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Getting to the Bahamas


As taken from www.bahamas.com

If you are skeptical about the accessibility of the Bahamas then wonder no more. The Bahamas is easily accessible by air or sea.

By Air

There are approximately 57 airports throughout the Bahamas including three International airports (Nassau/Paradise Island, Grand Bahama Island and The Exumas); 24 of these airports are official ports of entry to The Islands of the Bahamas.

By Sea

There are countless government and private marinas throughout the Bahamas; 29 of the marinas are official ports of entry to the Islands of The Bahamas.

Airline

A number of scheduled and charter carriers serve passengers flying into and around the Islands of The Bahamas. Frequent flights are available to Nassau, Freeport and cities throughout The Out Islands. The code for Nassau International Airport (Lynden Pindling Airport) is NAS. Go to www.bahamas.com for a complete list of all codes for the Islands of the Bahamas.

Airport Security Information

All airports in the Bahamas follow and meet strict international security standards. All passengers are subject to these regulations.

Security Checkpoints- Departing passengers entering secure areas will be inspected, along with checked and carry on bags. Restrictions on carry on bags vary according to security alert level at time of travel, but it is generally advisable to pack everything in your checked bags except those items you must have for the flight, along with keys jewelry and important documents. Be prepared to remove jackets, coats, belts and shoes,
take laptop computer out of its case, place keys, cell phones and other electronic devices in inspection tray and remove resealable  bag of lotions and medication for inspection. If you wish to lock your bags, you may do so after clearing all inspection points.

Liquid Items Permitted Onboard Aircraft- Travelers may now carry onboard travel size toiletries (no salve, gloss or gel), 3 ounces or less. Items should be placed in a clear plastic, resealable bag not exceeding 8 in x 8 in (20 cm x 20 cm). Items must fit comfortably in a single quart-size clear plastic, zip-top bag when closed. Larger quantities must be placed in checked baggage. If you are required to take medication, you may carry only the amount you need for the flight in you carry on bag. It should be in original packaging, along with the prescription. Travelers may also bring certain previously banned items onboard the aircraft, including beverages purchased in the secure boarding area.

Prohibited Items- These items include guns, knives, explosives, lighters, compressed gas cylinders, flammable liquids such as paint thinner, turpentine or chlorine and other potentially dangerous household goods, including spray paint that could explode under pressure. Restricted items are subject to change.


Charter Air – The following airlines provide charter service to the Bahamas: Abaco Air, Air Charter Bahamas, Air Flight Inc., Airstream Ltd, Bimini Island Air Charter, Canjet Airlines, Caribbean Aviation, Cherokee Air, Cherokee Air, Driving Safaris Ltd, Eurofly, Florida Coastal Airlines, Four Way Charter, Hooters Air, Island Express, Island Helicopters Ltd, Leair Charter Ltd, Over Under Aviation, Professional Air Charter, Regional Air, Riding Rock Charter Service, Sapphire Aviation, Sky King (TCI), Sky Unlimited Ltd, Small Hope Bay Charter, Southern Air Charter Co, Spirit Airlines, Stella Maris Resort Air Service, Take Flight Air Charters Ltd, The Travel Club, Tropical Diversions Yacht Charter, USA 3000 Airlines, Watermakers Air and Yellow Air Taxi.

Scheduled Air- The following airlines provide scheduled air service to the Bahamas: Air Canada, Air Jamaica, American Airlines, American Eagle (AE), Bahamasair; Nassau, Bimini Island Air, British Airways, Cat Island Air, Continental Airlines, Cubana Airlines, Delta Airlines, Gulfstream International Airlines (Continental Connection), Island Express, Jet Blue, Lynx Air International, Regional Air, Song (Delta Connection), Southern Air, Spirit Airlines, Twin Air, United Airlines, US Airways, Vintage Props & Jets, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Western Air and WestJet Airlines.

Cruise Lines- The following cruise lines visit the Bahamas: Carnival Celebration, Carnival Elation, Carnival Fascination, Carnival Glory, Carnival Legend, Carnival Liberty, Carnival Sensation, Carnival Valor, Celebrity Century, Costa Fortuna, Costa Mediterranean, Disney Wonder, Explorer of The Seas, Jewel of The Seas, MS Aida Aura,
Navigator of the Seas, Norwegian Dawn, Norwegian Jewel, Norwegian Spirit, Radiance of the Seas, Regal Empress, Sovereign of the Seas, and Voyager of the Seas.


Private Boat – When arriving in port, boaters should observe the following:
- Visiting boaters must clear Customs and Immigration at the nearest designated Port of entry.
- As you enter port, fly the yellow quarantine flag and notify customs of your arrival. Customs and Immigration will come to your vessel.
- No one other than the captain is permitted o leave the boat until your vessel has been cleared.
- Everyone on board must have proof of citizenship and fill out an immigration card. US citizens can present a passport or birth certificate (original or certified copy) and an official photo ID, such as a driver’s license or voter registration card.
- You must declare all onboard firearms with Customs. You must provide the firearm serial number and manufacturer, plus an exact count of ammunition. Though you are allowed to have a firearm on your vessel, you cannot take it off the vessel unless you obtain a permit from the Bahamian police ahead of time. Weapons must be under lock and key at all times. Any infraction of this law is dealt with severely.

Entry fees –Vessels up to 35 feet: $150.00.This is valid for two entries during a 90 day period.
Vessels over 35 feet: $300.00. This is valid for two entries during a 90 day period.

Private Plane- The Islands of the Bahamas invite exploration from the air as well as the sea. Skies are gorgeous and clear with the weather being ‘severe clear’ nearly every day of the year. Puffy cumulus clouds generally dot the island skies at around 2,500 feet in the morning, if at all, rising to 7,500 feet in the afternoon. High ceilings and excellent visibility are the norm. It is advisable to check with the airport for availability and prices.



Entry Requirements U.S. Citizen

From the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Website;

September 4th, 2007- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is reminding air carriers and the traveling public that the temporary Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) accommodation allowing U.S. Citizens to travel by air within the Western Hemisphere using a Department of State (DOS) official proof of passport application receipt will end as scheduled at midnight on September 30, 2007. U.S. citizens who depart the country under this travel accommodation prior to Oct 1 with a Department of state official proof of passport application receipt and government- issued identification will be readmitted with these same documents if returning to the United States after Sept 30, 2007.

As a reminder, through Sept 30, 2007, U.S. citizens traveling to Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, or Bermuda who have applied for, but not yet received, passports could temporarily enter and depart from the United States by air with a government issued photo identification and DOS official proof of application for a passport.

Effective October 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 documentation for their destination country.

DHS and DOS announced a temporary WHTI accommodation for air travel in June. The federal government made this accommodation due to longer than expected processing times for passport applications in the face of record breaking demand.
WHTI was mandated by Congress in the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, and addresses core 9/11 Commission findings for secure and reliable identification documents. It requires all travelers to and from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda to present a passport or other approved document that establishes the bearer’s identity and nationality in order to enter or re-enter the United States. For more information about WHTI approved travel documents, please visit the DHS website at www.dhs.gov . For information on obtaining a U.S. Passport please go to www.travel.state.gov .

U.S. Resident (non citizen)

To enter the Bahamas, U.S. Residents who are not U.S. 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). Pass can be expired up to five years.

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. Stays should not exceed 21 days.

Note:
* A married woman whose birth certificate does not match her government issued identification should bring along her marriage license.
* If you are using an electronic ticket, pleas show immigration a copy of your travel itinerary and ticket number.

Passport

Current or expired (up to a maximum of five years since expiration date).

OR

Official Birth Certificate

For persons 17 years of age or 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 or 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

Original Naturalization/ Citizen Certificate
An original certificate is required, accompanied by a recent photo if photo on naturalization paper is not recent.

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 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.

Canadian Resident (Non Citizen)

To enter the Bahamas, Canadian residents (and landed Canadian immigrants) who are not Canadian citizens require 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:
A valid national passport and a Bahamas Visa are required for Canadian resident non-citizens wishing to stay longer than 30 days.
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, he 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

Issued February 23, 2001

To enter The Bahamas, citizens from countries other than the U.S. and Canada require a Passport that must be valid for six (6) months beyond the date of travel and /or a valid Bahamas Visa. You must also possess a return or onward journey ticket and proof of funds to support the visit. If you wish to view entry requirements for your country of birth please go to www.bahamas.com .

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.

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). Purchases up to a value of one hundred dollars are permitted by all arriving passengers.

Departure:

Departure to the U.S. must go through U.S. Customs pre-clearance. U.S. visitors may take home $800 worth of duty free merchandise. The next $1000 is taxed at 10%. Gifts valued up to $50 may be mailed home duty free. One liter 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 ft and over. This will cover a vessel with four persons or less. Also included is the cruising permit, 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 arrangements must be made with Bahamas Customs and Immigration.    





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