The Bahamas started opening up for tourists and first started welcoming private planes and yachts on June 15. Some commercial flights to the island resumed on July 1. Announced on Sunday and effective as of today, Americans, with very few exceptions, cannot visit the Bahamas. In fact, very few tourists from around the world can visit the Caribbean country. Visitors from the UK, Europe and Canada, who have also recently tested negative for COVID-19, or are willing to quarantine for 14 days, can visit the country. All other international commercial flights are not permitted to enter the Bahamas.

Not only will commercial flights from the United States not be able to enter the Bahamas, but also there will not be any flights to the United States from the Bahamas. Those coming in on private international flights or via private boats from the United States can still enter, but visitors must show a recent negative COVID-19 test result, taken no later than 10 days before traveling to the island nation. Alternatively, visitors can self-quarantine for 14 days. Some exemptions may be made for emergency and essential personnel.

Once you arrive in the Bahamas, you must practise social distancing and wear a face mask. Those who don't comply will face one-month imprisonment or a $200 fine, or both. However, keep in mind that if you visit the Bahamas, you may not have much to do at all. A number of parks and beaches have been closed until further notice, and on Grand Bahama, indoor dining is not permitted.

For Americans who want to visit the Caribbean this summer, there is still hope. Americans can still visit Barbados and Aruba as well as Barbuda and Antigua. Negative COVID-19 tests are required.

Adam Luehrs is a contributing writer at based in California. He likes traveling to new and exciting destinations, preferably on his credit card company's dime. When not on the road, Adam enjoys hiking around the mountains of San Diego, trying out new food and reading history books. Email: