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Bahamas to close borders for U.S. travelers

Bahamas to close borders for U.S. travelers

The Bahamas has reported 49 new covid-19 cases since opening its borders to foreign travelers on July 1, Minnis said. And beginning Wednesday, Grand Bahama's global and domestic borders will be closed to all incoming and outgoing flights and sea vessels.

The Bahamas re-opened to worldwide travelers on July 1, 2020 and has since announced that it is closing back the borders on July 22, 2020.

Minnis said the series of "strong actions" is due to the Americas having the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, claiming that neighboring countries are experiencing overwhelmed hospitals and increases in deaths from the disease.

"'International commercial flights and commercial vessels carrying passengers will not be permitted to enter our borders, except for commercial flights from Canada, the United Kingdom, and the European Union", Minnis said in his Sunday address. However, private worldwide flights, charters and yachts from all countries will be allowed.

The prime minister of the Bahamas announced on Sunday that new restrictions to stem the spread of coronavirus will include a ban on most worldwide flights.

"Regrettably the situation here at home has already deteriorated since we began reopening our worldwide borders", the President said.

"So today, I am announcing a number of measures we are reinstating to address the number of new cases we are seeing here at home".

The Bahamas' tighter restrictions come just days before the nearby Turks and Caicos Islands, which reported a 41.4% increase in new cases last week, is scheduled to reopen its borders to global tourists Wednesday.

The Bahamian government is banning travellers from the US and other countries where coronavirus cases are surging in an effort to prevent further spread of the virus in the Caribbean nation.

Other islands have delayed their reopening dates, tightened testing protocols or announced bans on US visitors for the time being. Anyone who presents a falsified test will be subject to a $2,000 fine, two years imprisonment or both. People who refuse to the monitoring, or who aren't approved by the Bahamas Ministry of Health, must quarantine at a government-identified facility at their own expense.