Upon arrival, you’ll clear Bahamas Immigration, pick up your luggage and clear customs at the check-in station located inside the customs cottage. The process will only take a few minutes. In the meantime, your aircraft can be stored for the duration of your trip by using the guidelines listed below.
Upon arrival to the marina, you must clear your vessel and crew with Bahamas Customs & Immigration, which is located a short stroll from the marina on the island.
Visiting boaters must clear customs and immigration. 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 on-board until the captain returns with vessel clearance.
To Enter The Islands Of The Bahamas, Private Vessels Need The Following:
The Following Fees Will Be Applied To Boats Staying In The Bahamas For Up To 3 Months:
Boats up to 34 feet: $150 (no change)
Boats 35-99 feet: $300 (no change)
Boats 100-149 feet: $500
Boats 150-200 feet: $800
Boats over 200 feet: $1,000
The fees cover both a cruising permit and fishing permit, as well as the departure tax for up to three people. Each additional person will be charged a $20 departure tax. The fee is good for a second re-entry within a 90-day period.
For Stays Longer Than 3 Months:
Boats up to 34 feet: $300 annually
Boats 35-99 feet: $600 annually
Boats 100-149 feet: $1,000 annually
Boats 150–200 feet: $1,600 annually
Boats over 200 feet: $2,000 annually
For a stay longer than 12 months, special arrangements must be made with Bahamas Customs and Immigration.
Please note that Attendance Fees, Fishing Permit, Transportation and Overtime fees are all included in the price of the cruising permit. The only additional fees would be for additional departure tax if there are more than 3 persons at a cost of $20 per additional person.
It is illegal to tip government employees. Boaters are asked to report if they are ever asked for these types of payments to the local marina manger or dockmaster.
CRUISING AND FISHING PERMITS
You receive a Cruising Permit upon clearance and payment of entry fees. Upon issuance of your Cruising Permit you will also receive a Fishing Permit. Fishing gear is restricted to hook and line and you’re allowed to fish with no more than six rods at a time per boat. Cruising or fishing without the proper permits or in violation of bag limits can result in severe penalties. This includes stopping to fish or dive in the waters off Walker's Cay prior to clearing.