Entry Requirements


Not all visitors require a visa to visit The Bahamas, and the length of time you may remain differs depending on what country you are a resident and citizen of. Be sure to check what documentation you will need to ensure entry into The Bahamas. To find out more information Click Here.


Upon entry into The Bahamas you will be given an immigration card to fill out. The immigration officer will pull the card at the point of entry, leaving you with the stub. Return the card stub to the ticket agent at the end of your visit. A $15.00 Departure Tax is collected from all persons 6 years or older, departing for a port outside The Bahamas. 

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Currency & Credit Cards


The local currency is Bahamian (BSD), however U.S. currency is also accepted. The Bahamian dollar is on par with the U.S. dollar and most hotels, shops, and restaurants will accept major credit cards. Use our Real Time Currency Calculator to check exchange rates.


For international ATM transactions, the following banks are available:


Scotiabank ATMs accept Mastercard, Visa, and Plus or Cirrus bank cards. Locations include Paradise Island, Downtown Bay Street, the Welcome Centre at Prince George Dock, Cable Beach, the casino at The Atlantis Resort, and Rubis fuel service stations.


Royal Bank of Canada ATMs accept Mastercard, Visa, and Plus, Cirrus or Maestro bank cards. Locations include The Lyford Cay Club, Paradise Island, The Mall at Marathon, Solomon's Super Centre, and Esso fuel service stations.


First Caribbean ATMs accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and Plus or Cirrus bank cards. Locations include the Harbour Bay Shopping Centre, Downtown Bay Street, Shirley Street, The Mall at Marathon, Palmdale, and Sandyport.


Additional Info:

The Cirrus (tel. 800/424-7787; and PLUS ( networks are worldwide. Look at the back of your bank card to see which network you're on and then call or check online for ATM locations at your destination. Know your personal identification number (PIN) and your daily withdrawal limit. Ask your card carrier if your current PIN works in The Bahamas, some bank cards need a four-digit PIN rather than a six-digit PIN to withdraw cash abroad.

Many banks impose a fee every time a card is used at a different bank's ATM, and that fee can be higher for international transactions (up to $5 or more) than for domestic ones. On top of this, the bank from which you withdraw cash may charge its own fee. To compare bank ATM fees within the U.S. visit For international withdrawal fees, ask your bank. You can also get cash advances on your credit card at an ATM. Credit card companies try to protect themselves from theft by limiting the funds you can withdraw outside your home country, so notify your credit card company that you will be travelling abroad. There are fewer ATMs on Grand Bahama Island (Freeport/Lucaya) and other Out Islands, so make arrangements to secure cash if you are visiting these adjoining destinations.

Medical Care & Emergency Numbers


Government Operated Facilities:

Princess Margaret Hospital, located on Shirley Street, is our main government owned facility and open 24 hours. There are additional government operated clinics throughout New Providence, including the South Beach Health Centre and the Elizabeth Estate Clinic. These government clinics are open Monday - Friday, 9am-5pm, and are closed on public holidays.


Privately Operated Facilities:

Doctor's Hospital, also located Shirley Street, is a premier privately owned and operated 24 hour facility. The Lyford Cay Hospital/ Bahamas Heart Institute houses a hyperbaric chamber and is located on the western end of New Providence. Additional private clinics include The Walk-In Medical Clinics. 


In the case of an emergency, a patient may be transferred to a medical facility in Florida, United States. Obtaining adequate medical and travel insurance is recommended before travelling abroad. 


Emergency Phone Contacts:


Police or Fire 911 or 919


EMS (Local Ambulance) 1(242)323-2597 or 919

DHHS (Local Ambulance) 1(242)302-4747

Med-Evac (Local Ambulance) 1(242)322-2881

Bahamas Air Sea & Rescue Association (BASRA) 1(242)325-8864/ Website

The Crisis Centre 1(242)328-0922/ Website 


Air Ambulance Services:

Performance Air Limited (Local) - 1(242)362-1608/ Website 

Air Ambulance Professionals - Florida 1(954)730-9300/ Miami 1(305)400-0305/ Toll Free 1(800)752-4195/ Website

MASA Assist Prepaid Medical Assistance - Worldwide Toll Free 1(800)643-9023/ Florida 1(863)853-2249/ Nassau 1(242)393-5048/ Website

National Air Ambulance - 1(800)327-3710/ 1(954)359-9400 *From Fort Lauderdale

U.S. Air Ambulance - 1(800)948-1215/ 1(941)536-2000 *From Florida


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