THE PERMANENT MISSION OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS TO THE UNITED NATIONS
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Important Visa Applicant Information
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
If you are neither a citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States choose the visa category that applies below:
There are no visa requirements for American and Canadian Citizens. However, they must possess a valid passport along with their tickets or cruise itinerary.
Permanent Residents of the United States and Canada do not require a visa to travel to The Bahamas. However, Please Note the following:
Most citizens of the British Commonwealth Countries must have a valid passport and return ticket. Nationals of the following British Commonwealth countries do require a visa to travel to The Bahamas:
Tourist Visa Frequently asked questions
For those individuals who will require a visa
Please note the new Visa Fees listed below.
I am traveling with a child who is not my own. Do I need a letter of permission from the child's parent?
While it is not a requirement for The Bahamas, it is advisable to have written consent from the child's parent (s). If the non- custodial parent is traveling with children it is also suggested that a letter of authorization for the children to travel be obtained.
How long is a Bahamian Visa valid?
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.
How much does a Bahamian Visa cost?
$100.00 Dollar Bills are not accepted
My child does not have his own passport. He/ She is listed on my passport. Do I have to pay an additional fee for his/her visa?
You will have to complete a separate visa application form for your child but there is no additional charge. The visa will be issued in the passport with an accompanying note that the child is traveling along with his parent.
As of January 2007 all U.S. citizens traveling by airline are required to have a valid passport to enter the Bahamas.
As of January 2008 all U.S. citizens traveling by cruise ship are required to have a valid passport to enter the Bahamas.
Proof of Citizenship Frequently asked questions- (US Citizens):
Is a birth registration form from the hospital acceptable?
Yes. It must be an original document that has a raised seal of the hospital affixed and must also provide the particulars on the parents. The birth registration should be presented with a photo I.D. Children who are under 16 years old are not required to have a photo ID.
Is the credit card type of birth certificate acceptable?
Yes. The birth certificate presented along with a photo I.D. Children who are under 16 years old are not required to have a photo I.D.
If the name on the birth certificate is different from that on the photo I.D., what should I do?
If there has been a change of name due to marriage, adoption or a legal change of name, a copy of the marriage or adoption certificate or deed poll must be presented to verify change of name. In the absence of a legal supporting document, a sworn affidavit by a parent or relative attesting to the change of name is required.
I have requested a copy of my birth certificate and the Department of Vital Statistics has no record of my birth, what can I do?
An affidavit of Birth must be drawn up and sworn before a Notary Public stating the names of the parents, the place and date of birth.
May I use my military I.D. or baptismal papers as proof of citizenship?
No. These documents so not indicate proof of citizenship and are no longer accepted by the Bahamas Immigration authorities. The Military I.D. can be used as photo identification with a birth certificate.
If my birth certificate is tattered and torn, what can be done so that I can travel?
A new birth certificate may be obtained or a photocopy of the tattered original may made. The photocopy of the document should be taken to a Notary Public in order to have the copy certified.
If my naturalization certificate is lost or stolen, what must I do to enter The Bahamas?
A document verifying citizenship must be presented. The individual must contact the United States Immigration and Naturalization Services to obtain such a document.
I was adopted from another country. What documents do I need to enter The Bahamas?
Naturalization certificate along with a photo ID are required to enter The Bahamas. Permanent Residents (green card holders) do not need a visa to enter The Bahamas but must travel with a valid green card along with a valid national passport.
My child was adopted from another country and has a valid green card but the national passport has expired?
The expired passport must be renewed or the US Immigration and Naturalization Services may be contacted to obtain a re- entry permit.
My child is adopted but the adoption is not finalized and I do not have a birth certificate yet?
The adoption papers must be presented to the United States Immigration Services to obtain a passport which is valid for one year.
I am a permanent resident of the United States, but the picture on my green card is of myself as a child and my photo ID is that of an adult. What do I do?
The United States Immigration and Naturalization Services must be contacted to determine of the green card is still valid. If the green card is still valid, the individual may travel along with a photo ID. If the green card is not valid, it must be updated.
INS stated that it would take 2 months to update the green card and I am traveling soon. What must I do?
Contact INS to request an authorization of parole or re- entry permit to facilitate entry into The Bahamas.
I am in the process of obtaining my green card. INS has approved the green card but I do not have the physical card in my possession. Can I still travel and do I need a visa?
If the INS has stamped a temporary resident permit indicating the validity date in the national passport no visa is required. However, a visa will be required if the individual is a national of a country that normally requires a visa to enter The Bahamas if the person has a valid advance parole document.
I am now ready to apply for a visa, what else do I need to accompany my application?
Once you are ready to submit an application for a Travel Visa to the Bahamas, the other Items necessary are listed under the " Visa Application Items." heading.
Can I apply by mail?
Yes. If applying by mail:
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