U.S. Citizens: Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements:

Air Travel: All U.S. citizens are required to present a valid U.S. passport in order to enter The Bahamas, as well as to enter or re-enter the United States when traveling by air. U.S. citizens do not need visas for short trips to The Bahamas for tourist/business purposes, however, Bahamian regulations require that air passengers entering for tourism have a round trip ticket. Travelers should be prepared to show return/onward travel arrangements to immigration authorities if requested. Passengers arriving with one way tickets could be denied entry.

Sea Travel: U.S. citizens traveling to The Bahamas by sea on private watercraft or most commercial vessels must have a valid passport. Those traveling by sea on an officially-designated “closed-loop cruise”, meaning that the port of entry is the same port as the port of re-entry upon return to the U.S., may enter using a passport, passport card, or other Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) compliant document, however, it is prudent to obtain a passport before travel in case of an unforeseen emergency that requires a cruise passenger to disembark and return by air. (Please verify with your cruise line if your intended cruise is designated a closed-loop cruise.) Travelers arriving via private watercraft are charged docking fees.

Minors traveling unaccompanied or accompanied by a guardian or chaperone: In general, a child under 16 years of age may travel into the Bahamas merely with proof of citizenship. Proof of citizenship can be a raised seal birth certificate and preferably a government issued photo ID if on a closed loop cruise or a U.S. passport if entering by air or private vessel. 

The Bahamas requires compliance with regulations to divert child abduction. Any child traveling without one of the parents listed upon the birth certificate must have a letter from the absent parent granting permission for the child to travel. This should be sworn before a notary public and signed by the absent parent(s). If the parent is deceased, a certified death certificate may be necessary.

It is advisable to have the minor carry a written notarized consent letter from both parents (if both are listed on the child’s certificate of birth) before sending your child to travel as a minor with a guardian or chaperone.

For more information please visit http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country/the-bahamas.html


Canadian Citizens

A Canadian citizen does not require a visa to visit The Bahamas and can remain there for a maximum period of 8 months. However the following documents are required:

  • A Canadian passport, with an expiry date that is NOT less than 3 months, after leaving The Bahamas (for direct travel) and NOT less than 6 months (if transiting through other countries such as the US)
  • A return ticket

* If a minor child is traveling with only one parent, a notarized letter of permit from the parent not travelling may be requested. *

Canadian Permanent Residents

Permanent Residents of Canada may stay in The Bahamas for 30 days without a visa. They MUST travel with the following documentation:

  • A valid passport from your country of origin of which expiry date, after return from The Bahamas, must NOT be less than 3 months (for direct travel) and NOT less than 6 months (if transiting through other countries such as the US)
  • An original Canadian Permanent Resident CARD of which the expiry date must NOT be less than 3 months (for direct travel) and NOT less than 6 months (if transiting through other countries such as the US)
  • A return ticket

For any enquiries, visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website section on "Foreigners Travelling to The Bahamas" at: www.bahamas.gov.bs.


Latin American Citizens

To enter The Bahamas citizens from Latin America are required to present a valid passport for the period of intended stay. You are not required to have a Bahamian visa if the stay is less than 3 months. If you are departing The Bahamas for a country that has the passport validity requirement of six (6) months beyond the dates of travel, then that requirement will be enforced.

You must also have a return ticket or onward journey ticket, hotel confirmation (if staying at a hotel, or name and address of residence) and, if requested, proof of funds to support your visit.

NOTE: If you are using an electronic ticket, please show Immigration a copy of your travel itinerary and ticket number.

PASSPORT refers to a valid passport from the individual's country of birth.

VISA refers to a Bahamas visa only. If a person is born in one country and resident in another, the documentation required is based upon the country of birth.

For more details on visa requirements, please click here.

Visitors traveling via airlines should go to www.iatatravelcentre.com to see if travel documents (health requirements, visas, and immunizations) are sufficient for the airline you are traveling on.

VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS: Most visitors to The Bahamas do not need special vaccinations before entering the country. However, travellers over age one must provide a YELLOW FEVER VACCINATION CERTIFICATE, if they are coming from countries with the risk of infection such as Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela. They must be vaccinated 10 days before entering The Bahamas. Information can be found on the following sites: www.cdc.gov/travel.


Other Countries

To enter The Bahamas, citizens from countries other than the US and Canada are required to present a valid passport which must be current up to your travel period and some countries are also required to have a Bahamas visa. If you are departing The Bahamas for a country that has the passport validity requirement of six (6) months beyond the dates of travel, then that requirement will be enforced. You must also have a return, or onward journey ticket, hotel confirmation (if staying at a hotel, or name and address of residence) and proof of funds to support your visit. To view the entry requirements for your country of birth, please download the PDF below.

NOTE: If you are using an electronic ticket, please show Immigration a copy of your travel itinerary and ticket number.

PASSPORT refers to a valid passport from the individual's country of birth.

VISA refers to a Bahamas visa only. If a person is born in one country and resident in another (other than the US or Canada), the documentation required is based upon the country of birth.

To download a Bahamas Visa Application Form or to verify the visa requirements, click here.

Visitors traveling via airlines should go to www.iatatravelcentre.com to see if travel documents are sufficient for the airline you are traveling on.

VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS: Most visitors to The Bahamas do not need special vaccinations before entering the country. However, travellers over age one must provide a YELLOW FEVER VACCINATION CERTIFICATE, if they are coming from infected areas. This applies to several, Latin American countries, African countries, and Trinidad in the Caribbean. Also, please note that American Airlines requires a Yellow Fever Certificate for Trinidadians travelling to The Bahamas.

More information regarding Vaccination Requirements can be found on the following sites:www.cdc.gov/travel or the World Health Organization.


Customs and Immigration

Arrival
Upon arriving in The Islands Of The Bahamas, everyone must fill out and sign an immigration form, keeping a portion of the card in hand until departing. An oral baggage declaration is required. Each adult visitor is allowed to bring 50 cigars, 200 cigarettes or one pound of tobacco, one quart of spirits and a variety of personal effects (personal radio headsets, bicycle, two still cameras, etc.). All beer imported into the country is dutiable at a rate of $10 per imperial gallon or $18 per case. Purchases up to a value of $100 are permitted by all arriving passengers.

Departure
For up-to-date information on regulations for International Travel, US Residents should visit the Travel Section of the US Customs and Border Protection Home Page: http://www.cbp.gov.

Boats
If entering The Bahamas by boat, there is a flat fee to clear Customs and Immigration, which is $150.00 for boats 30 feet and under and $300.00 for boats 31 feet and over. This covers a vessel with three persons or less. Also included is a cruising permit, a fishing permit, Customs and Immigration charges and the $20.00 Departure Tax is waived for up to three persons. Each additional person above three will be charged $20.00 Departure Tax. If you plan to stay longer than 12 months, special arrangements must be made with Bahamas Customs and Immigration.


US Permanent Residents (Non-citizens)

To enter The Bahamas, US residents who are not citizens need the following documentation:
Alien Registration Card (Green Card)

For visits NOT exceeding 30 days:
An original Alien Registration Card is required, along with a national passport (passport from country of birth).

For visits exceeding 30 days:
A valid national passport and a Bahamas visa are required for US resident non-citizens wishing to stay longer than 30 days.


Canadian Residents (Non-citizens)

To enter The Islands Of The Bahamas, Canadian residents (and landed Canadian immigrants) who are not Canadian citizens are required to present the following documentation:
Passport

For visits NOT exceeding 30 days:
A valid national passport accompanied by a Canadian Permanent Resident Card.

For visits exceeding 30 days:
Contact our nearest Embassy or High Commission.

Bahamas Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bahamas Embassy, Consulate and High Commission Offices:
The Bahamas
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Consular Section
Norfolk House, Frederick Street
P.O. Box N-3746
Nassau, Bahamas

Phone: (242) 323-5578/5565
Fax: (242) 326-6186

USA/Washington, DC
Embassy of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
2220 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20008

Phone: (202) 319-2660/7
Fax: (202) 319-2668
E-mail: bahemb@aol.com

USA/Miami
Bahamas Consulate General
25 S.E. Second Avenue
Ingraham Bldg., Suite 600
Miami, FL 33131

Phone: (305) 373-6295
Fax: (305) 373-6312
E-mail: bcgmia@bellsouth.net

USA/New York
Bahamas Consulate General
Bahama House
231 East 46th Street
New York, NY 10017

Phone: (212) 688-5926
Fax: (212) 688-5926
E-mail: bahamasconsulate@bahamasny.com

Canada
Bahamas High Commission
Metropolitan Life Centre
50 O'Connor, Suite 1313
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1 6L2

Phone: (613) 232-1724
Fax: (613) 232-0097
E-mail: ottawa-mission@bahighco.com

United Kingdom
Bahamas High Commission
10 Chesterfield Street
London, W1J 5JL
England

Phone: (011) 44 207-408-4488
Fax: (011) 44 207-499-9937
E-mail: information@bahamashclondon.net

NOTE: Persons are advised to purchase return tickets (and seek reimbursement upon returning home for the unused ticket), even when they are certain to return via a private boat—the chance of an airline/cruise line ticket agent allowing travel on a single ticket is very slim. If, however, the person gets to the point of Bahamas Immigration on a single ticket, the Captain of the boat would have to present himself and the cruising permit. However, a copy of the cruising permit will be permitted for crew members, who may be arriving by plane and returning by boat as their names will appear on the manifest. A letter will not suffice.


Apply for a Visa

There are several Bahamas embassies and consulates around the world where you can apply for a Bahamas visa. Browse the Directory of The Bahamas Overseas Missions and Representatives and contact the office nearest you for information.

Additional Sites of Interest:

http://www.bahamas.gov.bs/

https://www.bahamas.com/

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