Everyone entering The Bahamas requires a valid passport. Be sure your passport hasn’t expired 6 months before your trip to avoid any last-minute surprises! Read on for more information about obtaining a passport and entering The Bahamas.
If you are departing or returning to the U.S. by air from any international destination, a passport is required by all travelers regardless of age.
Canadians must present a passport to visit The Bahamas, which must be valid for at least three months beyond the date of expected departure from that country. Permanent residents of Canada must travel with their Permanent Resident Card and a valid passport from their country of origin.
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.
Getting A Passport
U.S. passports can be obtained by applying at designated Passport Acceptance Facilities, click here to find one near you. Canadian travelers can find more information on the Government of Canada’s Travel website.
Generally, it takes 6-8 weeks to obtain a passport, although there may be delays during busy periods. Expedited passport can be obtained in about three weeks for an additional fee. If you have special circumstances, a passport can be obtained in as quickly as 24 hours; however, authorization is required and extra fees apply.
In order to receive a passport, you’ll need a birth certificate. You can obtain a birth certificate from the vital statistics office of the state or province in which you were born.
Lost or Stolen Passports
If your passport goes missing during your travels, you should immediately report it stolen to the local law enforcement authorities and then contact the U.S. Dept of State Lost or Stolen Passport Unit website or call them at (202) 955-0430.
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