To enter The Bahamas through the U.S. Canadian citizens need a valid passport accompanied by a return or onward journey ticket and proof of funds to support the visit not exceeding 21 days.
If traveling directly to and from The Bahamas without stopping in the U.S., the following documents are required:
- Proof of citizenship (such as an official birth certificate)
- Valid official photo identification (such as a drivers license)
However, it is highly recommended that you carry a valid Canadian passport. Canadian citizens returning to Canada who present other documents, such as a Certificate of Canadian Citizenship, birth certificate, provincial driver’s licence, or foreign passport, instead of a Canadian passport, may face delays or be denied boarding by transport companies.
For persons 17 years of age and older:
An original birth certificate issued by the Canadian government or court-certified copy (raised or ink seal) is required, accompanied by an official photo ID issued by the Canadian government (driver’s license or voter’s card). Current and expired IDs are accepted. Student photo ID alone is not acceptable as adequate documentation.
For persons 16 years of age and younger:
A birth certificate is all that is required. If the traveler is a student and possesses a student ID, the traveler should also carry the student ID to facilitate being processed by Bahamas Immigration.
For persons 16 years of age and younger, traveling alone:
A notarized parental letter of consent is required. In the case of organized group travel, a letter is not necessary. It is assumed that the chaperon has obtained prior permission.
NOTE: A laminated credit card-sized birth certificate is acceptable, as long as it is an original or certified copy (raised or ink seal).
NOTE: A married woman whose birth certificate does not match her government issued identification should also bring along her marriage license.
Canadians planning to remain in The Bahamas for a period of more than 21 days are required to have a valid Canadian passport. While in The Bahamas, they must apply for an extension of visit with The Bahamas Immigration Department.
NON-U.S. CITIZEN (CURRENTLY RESIDING IN THE U.S.):
To enter The Bahamas, non-U.S. citizens need the following documentation:
For visits NOT exceeding 30 days:
An Alien Registration Card (Green Card) and a Valid National Passport from their country of birth are required.
For visits exceeding 30 days:
A Valid National Passport and a Bahamas Visa are required.
Citizens from countries other than the U.S. or Canada
To enter The Bahamas directly or through the U.S., citizens from countries other than the U.S. and Canada are required to present a valid passport which must be current up to your travel period and some countries are also required to have a Bahamas visa. If you are departing The Bahamas for a country that has the passport validity requirement of six (6) months beyond the dates of travel, then that requirement will be enforced. You must also have a return, or onward journey ticket, and proof of funds to support your visit.
Yellow Fever vaccination requirements and recommendations:
Most visitors to The Bahamas do not need special vaccinations before entering the country. However, travelers over the age of 1 year must provide a YELLOW FEVER VACCINATION CERTIFICATE, if arriving after leaving or transiting the following countries and must be vaccinated 10 days before entering The Bahamas:
Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Venezuela.
Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Rep., Chad, Congo, Congo (Dem, Rep.) Cote d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Eithopia, French Guiana, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda.
More information regarding Vaccination Requirements can be found on the following sites: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/the-bahamas or the World Health Organization.