As more travel options start to open up, the Dominican Republic has likely been on the radar for many anglers and boaters. The Caribbean country is a well-known hotspot for sportfishing enthusiasts and casual vacation-goers alike with plenty of options for saltwater social distancing. Currently, U.S. citizens are able to travel to the tropical haven without the requirement of a negative COVID-19 test for entry.
Starting on October 26, visitors arriving in Costa Rica will no longer be required to provide a negative PCR coronavirus test result, according to Tourism Minister Gustavo Segura.
By Captain Scott “Fraz” Murie
I’ve talked with many dealers and salesmen recently because I’ve been in the market for a boat. I just wanted a 25- to 28-foot outboard platform but come to find out there isn’t much to choose from. I had no interest in a boat until all my summer plans came screeching to a stop because of the pandemic. We were set to take a 30-day trip out west to visit a few national parks and do some fishing in Montana. This summer I’ve found out the entire nation was in the same situation as I was.
IMPORTANT TRAVEL UPDATE—On June 17, 2020, Minister of Tourism Dionisio D’Aguilar announced that all tourists and returning residents who come to the Bahamas when commercial international travel resumes on July 1st, 2020, WILL NEED to present a negative COVID-19 test.
Required Travel Documents
All guests traveling to the Bahamas must:
• Present negative COVID-19 test results valid within 10 days of travel (links to test sites above)
• Complete a Travel Health Card
• Complete a health questionnaire and temperature check upon check-in to SCYC
The following information applies to all guests. We will update with any modifications for travel as we receive the information.
Masks, Temperature Checks & Social Distancing
To protect yourself and our Bahamas, all guests are kindly asked to wear a face mask and follow social distancing measures when out and about on SCYC property. Masks are required when walking around the property and upon entering and exiting the check-in area, restaurant, and bar. Temperature checks will be performed at check-in, as well as prior to entering the restaurant and bar area.
A nightly curfew remains in effect daily from 10pm to 5am. You are required to remain on SCYC property during this time period. SCYC will close at 10pm each night to remain in compliance with the curfew.
Effective immediately, indoor dining will re-open at 50% capacity with physical distancing measures in place. All guests will be required to wear a mask when entering and exiting the restaurant and bar. SCYC is pleased to let you know that we have also added outdoor dining tables to accommodate our guests with full beverage and dining service provided by our stellar SCYC servers!
For everyone’s health and safety, SCYC will no longer offer snorkel gear rental. You are more than welcome to bring your own gear or else purchase a snorkel set at check-in. A $25 voucher per cottage will be offered to our current Package Plan guests who booked their reservation prior to June 9th, 2020 in lieu of snorkel gear inclusion.
Please click here to see the Makers Air statement regarding this situation.
Bahamas Preparing to Resume International Tourism on July 1 with New Health & Safety Protocols in Place
NASSAU, Bahamas, June 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation, along with the Tourism Readiness and Recovery Committee, a group comprised of public and private sector partners, announced today a collaborative plan for re-opening the country’s borders and tourism sector, as well as the resumption of international commercial travel starting July 1. A press conference provided details of the “Tourism Readiness and Recovery Plan” to be used as an approved, comprehensive guide of health and safety protocol to be followed consistently across the country.