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Bahamas closes its borders to US travellers

Three weeks after the Caribbean country largely reopened to international travel, it is closing its borders to visitors from the US over concerns of recent COVID-19 spikes.

Prime Minister of the Bahamas, Dr Hubert Minnis, made the announcement on Sunday 19 July. All air and sea borders with the US will close at midnight on Wednesday. 

Speaking to the media, the Prime Minister said: “Regrettably, the situation here at home has already deteriorated since we began the reopening of our domestic economy… It has deteriorated at an exponential rate since we reopened our international borders.”

According to the Bahamian Ministry of Health, the island nation saw 15 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday. Tourists from Canada, the EU and the UK will still be permitted to enter the Bahamas if they can provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test at least 10 days before arrival.

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