Customs and Immigration

Arriving By Boat

Visiting boaters must clear Customs and Immigration at the nearest designed Port of Entry. As you enter port, fly the yellow quarantine flag and notify Customs of your arrival. No one other than the captain is permitted to leave the boat, until your vessel has been cleared. Customs and Immigration will come to your vessel. Everyone on board must have proof of citizenship and fill out an immigration card. US citizens can present a passport or birth certificate. A driver’s license is not acceptable.

Before leaving the Bahamas, be sure to surrender your copy of the immigration card at the last Bahamian port you visit. If you have a firearm on board you must declare it with customs. You must provide the serial number, manufacturer, plus the exact count of ammunition. Though you are allowed to have a firearm on your boat, you cannot take it off the boat unless you obtain a permit from the Bahamian police ahead of time. Weapons must be under lock and key at all times. Any infraction of this law is dealt with severely.

Entry Fees

All boaters entering The Islands of The Bahamas are required to pay an entry fee. For more information, please call (800) 327-7678. If you plan to stay longer than 12 months, special arrangements must be made with Bahamas Custom and Immigration.

Regular hours for Bahamas Custom and Immigration Offices are 9am to 5pm weekdays. Officers are on call during holidays and weekends. There is no overtime charge.

Bringing Your Pet

An Important Permit is required for all animals being brought into The Island of The Bahamas. These are available in advance for a $10.00 fee for each animal. Write to The Director of Agriculture, Trade and Industry. P.O. Box N-3704, Nassau, Bahamas, Tel; (242) 325-7502. Dogs and Cats must be at least six months of age and have current proof of rabies vaccination and a health certificate.

Replacement Parts

Spare parts and replacement boat parts may be brought in duty free, as long as the boat they are intended for has a transpire. Equipment shipped in as cargo, will be subject to a six percent stamp duty based on the value of the parts.

Ports of Entry

  • Abaco: Government docks at Green Turtle Cay, Marsh Harbour, Sandy Point, Walkers Cay/Grand Cay, Spanish Cay, and the Treasure Cay marina.
  • Andros: Government docks at Congo Town, Fresh Creek, San Andros.
  • Berry Islands: Government docks at Great Harbour Cay and Great Harbour Cay Marina; Chub Cay Club Marina.
  • Bimini: Government docks at Brown’s Marina, Sea Crest Marina, Bimini Big Game Club, Bimini Blue Water Marina.
  • Cat Cay: Cat Cay Club Marina.
  • Eleuthera: Government docks at Governor’s Harbour; North Eleuthera/Harbour Island. Rock Sound, Spanish Wells.
  • Grand Bahama: Docks at Freeport Bell Channel Marina, Port Lucaya Marina Village, Freeport Harbour, Running Mon Marina, Xanadu Marina. Government dock at West End.
  • Inagua: Government dock at Matthew Town.
  • Long Island: Stella Maris Marina.
  • Mayaguana: Government dock at Abraham’s Bay.
  • New Providence/Nassau: Arawak Cay, Bayshore Marina, Brown’s Boat Basin, Clifton Pier, Coral Harbour Marina, East Bay Yacht Club, Hurricane Hole Marina, John Alfred Dock, Kelly’s Dock, Lyford Cay Marina, Nassau Harbour Dock West, Union Dock.
  • Ocean Cay: Ocean Cay Dock.
  • San Salvador: Government Dock, Cockburn Town.

Boating Flings

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism sponsors a series of escorted boat cruises to The Islands of The Bahamas annually, for the benefit of newcomers who want a buddy boat for the crossing. The cost is minimal and includes a send-off party and Bahamas Welcome Party. These Flings are usually during the months of June through August.

For more information on Fishing and Boating in The Islands of The Bahamas, contact Bahamas Sports and Aviation at: (800) 327-7678 or (954) 236-9292.