Visiting boaters must clear customs and immigration in Alice
Town or nearby Cat Cay. As you enter port, fly the yellow
quarantine flag. Once docked, the captain is permitted to leave the
boat in order to clear the boat and crew with local customs and
immigration. All crew are required to remain onboard until the
captain returns with vessel clearance. All visitors entering The
Bahamas must make a customs declaration upon arrival. Adult
visitors are allowed to bring in 50 cigars, 200 cigarettes or one
pound of tobacco, one quart of spirits and personal effects.
Specifically, Bahamas Customs requires the following:
Everyone on board must have proof of citizenship and fill out an
immigration card. U.S. citizens can present a passport or birth
certificate (original or certified copy) along with an official
photo I.D., such as a driver's license or voter's card. Before
leaving, be sure to surrender your copy of the immigration card.
Specifically, Bahamas Immigration requires the following:
During holidays, special events and other high-demand periods,
Bimini Bay Resort can arrange for Customs & Immigrations
Officials to process entry on-site at Bimini Bay Marina. A list of
standard holidays is below. Please contact the Dockmaster by phone,
242-347-6031 or by radio on VHF 16 or 68 prior to arrival to
confirm the appropriate Customs & Immigration processing
The current fee is $150 for boats up to 29' 11" in length and $300
for boats over 30 feet. This covers a vessel with four persons or
fewer. The fee covers the cruising permit, fishing permit, Customs
and Immigration charges and the $15 per person departure tax for up
to four persons. The clearance fee entitles the vessel to two
entries during a 90-day period.
Each additional person above four is charged a $15.00 departure
tax (this tax is $18.00 for each additional person above four
departing Freeport, Grand Bahama Island). If you plan to stay
longer than 12 months, special arrangements must be made with
Bahamas Customs and Immigration.
Regular hours for Bahamas Customs and Immigration Officers are
weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for Winter months and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
for Summer months. Officers are on-call during holidays and
weekends. There is no overtime charge.
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