Cooper slams health visa charge for Family Island travel as “patently absurd”

Cooper slams health visa charge for Family Island travel as “patently absurd”
Exumas and Ragged Island MP Chester Cooper. (FILE PHOTO)

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Exumas and Ragged Island MP Chester Cooper yesterday slammed the government over the $25 health visa charge for travels to the Family Islands, calling it “patently absurd”.

Cooper said in a statement yesterday, “It has come to my attention that the government is charging $25 for the health visa for travel to the Family Islands.

“It is patently absurd and should immediately be stopped. There is already a requirement to have a negative RT-PCR molecular test to travel to the Family Islands from Nassau and Grand Bahama.”

Cooper added, “Those tests cost at least $125 and up to $225. But this new charge places additional burdens on Bahamians who want to return home to the Family Islands. I ask that this decision be reversed immediately. It flies in the face of good sense and once again burdens Bahamians at a time of great economic upheaval.”

Travelers from New Providence and Grand Bahama to the remainder of The Bahamas are required to obtain a travel visa, to complete the daily health questionnaire and take a rapid antigen test on the fifth day of their travel. A negative RT-PCR test for travelers from New Providence and Grand Bahama to the remainder of The Bahamas is a requirement to obtain a travel visa.

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Bahamians are again postponing trips from the islands to Nassau doctors/hospital as the additional costs to do so after 9+months of reduced income makes it financially impossible.

Bahamians should halt all travel and when the airlines start to suffer greatly, maybe they would cut this visa nonsense out. We already need a negative covid test to travel, why put more burden on the people with this travel visa. I could understand the government charging the tourist coming into the country for this visa, but not your own people They didn’t even consider the burden that they would be placing on their citizens, especially when you think of returning students who now have to pay for a health visa to return to their own home country and are catching hell and are not being allowed to board planes that are coming to Nassau unless theu pay for the visa. This is a sad indictment on this Government. This is a money making scheme, these politicians do not care about us and we are being treated like second class citizens in our own country.

It’s so sad how no one is concerned about the financial situation of parents with kids abroad in school coming back home it’s hard I ain’t work from march my unemployment benefits can barely feed me now this I will keep praying only God can help us

It is not surprising that only One MP would stand up to defend the rights of traveling Bahamian. The Minis Government is pushing mandatory isolation of the family Island residents by imposing this $25.00 Health Visa. At a time in which the entire economy is in a downward spiral, there is no need nor esterification for this measure.
Health traveling Visa must not be an income-generating means for the government but a social responsibility of the government as part of its social services to all.
There is no sugar-coated way not palatable firm to describe the ineptness of this administration.

Yohann Zaggappuss

It is not surprising that only One MP would stand up to defend the rights of traveling Bahamian. The Minis Government is pushing mandatory isolation of the family Island residents by imposing this $25.00 Health Visa. At a time in which the entire economy is in a downward spiral, there is no justification for this measure.
Health traveling Visa must not be an income-generating means for the government but a social responsibility of the government as part of its social services to all.
There is no sugar-coated way nor palatable form to describe the ineptness of this administration.

This is indicative of a Government that lacks vision, innovation and creativity to figure other ways to generate revenue than to tax its citizens into a deeper state of distress and dispair. Are there NO THINKERS in the group?

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