‘Send them back immediately’: Govt. wants to repatriate irregular migrants at sea

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Minister of Immigration Keith Bell advised yesterday that the government is considering amending the Immigration Act to allow law enforcement officers to repatriate migrants at sea. Bell made the revelation to reporters outside the House of Assembly when asked about the recent uptick in interdictions. “We have seen a steady flow,” he […]

BACK TO LEVEL THREE: CDC flags rising COVID-19 infections, US State dept warns to reconsider travel

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The US State Department is again warning its citizens to reconsider travel to The Bahamas in an increased travel advisory prompted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) raising the country to a Level 3 due to the high level of infections. Health officials recorded 315 cases on Monday, taking […]

HIT THE BRAKES: Ministry of Tourism suspends mandatory RT-PCR testing for entry of fully vaxxed travelers

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Bahamas has suspended the planned mandatory RT-PCR testing requirement for vaccinated travelers, according to the Ministry of Tourism. The policy turnaround follows a warning last week from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that advised Bahamians to expect delays in obtaining COVID test results and flight cancelations during the holiday period due […]

Bahamas ranks among top 10 in-demand countries for travel among US tourists

Bahamas ranks #7, in between Jamaica and Turks & Caicos NASSAU, BAHAMAS — A survey conducted by a US travel site found The Bahamas continues to be one of the most popular vacation destinations amongst American tourists. The study, by ParkSleepFly, analyzed Google search data for flights, vacations and hotels in popular tourist destinations around […]

KICKED TO THE CURB: No more travel health visa for Bahamian citizens and residents

Travel health visa requirement still in place for visitors Cooper hints manual immigration landing card to be axed “in due course” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Tourism Minister Chester Cooper advised in Parliament yesterday that beginning December 13, Bahamians and residents will no longer require health visas to return home. The travel visa, however, will remain in […]

NEW HORIZONS: Bahamian para-athlete tapped to become godmother of Royal Caribbean’s newest cruise ship

Cancer survivor Erin Brown to be named the first Bahamian godmother of a Royal Caribbean International vessel MIAMI, FLORIDA — A Bahamian woman who lost her leg to cancer and went on to defy odds and inspire thousands will be named godmother of Royal Caribbean International’s Odyssey of the Seas.  Erin Brown, a 41-year-old mother […]

DR FAUCI WEIGHS IN: US medical expert speaks on when he sees pandemic being declared over

Chief medical advisor says antiviral drugs will not cancel out the need for vaccinations Dr Fauci predicts a low level of COVID-19 disruption by spring NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Despite the introduction of antiviral drugs against COVID-19, there will still be a need to administer vaccinations globally, according to Dr Anthony Fauci, chief medical advisor to […]

STAYING OUT OF IT: Mitchell says Bahamas not getting between China-US tensions

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Bahamas is not in between a geopolitical banter between the United States and China, said Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell yesterday. Mitchell made the comment as he spoke to the country’s relationships with the two world superpowers during a contribution in Parliament. The foreign affairs minister insisted that there is room […]

IN THE CLEAR: US recognizes individuals who took AstraZeneca as fully vaccinated

US Embassy: Local regulations and enforcement may vary by state New York’s Broadway initially excluded AstraZeneca-vaccinated individuals, but has since changed its policy NASSAU, BAHAMAS — While the United States recognizes individuals who become inoculated against the coronavirus with AstraZeneca as “fully vaccinated”, local regulations and enforcement could vary across states, according to US Embassy […]

PERMANENT AND PENSIONABLE: Govt to regularize 300 Ministry of Education staffers by end of budget year

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Minister of Education Jeffrey Lloyd announced yesterday that some 300 contract workers in his ministry will become permanent and pensionable by the end of the budget year. During his presentation to the budget debate, Lloyd acknowledged “vexing concerns” of employees from the delays in confirmations, reclassifications and regularization to permanent and pensionable […]

RECONSIDER: CPSA urges govt to rethink easing travel restrictions; recommends continued testing after May 1

Pinder-Butler says govt must find balance between healthcare and economy CPSA: Healthcare workers exposed on the frontlines yet “continue to be excluded from meaningful engagement with policymakers” NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Consultant Physicians Staff Association (CPSA) is recommending that testing remain a requirement for travel beyond May 1, due to the widespread transmission of COVID-19 […]