Tropic Ocean Airways Proposes Offering Preflight COVID-19 Antigen Testing Onsite in Fort Lauderdale and Miami Prior to Departure to The Bahamas

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Game Changer to Access All Islands of The Bahamas

Tropic Ocean Airways, an amphibious airline providing luxury air travel servicing South Florida, The Bahamas and greater Caribbean, is working with the Bahamian Government to offer preflight COVID-19 antigen testing at its Fort Lauderdale International’s Sheltair facility and the Miami Seaplane Base to locations in The Bahamas.

In addition to offering immigration pre-clearance, through its partnership with Bahamas Pre-Clearance, this will help facilitate direct travel to all islands of The Bahamas, reducing additional touchpoints and possible congestion at ports of entry, removing the logistical challenges of testing upon arrival.

Travelers to The Bahamas are required to provide a negative test result using a COVID-19 RT-PCR swab test no more than seven days prior to travel, a Bahamas Health Travel Visa ( and to receive an antigen test. This is all part of their commitment to welcome visitors and residents back safely.

One of Tropic Ocean Airways’ testing partners, Genome LLC, has offered to offset costs to travelers by providing a package deal including the COVID-19 RT-PCR swab test and Ag Antigen test. The Ag Antigen test kits have the required 95% specificity and sensitivity.

Further, the Government of The Bahamas recently announced that the 14-day mandatory “vacation in place” quarantine will expire on October 31st. Thereafter, visitors and residents alike will be able to move about and explore the destination at their leisure and discretion.

Tropic Ocean Airlines stands firm as a partner with The Bahamas to bring visitors and residents back to the country in a safe and efficient manner and to facilitate arrivals across the archipelago to have an immediate impact on tourism. To help the re-opening, Tropic Ocean Airways will offer pre-testing capabilities at cost to its guests and will offer the service to other carriers at its Fort Lauderdale International facility.

Tropic Ocean Airways remains committed to the highest standards of hygiene, cleanliness and safety, prioritizing that guests can travel with confidence. In response to the coronavirus, Tropic Ocean Airways has strengthened the cleaning and sanitation procedures onboard all aircraft and in guest lounges. These increased safety measures underscore the company’s commitment to provide first-class private charter flights and scheduled service throughout Florida, The Bahamas, and beyond.

About Tropic Ocean Airways

South Florida-based Tropic Ocean Airways, LLC is a United States certificated commuter air carrier, founded by United States Navy TOPGUN fighter pilot Rob Ceravolo in 2009. In addition to being the largest commercial amphibious airline in the world, Tropic Ocean Airways is one of the fastest growing commercial airlines on track to transport more than 45,000 guests throughout destinations in Florida, the Northeast, The Bahamas and the Caribbean. Tropic Ocean Airways is the recipient of the highly-coveted ARGUS Gold rating for safety and enjoys a five-star customer service rating on TripAdvisor.

Ceravolo and his team of over 100 experienced aviation professionals have developed and implemented standard operating procedures borrowed from the U.S. military, which ensure the highest levels of safety and service aboard each and every flight. To learn more about Tropic Ocean Airways, visit and on Instagram at @FlyTropic.

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