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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Visas

I am a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada – Do I need a visa?

Persons holding a valid Canadian passport or permanent resident card DO NOT require a visa to enter The Bahamas.  Passports, must be valid for at least 3 months from the date of return if travelling direct from Canada, and 6 months if transiting through the United States. Permanent Resident cards should be valid for at least one week after date of return to ensure sufficient time to return in the case of flight delay or emergency.

I have a Canadian work or study permit/Canadian multiple entry visa/US visa - Do I need a visa to enter The Bahamas?

Travelers WITHOUT Canadian citizenship/those who DO NOT hold a valid Canadian permanent residence card, may require a visa to enter The Bahamas.

Travelers are not exempt from the visa requirement if they hold a Canadian work or study permit, a Canadian multiple entry visa, or a US visa. Travelers may only be exempt if the passport of origin is from a country exempt from the visa requirement.

Visit Countries Exempt/Non-Exempt to determine which countries require a visa to enter The Bahamas.

Can I apply for a Bahamian visa at the Bahamas High Commission - Ottawa if I am visiting Canada in the near future?

All applicants are encouraged to apply for a Bahamian visa in their country of residence. Prospective travelers should apply at their nearest Bahamian Embassy or Consulate in their home country. If there is no Bahamian Embassy or Consulate, prospective travelers may apply for a Bahamian visa at their nearest British Embassy or Consulate.

Visit Where to Apply for more information.

I did not realize I needed a visa and my trip is in a few days - Can I get a same day/expedited visa?

The Bahamas High Commission DOES NOT issue same day visas.

The High Commission requires at least 14 business days to process a visa. This does not include the courier delivery time.

Ensure application is submitted with sufficient processing time and return delivery time.

Applications submitted with less than requested processing time may be accepted; however, application may be processed after applicant’s travel date. 

How long does it take to process visa application?

The High Commission requires at least 14 business days to process a visa. This does not include the courier delivery time. Applicants should ensure that their application is submitted with sufficient processing time and return delivery time.

How do I check the status of my visa application?

General processing time for visa applications is 14 business days; however, this does not include courier delivery time. While the Bahamas High Commission is dedicated to ensuring efficient processing times; applicant must ensure sufficient time between application submission and date of travel. Once an application is submitted, processing begins.

Status updates will be unavailable in the first 14 business days.

The Bahamas High Commission will NOT accept calls/ emails requesting visa updates unless application has exceeded general processing time. 

I am going on a cruise - if I do not exit the boat, do I still need a visa?

All persons visiting The Bahamas from countries that are not exempt, require a visa for entry-  whether travelling via air or sea.

To determine visa eligibility, visit: Exempt/Non-Exempt Countries. 

I have a criminal record - can I travel to The Bahamas?

Persons with a criminal record are advised to seek advice and clarification from the Department of Immigration – Bahamas.

Thea Moss, Gr.II

Immigration Officer

Classified Registry & Customer Service Representative P. O. Box N-831 Nassau, Bahamas

 

Tel: 242-502-0544

 

Email: [email protected]

 

The letter/email should include the following information:

  • Date of entry and exit to and from The Bahamas
  • Anticipated length of visit
  • Details of accommodation (private address or hotel / villa)
  • Details of conviction – i.e. sentence, time served and current status
  • •Documentary proof of termination of sentence or pardon