Visiting boaters to the Bahamas must observe the following rules on arrival: 

  • Must clear Customs and Immigration at the nearest designated Port of Entry.
  • As you enter port, fly the yellow quarantine flag and notify Customs of your arrival.
    • Customs and Immigration will come to your vessel.
  • No one other than the captain is permitted to leave the boat until your vessel has been cleared.
  • 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) and an official photo ID, such as a driver’s license or voter registration card.
  • You must declare all onboard firearms with Customs.
    • You must provide the firearm serial number and manufacturer, plus an exact count of ammunition.
    • Though you are allowed to have a firearm on your vessel, you cannot take it off the vessel unless you obtain a permit from the Bahamian police ahead of time.
    • Weapons must be under lock and key at all times. Any infraction of this law is dealt with severely.

Bahamas Entry Fees for Boats

Entry fees apply to vessels with four persons or less. The fee covers a cruising permit, a fishing permit, Customs and Immigration charges, and the $15.00 per person departure tax for up to four persons. Each additional person above four will be charged a $15.00 departure tax. 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 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Officers are on-call during holidays and weekends. There is no overtime charge.

Vessels up to 35 feet: $150.00*
Valid for two entries during a 90-day period.

Vessels over 35 feet: $300.00*
Valid for two entries during a 90-day period.


Ports of Entry

Travelers coming into the islands can enter through any of the following ports, listed by island or island group within The Bahamas.

Nassau/New Providence

  • Any Marina

Grand Bahama

  • Freeport Harbour
  • Lucayan Marina Village
  • Port Lucaya
  • Old Bahama Bay at West End

 The Abacos

  • Green Turtle Cay
  • Marsh Harbour
  • Spanish Cay
  • Sandy Point
  • Grand Cay
  • Treasure Cay
  • Walker’s Cay

The Berrys

  • Chub Cay
  • Great Harbour Cay

Andros Island

  • Congo Town
  • Fresh Creek
  • Mangrove Cay
  • Morgan’s Bluff
  • San Andros


  • Alice Town
  • Cat Cay
  • Hawks Nest Marina
  • Brown’s Marina
  • Sea Crest Marina
  • Bimini Blue Water Marina

Eleuthera Island

  • Governor’s Harbour

Harbour Island/North Eleuthera

  • Rock Sound
  • Spanish Wells

The Exumas

  • George Town

Long Island

  • Stella Maris



Replacement Parts

Spare parts and replacement boat parts may be bought in duty free, as long as the boat they are intended for has a transire. Equipment shipped in as cargo, will be subject to a six percent stamp duty based on the value of the parts.

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