COVID-19 Update – Updated October 4, 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.

Children between the ages of 2 and 11 are required to have negative results from a Rapid Antigen Test (or PCR) taken within 5 days prior to arrival.

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.
  3. You have RECENTLY RECOVERED FROM COVID.

You are considered FULLY VACCINATED 2 weeks after receiving the final dose necessary for your particular vaccine. (Second dose for Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca/Single dose for Johnson & Johnson)

You DO NOT need a COVID test if you have recently tested positive and fully recovered. You DO need a COVID test regardless of your vaccination status.

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 unvaccinated 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 swab) test.

If you meet these requirements, you just need a Rapid Antigen Test (or RT PCR, if you prefer) with negative results (taken within 5 days prior to arrival). Then, you’ll need to apply for the Bahamas Travel Health Visa. You’ll submit your proof of vaccination on the Travel Health Visa application, and be sure to bring your negative COVID test results with you to the airport to board your flight. 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 and negative COVID test results 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 will submit your proof of vaccination with your Travel Health Visa application. You will also need to bring your COVID test results to the airport with you to board your flight. Once you’ve paid $40 and received 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. For unvaccinated travelers, an outside lab is charging a flat $10 to come administer the test, and your test is covered by your health visa. For vaccinated travelers, the lab is charging $35, which covers the cost of the test and the lab’s fee to come administer the test.

Be sure to bring cash to pay the lab’s fees.

On Aqua Cat, the lab will come to the boat on Friday upon return to port. The dock is a testing site, so there is no extra charge for testing there, regardless of your vaccination status.

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

Due to current BVI travel protocols, All Star Cuan Law is requiring all passengers to be fully vaccinated.

You must get a COVID test within 5 days prior to arriving in the British Virgin Islands. This can be a PCR test OR an approved rapid antigen test. Follow this link to view a list of approved rapid antigen tests.

Each passenger is 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. This insurance costs $9.75 per day.

Be sure to bring printed copies of your: (1) proof of vaccination, (2) proof of COVID insurance, and (3) negative test results from within 5 days prior to arrival.

Each traveler will also receive a Rapid Antigen Test upon arrival in the BVI. It will be administered in Tortola, either at the airport or at the ferry dock. You will need to pre-register for this test at the location where you will be entering the BVI. The cost of this test is $50, which can be paid with cash or a credit card. Since the results are sent to your phone within a few minutes, there is no quarantine necessary.

Entry to the Territory is recommended through the Terrence B Lettsome International Airport (EIS) on Beef Island. Though ferry ports have reopened, we highly recommend scheduling flights into Beef Island Airport until they have more than one ferry operating daily. A taxi can be taken from the airport to an overnight hotel of your choosing.

If you choose to fly into St. Thomas to take the ferry, be sure to take extra caution to arrive at the ferry dock early, as there is only one ferry operating. The only ferry departs from St. Thomas to Tortola at 4pm, and it departs from Tortola to St. Thomas at 9am. We can arrange taxis for you to make it from the ferry terminal to board Cuan Law and to get to the return ferry on Saturday morning after disembarking. Click here for details from the BVI Port Authority.

Guests must arrive into Tortola on or before Saturday, then you’re all 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 will be on Friday at the guest’s expense.

We arrange a concierge service to administer return tests on the boat for $125 per person. This charge can be paid via credit card. You will receive the necessary paper to present for airline or ferry check-in within a few minutes.

This test will allow you to return to the US after disembarking on Saturday, or Sunday if you choose to stay an extra night in Tortola. The timeline requirement for the return test is within 72 hours prior to flight to San Juan or within 48 hours prior to the ferry to St. Thomas.

If you plan on extending your stay until Monday or later, contact our office at 954-734-7111 to make arrangements for a final test.

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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