Entering the Bahamas is rather simple for most foreigners. You still need to follow all regulations and laws in order to abide by the country’s rules and regulations. Below are the four legal ways to enter the Bahamas.

Passport Requirements:

The Bahamas requests American tourists show proof a passport and form of photo identification. The same principle applies returning to the United States. If returning to the U.S. by air, all persons traveling must carry a valid passport. If you return to the U.S. by sea, you may use a passport card instead (which is smaller and less, but are not valid for air travel).

Tourist Visa:

U.S. citizens do not need a visa for visiting the Bahamas, relative to their stay being less than 90 days. Canadian citizens may stay for 30 days without a visa. Citizens of other nations must check with the Bahamian Embassy in advancement of travel; with length of stay varying.

Permit to Reside:

If you want to stay in the Bahamas long-term, you might be eligible for a permit to reside.

You have to submit an application form with the following:

  1. Two character references.

       2. A five-year police record.

       3. A medical certificate.

       4. A bank statement showing sufficient funds.

        5. Proof of current marital status to the Department of Immigration.

The approved length of residency can vary, but permits are generally renewable. To learn more about requirements to visit the Bahamas, contact your travel agency or rental office to further discuss your options.