Entry Requirements

Entry requirements differ depending on what country you are a resident and citizen of. Find out the necessary documentation you will need to ensure a smooth entry into our country.

U.S. Citizen

The following information is from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's website pertaining to entry into the United States.

Entry Requirements for Air Travelers to the United States

Effective Oct. 1, 2007, U.S. citizens traveling by air to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda must present a passport or other WHTI-compliant documentation to enter or depart from the United States. It is always strongly recommended that U.S. citizens verify the specific documentary requirements for their destination country.

Entry Requirements for Land and Sea Travelers to the United States

Land and Sea Travel

The following summarizes entry and exit information available on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s website.

Currently:

U.S. citizens need to present either (a) a passport, passport card or WHTI-compliant document; or (b) a government-issued photo ID (such as a driver’s license) along with proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate.

In the future:

On June 1, 2009, the U.S. government will implement the full requirements of the land and sea phase of WHTI. The proposed rules require most U.S. citizens entering the United States by sea or ports of entry to have a passport, passport card or WHTI-compliant document. For more information about U.S. travel requirements, please visit their website.

www.travel.state.gov/travel

U.S. Resident (non-citizen)

To enter The Bahamas, U.S. residents who are not citizens need the following documentation:

For visits NOT exceeding 30 days:

An original Alien Registration Card (Green 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 U.S. resident non-citizens wishing to stay longer than 30 days.

Canadian Citizen

To enter The Bahamas, Canadian citizens need one of the three documents listed below, accompanied by a return or onward journey ticket and proof of funds to support the visit. Visits are not to exceed 21 days.

1) A Passport

A current passport is required for Canadian citizens traveling through the United States on their way to The Bahamas.

OR

2) An Official Birth Certificate

For persons 17 years of age and older:

An original certificate issued by the Canadian government or court-certified copy (raised or ink seal) is required, accompanied by an official photo ID issued by the Canadian government (driver’s license or voter's card). Current and expired IDs are accepted. Student photo ID alone is not acceptable as adequate documentation.

For persons 16 years of age and younger:

A birth certificate is all that is required. If the traveler is a student and possesses a student ID, the traveler should also carry the student ID to facilitate being processed by Bahamas Immigration.

For persons 16 years of age and younger, traveling alone:

A notarized parental letter of consent is required. In the case of organized group travel, a letter is not necessary. It is assumed that the chaperon has obtained prior permission.

NOTE: A laminated credit card-sized birth certificate is acceptable, as long as it is an original or certified copy (raised or ink seal).

OR

3) An Original Naturalization/Citizenship Certificate

An original certificate is required. A recent photo must accompany it if the photo on naturalization paper is not up-to-date.

Please Note: A married woman whose birth certificate does not match her government issued identification should also bring along her marriage license.

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

Other Countries

To enter The Bahamas, citizens from countries other than the U.S. 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, 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 U.S. 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 for your country of origin, visit The Bahamas Ministry of Foreign Affairs website at www.mfabahamas.org.

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. Information can be found on the following sites: www.bahamas.gov.bs , www.bahamasturismo.com , www.bahamasturismo.com.br , www.cdc.gov/travel .

Customs & 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:

Departures to the U.S. must go through U.S. Customs and Border Protection pre-clearance. U.S. visitors may take home $800 worth of duty-free merchandise. The next $1,000 is taxed at 10%. Gifts valued up to $50 may be mailed home duty-free. One litre of wine, liqueur or liquor and five cartons of cigarettes may be taken duty-free.

Boats:

If entering The Bahamas by boat, there is a flat fee to clear Customs and Immigration, which is $150.00 for boats 35 feet and under and $300.00 for boats 36 feet and over. This covers a vessel with four persons or less. Also included is a cruising permit, a fishing permit, Customs and Immigration charges and the $15.00 Departure Tax for up to four persons. Each additional person above four will be charged $15.00 Departure Tax. If you plan to stay longer than 12 months, special arrangement must be made with Bahamas Customs and Immigration.

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