Government Actions

Learn more about our Government’s emergency orders, phase system, border restrictions and testing.

Our System

Our Government first introduced a 5-phase system in March 2020 to help manage and minimise the risk of citizens contracting or spreading COVID-19. The system ranges from Phase 1 (Lockdown) to Phase 5 (Open economy with physical distancing).

On August 17, a new 3-level system was introduced as a method of streamlining the phase system and allowing the government to efficiently assign to each island an appropriate level based on its current status of COVID-19 cases, contact tracing efforts and recovery rate.

The new system lets us know what restrictions must be followed to help stop the spread of COVID-19

Click here to learn what each level means.

To view the Government’s current COVID-19 Guidelines for all islands, visit

Reducing COVID-19

Border entry and testing

Border entry measures are in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in The Bahamas. Visitors and returning residents must present a completed Health Visa. For more information, visit

Public testing

Keeping COVID-19 out means identifying any new cases that may arise within the community. 

If you have travelled recently or have been in contact with someone who has travelled in the last 14 days, please contact a health professional or the COVID-19 hotline.

If you know anyone in the community experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, encourage them to be tested. This will help stop community transmission of the virus.

For testing and other information, contact the COVID-19 hotline: 511

Other Initiatives

Driver & Car Licencing

Click here for the latest information on obtaining and renewing your car and driver’s licences. 


Virtual Instruction: Home school programmes are permitted with no more than 5 students unless approved by the Ministry of Education.

Pre-schools and infant daycare centres are permitted to open under the following conditions:

  • All employees wear facemasks
  • Premises are sanitised, and
  • Guidelines or notices issued by the Competent Authority or Ministry of Education are adhered to.