check back frequently and expect changes.

Entering the Bahamas

There are 3 options/statuses for traveling to the Bahamas. Anyone can travel to the Bahamas, but you may or may not need a test to enter.

Returning to the US involves a test (which is administered at the dock), and the process is the same for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers. If you have recently recovered from COVID, you will be exempt from the test at the end of the week.

Determine which of these applies to you and scroll down to that section:

  1. You have NOT BEEN (OR WILL NOT BE) FULLY VACCINATED.
  2. You are or will be FULLY VACCINATED and passed the two-week immunity period.
  3. You have RECENTLY RECOVERED FROM COVID.

You DO NOT need a COVID test if you have been fully vaccinated, and you DO NOT need a COVID test if you have recently tested positive and fully recovered. You DO need a COVID test if you will not be fully vaccinated by the time of your trip.

YOU WILL NEED AN APPROVED TRAVEL HEALTH VISA TO ENTER THE BAHAMAS NO MATTER WHICH OPTION/STATUS APPLIES TO YOU. Information about the Bahamas travel health visa and returning to the US after your trip can be found below.

Each traveler must present BOTH of these upon arrival in the Bahamas (whether by air or by sea):

  • Your negative covid test results, proof of vaccination, or letter of recovery (whichever applies to you)
  • Your health visa confirmation document

Below is more detailed information about entering the Bahamas for each of these possible travel options/statuses. Read the section which you fall under and let us know if you have any questions.

1. Unvaccinated Travelers Who Need a COVID Test

If you have not tested postive for COVID and recovered or you will not be fully vaccinated and past the two-week immunity period by the time of your flight to the Bahamas, this section is for you.

Each traveler must present a COVID-19 RT PCR (molecular swab) test with a negative result taken within 5 days of arrival in the Bahamas.

If you aren’t able to get the COVID test done quickly in your area, you can pre-order a mail in test from Pixel ahead of time. They will bill your insurance company and have been getting the results back within 2 to 4 days.

Once you have received your negative test results, you’ll need to apply for the Travel Health Visa Application needed to enter the Bahamas. You will not be able to apply for the travel visa until you have received your negative test results. For unvaccinated travelers, the price of the Travel Health Visa is $60.

We send out detailed instructions for filling out the Bahamas Travel Health Visa to passengers who are paid in full for their trip.

Be sure to have your negative COVID test results printed out with you when you get to the airport. It is also more convenient to have your approved travel health visa printed out, too.

Scroll down to find information about the Bahamas Travel Health Visa and the testing process for returning to the US at the end of your trip.

2. Fully Vaccinated Travelers Who Have Passed the 2-Week Immunity Period

If you are or will be fully vaccinated and past the two-week immunity period after your final vaccine shot by the time of your flight to the Bahamas, this section is for you.

It is important that you are not only vaccinated, but that you also have two weeks between your final vaccine shot and your flight to the Bahamas. If not, you will need to get a COVID-19 RT PCR (molecular sqab) test.

If you meet these requirements, entering the Bahamas is easy! You are exempt from the entry test and just need to apply for the Bahamas Travel Health Visa. You may submit your application up to a week prior to travel. For fully vaccinated travelers, the price of the health visa is $40.

We send out detailed instructions for filling out the Bahamas Travel Health Visa to passengers who are paid in full for their trip.

Be sure to have a hard copy of your proof of vaccination with you when you get to the airport. It is also more convenient to have your approved travel health visa printed out, too.

Scroll down to find information about the Bahamas Travel Health Visa and the testing process for returning to the US at the end of your trip.

3. Travelers Who Have Recently Tested Positive for COVID and Fully Recovered

If you have tested positive and recovered from COVID (within 90 days and more than 14 days prior to traveling), this section is for you. You do NOT need a negative COVID test to enter the Bahamas.

Two documents are needed to travel as a COVID-recovered patient:

  • Positive COVID test result document (dated within 90 days and more than 14 days prior to travel)
  • Doctor’s letter of recovery (cleared to travel with your full name, DOB, and the doctor’s signature on letterhead that is more than 14 days from the date of positive test and date of travel)

No more than 2 weeks prior to departure, you must email these documents to the Bahamas Ministry of Health. We send out detailed instructions to passengers who have paid in full about who to send these documents to and what form they need to be sent in.

You will receive an exemption letter from the Bahamas Ministry of Health that you will save to your computer and print out to bring with you to the Bahamas. This letter is referred to as your “Letter of Recovery.”

Once you have this letter, you can apply for the Bahamas Travel Health Visa. For recovered COVID patients, the cost of the travel visa is $60.

Again, passengers who have paid in full are sent detailed instructions for filling out the travel visa application.

Be sure to have your letter of recovery printed out with you when you get to the airport. It is also more convenient to have your approved travel health visa printed out, too.

Scroll down to find information about the Bahamas Travel Health Visa and the process for returning to the US at the end of your trip.

Bahamas Travel Health Visa

Each traveler must have an approved Bahamas Travel Health Visa to enter the country. Consider it to be insurance in the case that you test positive at the end of your trip. You will find more detailed information about the Bahamas Travel Health Visa at the bottom of this section.

For unvaccinated travelers who receive a COVID test, you cannot add the trip to your application until you have your negative test results. Once you get the test results, you can just submit them and pay $60. Once you receive the approval, then you’re able to travel to the Bahamas!

For fully vaccinated travelers, you can fill the application out up to two weeks before your arrival in the Bahamas. You will submit your proof of vaccination instead of COVID test results. Once you’ve paid $40 and received the approval, you’ll be set to travel to the Bahamas!

For travelers who have recently tested positive for COVID and recovered, you will need to wait until 5 days prior to travel to add a trip to your health visa profile. You will submit your exemption letter (“letter of recovery”) instead of negative COVID test results. Once you have paid $60 and received the approval, you’re ready to travel to the Bahamas!

Returning to the United States from the Bahamas

The US currently requires a COVID test to return for all vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers. Fortunately, it is handled very easily in the Bahamas! We have antigen testing available at the docks, which meets the requirements for re-entry to the US.

If you have recently recovered from COVID and you qualify for exemption from testing to enter the Bahamas, you will NOT need a test to return to the US. Instead, you may present your documentation of recovery in place of a negative test result.

On Cat Ppalu and Blackbeard’s, testing will be done at the dock on Thursday upon return to port. Currently, an outside lab is charging $10 per person to come to the dock. The cost of the antigen test is included in your health visa.

On Aqua Cat, the lab will come to the boat on Friday upon return to port. For Aqua Cat, the dock is a testing site so there is no extra charge for testing there.

The Bahamas is working on the paper or electronic results required so you have something to show the airlines.

For anyone extending their stay for more than 72 hours beyond Thursday evening or Friday evening (Cat Ppalu/Blackbeard and Aqua Cat respectively), private arrangements can be made to test again at one of two local labs.

British Virgin Islands

Keep in mind that these regulations change quickly and frequently. Check back frequently and expect changes.

Entering the British Virgin Islands

The Cuan Law is requiring everyone to be fully vaccinated.

You must get a COVID test within 5 days prior to arriving in the British Virgin Islands. You will also need to apply for travel authorization through the BVI Gateway app. An application must be done for EACH passenger. Each passenger will be charged $140 for the BVI Gateway app.

Each passenger is also required to have COVID insurance that would cover your quarantine expenses if you were to test positive in the BVI. We highly recommend this custom plan, which has already been working well in other Caribbean jurisdictions.

Entry to the Territory is recommended through the Terrence B Lettsome International Airport (EIS). While ferry ports have reopened, we do recommend scheduling flights into Beef Island Airport until the ferry terminal is officially fully reopened.

If you choose to fly into St. Thomas and take the ferry, there is only one ferry operating per day. Click here for details from the BVI Port Authority. Guests must arrive into Tortola on or before Saturday in order to get tested and cleared for boarding Cuan Law by Sunday.

Every passenger will be tested upon arrival in the British Virgin Islands. This will be done at the airport or ferry dock. Again, we recommend flying into the Beef Island airport (EIS) until the ferry terminal is officially reopened.

After testing negative at the airport or ferry dock, you will need to spend one night in quarantine at a hotel. Once you receive your negative test results, you will be able to travel anywhere. Then you’re set to board Cuan Law on Sunday!

Returning to the US from the BVI

Each passenger is required to receive negative COVID test results in order to return to the US. This tests is at the guest’s expense.

The requirements for this test differs based on your choice of departure method. If you choose to leave by plane, the test much be administered within 72 hours of departure. If you are leaving by ferry, it must be administered within 5 days of departure.

Cuan Law makes the decision about when and where this test will be administered based on the make up of guests for any given week. This ensures that everyone is tested in accordance with the policy for returning to the US. It will either be administered ashore on either Tortola or Virgin Gorda on Thursday or possibly earlier.

If the whole charter is leaving by plane, the test will be administered on Thursday.

If the whole charter is leaving by ferry, the test will be administered on Thursday or earlier.

If there is a mixture of people leaving by plane and by ferry, the test will be administered on Thursday. This is so the trip will only be interrupted once.

Cuba

Cuba has opened its borders at this time, but there is not currently commercial air service to Havana. An announcement from the government is expected to come toward the end of May regarding new COVID protocols and travel restrictions.

At this time we are hopeful that air travel will return by the end of June. If you are currently scheduled to join us or considering a trip feel free to contact us at avalon@allstarlivebaords.com.

  • Passengers must have a printed negative COVID-19 RT PCR test within 72 hours of arrival.
  • Passengers are subject to a PCR test on arrival and subject to medical screening
  • A completed Declaración de Sanidad del Viajero must be presented on arrival (you will find it below)
  • Passengers must pay a health tax of $30

Indonesia

Foreign visitors are not allowed to enter at this time.

Philippines

Foreign visitors are not allowed to enter at this time.

Entering the US

When do I need to get a test to travel to the US? And what kind of test do I need?

Get tested no more than 3 days before your flight to the US departs. Make sure to be tested with a viral test (NAAT or antigen test) to determine if you are currently infected with COVID-19. Also make sure that you receive your results before your flight departs and have documentation of your results to show the airline.

What is a verifiable test result?

A verifiable test result must be in the form of written documentation (paper or electronic copy) of a laboratory test result. Testing must be performed using a viral test (NAAT or antigen), and negative results must be provided to the airline prior to boarding. The test result documentation must include information that identifies the person, a specimen collection date and the type of test. A negative test result must show test was done within the 3 days before the flight. A positive test result must show the test was done within the 3 months before the flight.

What kind of documentation of my test result do I need to provide?

CDC requires that air passengers arriving in the US have a paper or electronic copy of their test result for review by the airline before you board and for potential review by public health officials after you arrive in the US.

What if I have had a COVID-19 vaccine?  Do I still need a negative COVID-19 test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19?

Yes, all air passengers traveling to the US, regardless of vaccination status, are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery.

Anyone whose trip is affected by government travel ban or border closure will be entitled to a rebook credit.  Remember that this is changing daily with travel bans being put in place and lifted on a day to day basis. Please contact us with any questions or concerns you may have.

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