The Bahamas just closed its borders to the U.S. but says Canadians still welcome
The Bahamas is closing its borders to passengers travelling from the U.S. after observing a spike in cases, but thankfully, Canadians have still been given the green light to travel.
As of July 22, American tourists will no longer be able to arrive in The Bahamas either by commercial flights or vessels.
"Since opening borders to international travel on July 1, The Bahamas has unfortunately experienced a deterioration in conditions relative to COVID-19," reads a press release issued Monday by Bahamas Ministry Of Tourism & Aviation.
Travellers from Canada, the U.K. and the European Union are exempt from the emergency order, although Canadians will still have to present a negative COVID-19 test prior to arriving and follow all travel restrictions.
#Bahamas: You must wear a face covering in public spaces. A curfew is in effect from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Avoid crowded areas and follow the instructions of local authorities. #COVID19 https://t.co/TLrKQO0MEl pic.twitter.com/YnjZJmpg1w— Travel.gc.ca (@TravelGoC) July 3, 2020
The news comes just a few weeks after Europe gave Canadian tourists the go-ahead to fly across the pond and enjoy a few buttery croissants under the Eiffel Tower.
The U.S. was left off Europe's safe list.
Canadians can now fly to these 27 countries in Europe starting this week https://t.co/oo3IAOCmND #Canada #COVID19Canada #Coronavirus #COVID19— Freshdaily (@freshdaily) June 29, 2020
As of Monday, the United States has a total of approximately 3.76 million COVID-19 cases; Canada has 110,338 cases as of July 19, per the government website.
Amidst the uptick in cases, Canadians continue to worry for our neighbours to the south, especially considering that many of us have family members and loved ones across the border.
One Canadian-American couple even recently got married at the border so that both of their families could attend.
Hang in there, America — and let us know if you require a care package of poutine and Smarties.
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