(CMC) – The Government of the Bahamas says it has now resumed flights to Haiti and Cuba, thereby lifting the travel ban imposed on both Caribbean nations.
The announcement was made on Friday by the prime minister’s press secretary, Clint Watson, who said the airline Bahamasair had resumed its flights to Haiti.
There will be two flights per week, Bahamasair: One to Cap Haitien, which was Friday, and the other to Port-au-Prince, which will be on Saturday.
There will be four flights to Cuba each week.
The original ban on Haiti in February was explained as a decision to block travellers for three weeks as Haiti celebrated carnival.
At the time, few countries in the region had begun vaccination campaigns.
Prior to the ban, The Bahamas had regular, direct flights to Haiti.
The Bahamas received its first tranche of vaccines in early March, along with many countries in the region.
Haiti was left behind in the global and regional vaccination effort, and did not begin its vaccination campaign until July. The nation, which has been faced with increasing political and economic strife, has yet to vaccinate more than one per cent of its population.
Watson, who was speaking during the weekly press conference, noted that the Bahamas has fully vaccinated over 40 per cent of its population.
Watson also made reference to Jamaica, St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines where – according to figures released in October – the vaccination rates are below 20 per cent.