Customs & Immigration

Bahamas Customs & Immigration

Clearing a private vessel entering the Bahamas is quite simple.  The on-site Customs & Immigration office at Old Bahama Bay is open 9 am - 5 pm year round, but extended hours can be arranged with prior notice. 

Bahamas Customs requires the following:

  • Vessel's Registration
  • Completion of the Maritime Declaration Form
  • Completion of the Inward Report Form

Bahamas Immigration requires the following:

  • Completion of Inward Passenger & Crew Manifest form
  • Completion of an Immigration Card for each person arriving on the vessel. (download Immigration Form)

PERMITS & FEES - $150 per vessel 30’ and under; $300 per vessel 31’ and above includes clearance, cruising permit and fishing fee for up to three people; $25 per additional person. Fees are valid for two entries within a 90-day period. Customs and Immigration accept CASH ONLY. Rates are subject to change. 

All visitors entering The Bahamas must make a customs declaration upon arrival (download Customs Form). Adult visitors are allowed to bring in 50 cigars, 200 cigarettes or one pound of tobacco, one quart of spirits and personal effects.

Entry as a tourist requires proof of citizenship for residents of North America and most nations. Note: A driver's license is not proof of citizenship. All US citizens are required to have a valid US Passport to travel to and from The Bahamas. Call the Bahamas Tourist Office at 1-800-BAHAMAS or CLICK HERE for more information.