30 January 2020 – Travel ban introduced for non-citizens from China, citizens to undergo home isolation

Type of Intervention: Executive Order
Sectors Involved: Tourism, Citizens
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: Bahamas Ministry of Health

Overview: Following the WHO’s declaration of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, and the level three travel advisory issued by the United States CDC,the Government of The Bahamas implemented a travel ban, 1) denying entry to all non-residents travelling from China within the past 20 days to The Bahamas, 2) requiring a 14 day quarantine for returning residents, and 3) citing the WHO’s current recommendation against all non-essential travel for persons to China at this time.

Full details here: http://www.bahamas.gov.bs/wps/portal/public/news%20and%20press%20release/who%20declares%20the%20novel%20coronavirus%20outbreak%20a%20public%20health%20emergency%20of%20international%20concern/!ut/p/b1/vZbJrqM4GIWfpR4gFZuZJfMQ5hk2EZCEMENCgPD0ldtdUqtUqns31cErpGN9_o-Pf3uf7KN90qVzWaRT2Xdp8_GfEEdUMnWbwyidIjAaKNAzFF6wUAmF-3AfqTHOZnd94Rn3uPQP69psMpOoVYeLOTcMaYgMzXPge9aCdHNOQSsC3ZVP6AnKmZZdMwNZ8V1yuLO34FFyiLY0OCSUGFrr8DjiVhnGXQAgbh9Wv84FH7UEveVBl6c3hQFl3NTN80mVZthDZZdxZCEjWlptjdjbrCkWRfYsxiCiem0Od9t6TumLGkq3GSGoZbSkKUfdi_e41vVuK2apa_3zbmni8xWbcRRzL5RKpZ1EPx7o83ip5ZnelGb59u1lTPwyBvzhY8C_vgFJZ5iXbybiffjGQeLg44DiiZ_zPxF84fsX87Gv9y35dYkSDgig-JbGWKSMmBj4KfisxM-LxL4SEPv4JSD_LCD33j4C2NGtnoOy1ZtTbTbQvUAxvHiDm7_c6y00PAE1phR6fAxB5i-6fwf6pqPT5hjeSbZOgeOzDG_xxfPxOdDVsPcCKY94NxB9MxAF7wYi7wbibwaq704p-vfPobpPyqz9vuTtd_AdBxAiKKRwBCUJEtkHal7gXM8sgsA7d3jVCbBOB6w0ECHOSjfpFXZaFUtGsik6WqyNyflzZWztYJ5O7enih7LIrnCgGd32xYFztHlUJKRXO9LpumwZK4a9SVnbHNlNtWr6QuU9jdyIPlPHJNqYV3c35L49f-EK-3uywQJdLwaef4eghrpXaa7hN6_qDcPQlAV6gepVoul5iuS_7sXdrTXLvmfkI-aIH9gvuhPxXiDFwncD_wlaFaNG-npPCIpzcZwTn0Om2QWXw5Yj16ukpKnwWDWQhhDrmKZfa5Pmuhu-dBy36Po26856cyWDQpxktmmiv_sQp9dpx3VTq-IOdZTOwexcJnKcRq0AaAaDYy1mJJDJrXVnJT8rlGZGNpYEzrXr7wL3HBherkf9GSibp7icsmNzlK_TYGMspVNoWkyIhPRrbgx5h63GrI-HheGbSrbyw41gtb4uWZY8owHBitoFRm6OR8orjO7TJh73MGfuwilgu1hsKoRy5lM_IWa36h2Pump_3myCchZcqlmck6u-8qckUbbLFPT0Ob73gnEfHizpmXOwMGvolc-IbCw6Xmw__t3wA4K-DNdQzaA46Ero_77DvwKpv39ofmklFI0iNE4CCqMgDgHcB5NPrfnH69S6H0QMMQz5oqHFGQujEXjCmXBHx-xHtKZhmFcsQpwYhZWLivPmeBvVBMWw7TYnx7IT6PO9k9BOK5Lglaq1RPrROnFr11zVICHNOM2Qe4tp5hy5W_7gx1XfDRyfB5eEpVC5HGvUFokikHrjUEac0ZKIonG2t11rIPDMgnuMu0aSdUqnIlyIgFJnm6uy7nCQbbUAjBSOAaIeWdhd2xik193xmmy7_hjMotfpt-J8wwZwDTzGtAZFCXLSjIrr7ayMdDnQOw0x20tJeDR2XHgvb3upeHk3tPPhoBGOcDF-H1i6-2_E334ATEahNA!!/dl4/d5/L2dBISEvZ0FBIS9nQSEh/

Type of Justification: Advice of EXTERNAL expert advisor or advisory committee, Learning from other jurisdictions
Source of Evidence or Justification: World Health Organisation, National – other, CDC
Evidence/Justification: The Bahamas Ministry of Health moved from an annoucement 1/22/20, to an advisory 1/28/20, to a ban/first governmental requirement 1/30/20, based on a change in the WHO’s declaration of a Public Health Emergency just hours before. Despite the WHO still recommending no travel nor trade restrictions be implemented, The Bahamas Ministry of Health made a determination to follow the USA’s CDC’s travel restrictions. Without justification cited, the Bahamas increased the CDC’s ban of all foreign nationals who had been in China within the past 14 days to all non-residents who had been in China within the past 20 days.