Bahamas Vacation Guide

Proper Travel Identification for the Bahamas


In an effort to assist you with travel preparations, we are providing the following summary of entry requirements for foreigners entering the Bahamas. You should always verify that these materials have not expired. The telephone number for Bahamas Immigration Department is (242) 322-7530. The mailing address is: P.O. Box N-831, Nassau, Bahamas.

In general all nationalities should double check for their respective reentry requirements and strictly adhere to country requirements. What is required to enter The Bahamas may vary greatly than what is required to reenter the country of origin. When traveling through foreign countries to reach the Bahamas, especially where stays occur, it would be wise to consult those governments for their requirements. Generally a passport is required.

When proof of citizenship, such as a properly certified birth certificate, varies from the individuals current name as appears on photo ID, proper documentation should be carried to verify the difference. For instance, in the case of woman carrying a birth certificate bearing her maiden name, a certified copy of the marriage license should accompany the individual and verify the name appearing on the photo ID.

Many countries require compliance with regulations to divert child abduction. It is generally required that any child traveling with you without one of the parents as listed upon the birth certificate have available a certified letter from the absent parent granting permission for the child to travel with you. There are other substitutions that may suffice for which you should inquire of your country governmental agencies.

NOTE: To all US Citizens: Effective December 31, 2006, the U.S. Government will require passports for all air and sea travel to or from Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Bermuda and The Bahamas. For more information, visit

Parental permission of a minor to travel without a parent or pageants into The Bahamas is also required. This should be certified and signed by the absent parent(s). If the parent is deceased a certified death certificate may be necessary.

Citizens of Countries where passports but not visas are required:

San Marino
South Korea

Citizens of Countries where passports but not visas are required when stay is less than 3 months (for longer stays visas are required):

The Federal Republic of Germany
The Republic of Ireland

Citizens of Countries where passports but not visas are required when stays are 14 days or less (for longer stays visas are required):

Costa Rica
South Africa
Republic of Honduras
El Salvador

Citizens of Countries who require both passports and visas to enter the Bahamas for any purpose:

Dominican Republic (unless in transit)
North Korea
all Communist Countries

If you do not see your country listed, you are urged to call Bahamas Immigrations well in advance of your travel dates.


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