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by Sheree-Anita Shearer | Associate Writer
Jamaicans enjoy, and make use of their visa-free or visa-on-arrival privileges to 86 countries of which I am happy to report, The Bahamas is one such.
Jamaicans can visit the Bahamas without needing to worry about visas or other additional travel documents outside of their passport.
The countries that are a part of CARICOM grant passport-only access to Caribbean neighbours who share the same CARICOM passport.
CARICOM also makes it easy to work in these islands as long as you have a CSME certificate in the particular field you which to work in.
It is also important to point out that as per Bahamian laws, for a person currently living in a country outside of your country of birth (except for the US and Canada), you will be admitted based on the travel requirements of your birth country.
Apart from passports though, there are a few other things to consider.
The Bahamas takes extra precautions when it comes to travelling with minors. If a minor happens to be travelling with only one parent, then permission must be granted in writing from the other parent for the child to travel in our outside of the Bahamas.
If the child is travelling with non-parents, then permission must be given by both parents or the child/ward’s legal guardian.
This must be in the form of a notarised letter which clearly states the name of the person and the child. It must also be clearly stated that permission is granted for the child to travel outside the country of birth with the chaperone and that said chaperone is permitted to seek medical attention should the need arise.
For Jamaicans, there are currently no vaccination requirements. However, yellow fever vaccination is required for those persons over the age of one who are from countries exposed to Yellow Fever.
While this does not immediately affect Jamaicans, it could potentially affect your visit to the islands of the Bahamas if you travel through one of the flagged countries or even spend more than 12 hours in a country that has the Yellow Fever endemic or an outbreak.
The vaccine must be administered at least 10 days before travel so if you plan on visiting a Yellow Fever risk country before heading to the Bahamas ensure to have your Yellow Fever shot done beforehand.
Here is a list of these countries for reference
As for the obvious elephant in the room, there are no negative test requirements for fully vaccinated persons against COVID-19.
How do I get from Jamaica to the Bahamas?
The easiest way to get from one country to the next is by plane. Some ships also stop in both countries, but that is in most cases on a cruise.
How long is a flight from Jamaica to the Bahamas?
The flight from Kingston, Jamaica to Nassau, Bahamas is 1 hour 26 minutes if it is a direct flight. If not, and there are stops on other islands, which there will most likely be, it will take much longer.
There are flights leaving from both Montego Bay And Kingston to Nassau, Freeport and Marsh Harbour.
How much is a flight from Jamaica to Nassau?
A flight from Jamaica to Nassau can cost between JMD 40,000 - 90,000.
What is the exchange rate in the Bahamas?
The Bahamian dollar is stronger than the Jamaican currency, the current exchange rate is 151 to 1. Converting to USD before heading to the Bahamas would be beneficial as the exchange rate for those two countries is 1 to 1.
On arrival to The Bahamas, visitors must fill out and sign an immigration form. The “visitor’s portion” of the document should be kept safely on your person until the date of your departure.
An oral declaration of the content of your luggage is required. Each adult visitor is permitted 50 cigars, 20 cigarettes or a single pound of tobacco and one quart of spirits.
Imported beer is dutiable at $10 Bahamian per imperial gallon or $ 18 per case. A personal headset and no more than 2 still cameras are also allowed.
The pandemic has changed the way we live work and travel in many ways. Now many jobs are being done remotely, allowing us to do it from anywhere in the world.
The Bahamian government devised the BEATS programme, which permits people to live or attend school remotely while calling the islands home for up to a year. No need to worry though, Jamaicans have already enjoyed these privileges through CARICOM.
So you see, the possibility to travel throughout our region is ever present and we should definitely use these opportunities to experience our neighbouring island nations.
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