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I am a Jamaican citizen granted asylum in the United States I want to find out if I could use my refugee travel documents to visit the Bahamas?

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  • Timatic seems to indicate you may need a visa timaticweb2.com/integration/… but I couldn’t readily confirm this on immigration.gov.bs – Traveller Jul 16 '20 at 17:09
  • Do you have a valid Jamaican passport? If so, this page indicates that you do not need a passport for a 3-month (possibly an 8-month) visit. – Michael Seifert Jul 16 '20 at 19:28
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    @MichaelSeifert Using a Jamaican passport might put their protected status at risk. – Kina Jul 16 '20 at 21:37
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    I lived in The Bahamas for a few years during university and know that travel documents other than passports need visas. Unfortunately, I can't link to anything official, but a call to the nearest Bahamian embassy would help – Kina Jul 16 '20 at 21:40
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    @Kina answers based on personal experience are fine, especially if nothing official is to be found online. I encourage you to add one. – phoog Jul 17 '20 at 12:29
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Today, Timatic now says that:

The following are exempt from holding a visa:

  • Passengers with a US Travel Document (Form I-571) issued to refugees with nationality of Jamaica shown on the bio-data page of the travel document.
  • Passengers with a Permit to Re-Enter (Form I-327) issued by the USA with nationality of Jamaica shown on the bio-data page of the travel document.

Particularly note that you don't need a Jamaican passport, or in fact any other passport, when using the Refugee Travel Document. It is a substitute for a passport and like a passport it will hold all of your visas and entry/exit stamps.

Passport Exemptions:

  • Passengers with a Permit to Re-Enter (Form I-327) issued by the USA.
  • Passengers with a US Travel Document (Form I-571) issued to refugees.

You are still required to take a COVID-19 RT-PCR test within five days of arrival and obtain the Travel Health Visa before departure. Regarding this, Timatic says:

  • Passengers must complete a Bahamas Health Visa application at www.travel.gov.bs before departure. They must upload their negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) RT-PCR test result or select relevant exemption category, and provide their contact information. Passengers must present the approved Bahamas Health Visa application at check-in and upon arrival.

  • Passengers must have a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) RT-PCR test result from a sample dated at most 5 days before arrival.

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