Originally Posted by neworleansrich
My boat has been stuck in Nassau since March and I'm flying back next week.
Here is some experience on applying for the Bahamas Health Visa:
You need to have a negative Covid PCR test within 7 days of arrival.
It's not so easy to find a lab that will do the Covid PCR swab test unless you are experiencing symptoms. After calling around, I found an Urgent Care that would do the test for work requirements or if a co-worker has tested positive. It's best not to say you are experiencing symptoms since this info will probably be printed on your results.
The nasal swab test is not pleasant.
It's also not so easy to find a lab that doesn't take 4-7 days to get you results. Make sure you ask. The lab told me 48 hours, but it actually took 4 days.
When filing the Bahamas Heath Visa online, don't use Apple's Safari. It doesn't work with the e-form.
The Health Visa result seems to be automated with the results determined, to a large part, by the zip code you use. Risk will be higher if you use a zip code from a hot spot. I know of someone rejected using a New Orleans Zip.
The website will return an email almost immediately if you fill out the application properly. If you don't see an email, check your spam or reapply.
Thanks for the info. We used an in home test from lab Corp. They mail you the test, you self test, following their very clear instructions, and fed ex it back to them. Their website says results within 1 to 2 days from receipt of test.
Their directions state in bold letters not to insert the swab too far, no further than the cotton tip of the swab and swirl around each nostril 3 or more times. It was no big deal.
We took our tests on the 3rd and plan to cross on the 8th. Iím keeping my fingers crossed that they donít delay.