Bahamas Visa Information
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Who requires a visa?
Citizens of the following Countries require a Visa to enter the Bahamas:
Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Belarus, Benin, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Comoros, Congo, Cote D’ivoire, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea-North, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Macau (Chinese Overseas Territory), Madagascar, Mauritania, Micronesia, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Palestine, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Taiwan (Territory Of The People’s Republic of China), Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen, Zaire.
All U.S. citizens are required to present a valid U.S. passport in order 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. It is important to note that although the Bahamian government only requires proof of citizenship and identity in order to enter The Bahamas, the U.S. government requires that Americans have a valid passport in order to fly home.
Americans may enter the Unites States from The Bahamas by sea using a passport, passport card, or other Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) compliant document. Travelers arriving via private watercraft are charged docking fees.
U.S. citizens planning on an extended stay should be prepared to present proof or evidence of financial solvency upon entry to The Bahamas.
To enter The Bahamas, Canadian citizens must have a valid passport or Birth Certificate and Photo ID. No visa is required. The visit period is (3) three months.
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.
Time required to issue visa:
Dependent on nationality of applicant
- A minimum of 48 hours, maximum of six weeks.
- Applications made by post and from some nationals may take longer to process.
- Referrals up to six (6) weeks
- Same day issuance is considered only in exceptional cases
Note: If applying by mail: Payment for return postage by either post office next day service, express mail or federal express, etc. Must be submitted.
- 1 completed application form. (Completed Application Form Must be signed by applicant).
- Valid Passport (passports must not expire within six months of application).
- Valid United States Multiple Entry Visa or Proper Documentation to enter a third country.
- One Passport photo taken within the last year of frontal view (black and white or color).
- Visa fee
- Proof of travel plans (original and copy). i.e. return ticket, cruise voucher or travel itinerary.
Note: $100.00 Dollar Bills are not accepted
How long is the visa valid for?
Bahamian single entry visas are valid for a period of 3 months.
Bahamian multiple entry visas are issued for a period of six months or one year.
Applications for extension should be made to the Director of Immigration.
Most visitors to The Bahamas do not need special vaccinations before entering the country. However, travelers over one year of age must provide a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate if they are coming from the following countries: Angola, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Colombia, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, French Guiana, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Peru and Sudan. Travellers are required to be vaccinated 10 days prior to entering the islands of The Bahamas.
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.
When leaving the Bahamas residents and visitors alike must pay a departure Tax of $15.
Departures to the US must go through US Customs pre-clearance.
Embassy contact information:
Please contact the nearest Bahamas Embassy for information on what documentation you may require to enter Bahamas.
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Source & Copyright: The source of the above visa and immigration information and copyright owner/s is the:
- The Commonwealth of the Bahamas, Ministry of Foreign Affairs - URL: www.mfabahamas.org
- The Government of the Bahamas - URL: www.bahamas.gov.bs
The viewer/user of this web page should use the above information as a guideline only, and should always contact the above sources or the user's own government representatives for the most up-to-date information at that moment in time, before making a final decision to travel to that country or destination.