Before You Go to the Bahamas

Before you book your Bahamas visit, there are several things you'll need to consider and make sure you have readily on hand:

Travel Documents:

To enter the Bahamas you’ll need two things: A passport and a return or onward-bound ticket. A visa is not required for entry into the Bahamas. US immigration officials will want to see proof of US citizenship on your return. See the State Department website for details at

Canadian and British citizens visiting for three weeks or less may enter by showing the same documents as required for US citizens. Citizens of British Commonwealth countries do not need visas.


Dutiable items, such as furniture, china and linens, must be declared. Each adult may bring in duty-free 200 cigarettes, or 50 cigars or one pound of tobacco and one quart of alcohol.

US residents, including children, may take home duty-free purchases valued up to $800, and up to 67 ounces of alcohol per person over the age of 21. Canadian citizens may take home up to $200 in purchases, including up to 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars, two lbs of tobacco and 40 oz of alcohol. Residents of Great Britain may take home up to £32 in duty-free purchases and each adult visitor is allowed 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or one pound of tobacco and a liter of alcohol without paying duty.

Departure Taxes:

A government departure tax of $18 is included in the cost of most airline tickets, but don't be surprised if you are asked for it when you leave. Children under six are exempt. There is an additional $10 security fee for international passengers departing from Freeport, Grand Bahama.

Disabled Travelers:

If you’re disabled, or traveling with someone who is disabled, make all your arrangements well in advance. Be sure that you let everyone involved know the nature of the disability so that accommodations and facilities can be arranged to meet your needs. On the whole, you’ll find most hotels, tour operators, and other facilities are well equipped to handle the needs of disabled visitors.

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Getting There:

For visitors arriving by air, the Bahamas are served through Nassau by most US airlines and by international airlines from Canada and Europe, and to a slightly more limited degree through Freeport.

The Out Islands are served mainly by Bahamas Air via connections in Nassau and Freeport.

The Bahamas is also a major destination for the cruise ship industry

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