Say goodbye to those vacay plans to paradise. The Bahamas will restrict U.S. travel to its islands officially this week. The decision comes after Florida sees a continual spike in the novel coronavirus.\nThe region has announced that starting Wednesday, July 22, U.S. flights will be banned from the island nation due to COVID-19 concerns. This means all U.S commercial flights to the region and cruises en route to Grand Bahama will cease operations and be turned away.\nEditor's Choice: Don't Cancel Your Disney Plans Just Yet, Gov Says Central Florida Could Be In 'Good Shape'\nBahamasair, the nation's airline, didn't wait until Wednesday, choosing to start canceling its outgoing flights immediately.\nSouth Florida has seen a rapid rise in COVID-19 cases over the past month, prompting worry that the region and the state have become an epicenter for the virus.\nThe United States is the only country barred at this time. Tourists from Canada, the U.K., and the European Union are still welcome to the islands, granted they test negative for COVID-19 for 10 days upon their arrival.\nHIGHLIGHTS FROM THE PRIME MINISTER’S NATIONAL ADDRESS 19 JULY 2020\n\n-The Ministry of Health reporting 15 new confirmed...Posted by Office of the Prime Minister - The Bahamas on Sunday, July 19, 2020\nThe Bahamas just recently reopened to visitors after staying shut for nearly three months. However, the reopening to international tourists has brought a resurgence of the virus to the island nation.\nAccording to Prime Minister Hubert Minnis, the situation on the islands has been growing at an "exponential rate," which forced the leader to reimposed restrictions on who can vacation on the islands.\nToday I announced measures to help reduce the spread of #COVID19 on #GrandBahama during my National Address. Since the international borders fully re-opened on 1 July, the island has recorded 31 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. Read my full remarks here: https://t.co/xBC7n9Os5G pic.twitter.com/qU6LXjNW5e— Dr Hubert Minnis (@minnis_dr) July 19, 2020\nGrand Bahama has been the hardest hit in COVID-19's resurgence, recording 31 new cases since July 1.\nBahamasair, which services South Florida's major airports, has ceased all outbound flights to and from the islands; and with cruise lines all but halted due to the pandemic, the islands are effectively cut off from the Sunshine State.\nThe US passport used to be the most valuable passport in the world but now we can't even go to the Bahamas. Have you had enough of @realDonaldTrump ? I have https://t.co/tknyBUPscH— Bruce A. Heyman (@BruceAHeyman) July 20, 2020\nSocial media users have tweeted their embarrassment of being banned from the Bahamas. "The US passport used to be the most valuable passport in the world but now we can't even go to the Bahamas," tweeted Bruce Heyman, a former U.S. Ambassador to Canada.\nThe ban is meant to be temporary until the pandemic gets under control.