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VISA REQUIREMENTS

Passports must be valid for minimum 3 months from the date of return when traveling direct to The Bahamas, and 6 months from the date of return when traveling through the United States.

Canadian passport and permanent residence card holders are exempted from obtaining a visa for The Bahamas. Permanent Resident Cards, if applicable, must be valid for at least thirty days before the date of return from The Bahamas.

 Refugees who have been issued a travel document by the Canadian government may require a visa if their originating country is one which is not exempt from the visa requirement.

For additional entry requirements, please click below

The High Commission issues the following types of visas: 

  • Visitor Visa
    • Single entry
    • Multiple entry
  • Diplomatic Visa
    • Single entry
    • Multiple entry
  • Official Visa
    • Single entry
    • Multiple entry

Multiple Entry Visas are issued at the discretion of the Consular Officer. There is no guarantee that multiple entry visa will be granted and no refunds will be made if applicant does not qualify.

Countries that require a visa to enter The Bahamas

  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Belarus
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Bosnia
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Cote d’Ivoire
  • Cuba
  • Djibouti
  • Dominican Republic
  • Egypt
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Guina-Bissau
  • Haiti
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Iraq
  • Jordan, Hashemite Kingdom of
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgystan (The Kyrgyz Republic)
  • Laos
  • Lebanon
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Macau
  • Madagascar
  • Mauritania
  • Micronesia
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • North Korea
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Palestine
  • Philippines
  • Rwanda
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Somalia
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Taiwan
  • Tajikistan
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tunsia
  • Turkmenistan
  • Ukraine
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vitenam
  • Yemen
  • Zaire

 

Countries that DO NOT require a visa to enter The Bahamas

  • American Samoa
  • Andorra
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Aruba
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Azores
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Cape Verde
  • Cayman Islands
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Cook Islands
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Curacao
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Dominica
  • Dubai
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Estonia
  • Falkland Islands
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Guiana
  • French Polynesia
  • French Southern Territories
  • Fujairaj (see UAE)
  • Galapagos Island
  • Gambia
  • Georgia, Republic of
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Greenland
  • Grenada
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guam
  • GuatemalaGuyana
  • Holy See
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Kenya
  • Kirbati
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Lesotho
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macedonia
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Martinique
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montserrat
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Netherlands
  • Netherlands,Antilles
  • New Caledonia
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Northern Mariana
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Pitcairn (British Overseas Territory)
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • Ras Al Khauma (See UAE)
  • Reunion
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Saint Barthelemy
  • Saint Helena
  • Saint Kitts & Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Martin
  • Saint Maarten
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • Saint Vincent & Grenadines
  • San Marino, Most Serene
  • Sao Tome & Principe
  • Scotland
  • Seychelles
  • Sharjah (See UAE)
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • South Georgia and South Sandwich
  • South Korea
  • Span
  • Sri Lanka
  • Suriname
  • Swaziland
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Tahiti
  • Tanzania
  • Tokelau
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Turkey
  • Turks & Caicos
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Umm Al Qaiwan
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United State of America
  • Uruguay
  • Vanuatu
  • Vatican City State
  • Venezuela
  • Virgin Islands, British
  • Virgin Islands, USA
  • Wallis and Futuna
  • Western Samoa
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

 

Canadian Citizens

Canadian citizens DO NOT require a visa to visit The Bahamas and may remain for a maximum period of 8 months.

All travelers must have the following items:

  1. A Canadian passport, with an expiry date that is NOT less than 3 months, after leaving The Bahamas (for direct travel) and NOT less than 6 months (if transiting through other countries such as the U.S.)
  2. A return ticket
  3. Confirmed hotel or cruise reservation; or letter of invitation to stay at host’s home

Where a minor child is traveling with only one parent, a notarized letter of permit from the parent not travelling may be requested.


Canadian Permanent Residents

Permanent Residents of Canada (formerly known as Landed Immigrants) may stay in The Bahamas for 30 days without a visa.

All travelers must have the following items:

  1. A valid passport from your country of origin of which expiry date, after return from The Bahamas, must NOT be less than 3 months (for direct travel) and NOT less than 6 months (if transiting through other countries such as the U.S.)
  2. An original Canadian Permanent Resident card of which the expiry date must NOT be less than 3 months (for direct travel) and NOT less than 6 months (if transiting through other countries such as the U.S.)
  3. A return ticket
  4. Confirmed hotel or cruise reservation; or letter of invitation to stay at host’s home


Refugees with Canadian Travel Documents

The Canadian Travel Document may be used in lieu of a National Passport for entry into The Bahamas provided the expiry date, after return from The Bahamas is NOT less than 3 months (for direct travel) and NOT less than 6 months (if transiting through other countries such as the U.S.)

A Bahamian visa may be required based on the origin country of the traveler. Please review countries which require a visa to enter The Bahamas to determine eligibility.

Please note that travelers holding a valid Canadian Permanent Residence Card do NOT require a visa to enter The Bahamas.

​Travelers who do not have a valid Permanent Residence Card and require a visa must submit a visa application for processing. Please visit “General Visa Requirements” for an application form and a list of all supplementary documents required.

Canadian travel document holders transiting through other countries must call the relevant embassies for information regarding traveling with a travel document.

Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents, and Canadian refugees transiting through other countries, such as the United States, should contact the relevant embassies regarding their entry/visa requirements for that country.


Extending Your Stay

Any visitor wishing to extend their stay in The Bahamas, is advised to contact their nearest Bahamian Immigration Office.

Documentation to be submitted upon request:

  1. Proof that you can financially sustain yourself for the extended period;
  2. A valid passport or travel document.
  3. A return ticket.

Completed Visa Application Form must be submitted to the Bahamas High Commission with all required supplementary documentation.  Failure to submit all requested documents will result in the delay, return or denial of application.

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

General Requirements

  • Original Passport: You must submit your original passport or travel document. The expiry date of the passport/travel document, after returning from The Bahamas, must NOT be less than 3 months (for direct travel) and NOT less than 6 months (if transiting through other countries such as the U.S.)
  • Proof of Status in Canada: Proof of work, or student status in Canada must be provided.
o    Foreign employees in Canada must submit proof of Work Permit/Authorization with a recent letter from their employer stating their continued employment following their return from The Bahamas. The expiry date of the permit, after returning from The Bahamas, must NOT be less than 3 months (for direct travel) and NOT less than 6 months (if transiting through other countries such as the U.S.)
o    International students in Canada must forward proof of Study Permit/Student Authorization with proof of enrollment from their school at the time of the application and following their return from The Bahamas. The expiry date, after returning from The Bahamas, must NOT be less than 3 months (for direct travel) and NOT less than 6 months (if transiting through other countries such as the U.S.)
o    All foreign employees, international students and visitors to Canada must have, where applicable, a multiple-entry visa. When the Canadian Work or Study Permit reads “THIS DOES NOT AUTHORIZE RE-ENTRY” (stated at bottom of the permit), an entry visa for Canada must be obtained before applying for a Bahamian one. All visas should be valid after return date from The Bahamas.

Visitors with valid multiple-entry Canadian visa may be eligible to apply for Bahamian visa at the Bahamas High Commission in certain cases. Please contact Consular Officer for further information.

  • Other Visas: Applicant must verify if additional visas are required to enter or transit through countries en route to and from The Bahamas. All required visas must be obtained prior to the submission of application. All visas should be valid after return date from The Bahamas.
  • Consular Fee: The application fee must be submitted in the EXACT amount and only in U.S. dollars in the form of a bank draft, a bank money order or a postal money order, made payable to The Bahamas High Commission.  See list of Fees.
  • Colour Photographs: Two U.S. Visa-sized photographs, taken within 6 months of the application.
  • Proof of Accommodation: Applicant must provide confirmed hotel booking or letter of invitation if staying at private home
    • Letter must include address and telephone number of host
  • Proof of Sufficient Funds: Applicant must provide recent bank statement as proof of sufficient funds to finance the visit.
o    If travel is financed by individual that is not the applicant: sponsor must submit letter of sponsorship indicating that sponsor assumes all financial responsibility of applicant while in The Bahamas. Sponsor is required to submit recent bank statement indicating sufficient funds to cover all expenses.
o    If applicant’s travel is covered by employer/company: employer must submit official letter confirming applicant’s employment, sponsorship letter indicating financial responsibility and recent bank statement indicating sufficient funds to cover all expenses.
  • Proof of Return: An electronic round-trip ticket in the applicant’s name must be provided.
o    Applicants that require passport due to other existing travel plans must indicate earliest travel date on application and consult with the Consular Assistant at the High Commission to determine how far in advance one should submit an application for a visa.
o    Applicants should submit copies of all relevant travel itineraries at the time of application.
  • Courier Waybill: A pre-paid courier waybill or prepaid courier envelope must be supplied for returning the documents.

 

Processing Time

The Bahamas High Commission will NOT accept any visa application more than 6 weeks before travel date.

The Bahamas High Commission DOES NOT accept same day visa applications. 

Once ALL requested items have been submitted, it will take the High Commission 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. 

While every effort will be made to process applications within 14 business days, there will be delays at peak travel periods (November-March and July-August).

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

Failure to comply may result in delays/return of visa application. 

Diplomatic, Foreign and Government Staff Visa Requirements

Failure to submit all requested documents will result in the delay/return of application until all requirements are met. 

There are two types of visa which could be issued to the foreign officials and diplomatic staff of diplomatic/ consular missions and international organizations:

  • Official/diplomatic visa – gratis
  • Tourist visa – visa fee paid by the applicant

Original Passport must be submitted at the time of application to complete processing.

Official/Diplomatic Visa

Diplomatic staff members of diplomatic/consular missions and international organizations accredited to Canada, and Government officials are eligible for a gratis visa if they are attending an official event or travelling on a working visit to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

Required Documents

  • Diplomatic Note outlining:
    • The name(s) of the traveller(s)
    • The date of departure from Canada
    • The reason for the journey, a copy of the invitation letter is to be included
    • The date of return to Canada
  • Letter of Invitation from Organizers of official event outlining:
    • The name of the travelling officer
    • The itinerary of the travelling officer
    • The date and location of event
      • Those travelling on working visit must submit a letter from host outlining work period in The Bahamas

Accompanying family members who are not formally invited to the event must apply for a tourist visa, if required.

  • Proof of Return: Confirmed airline itinerary in the applicant’s name.
  • Original Passport: Original Passport must be submitted at the time of application to complete processing.  The expiry date of the passport must be not be under 3 months after returning from The Bahamas if travelling direct from Canada; and 6 months after returning from The Bahamas if travelling in transit through United States.
  • Proof of Canadian Status: Applicant must provide proof of  official status in Canada with an Official (Diplomatic) Acceptance letter from Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.
  • Other Visas: Applicant must verify if additional visas are required to enter or transit through countries en route to and from The Bahamas. All required visas must be obtained prior to the submission of application. The expiry date of the visas should be valid after return date from The Bahamas
  • Colour Photograph: Two U.S. Visa-sized photographs, taken within 6 months of the application.
  • Courier Envelope: A pre-paid courier envelope to return your document(s) to the applicant(s).

Once ALL of the requested items have been submitted, it will take the High Commission at least 14 working days to process a visa. Processing time does not include return courier delivery time.

Tourist Visa

Foreign officials, diplomatic staff members of diplomatic/consular missions and international organizations accredited to Canada, and government officials who are travelling for personal reasons MUST apply for a tourist visa.

For information and requirements for a tourist visa, please see the General Visa Requirements.

Where to Apply

Applicants residing in Canada may contact:

The Bahamas High Commission
99 Bank St – Suite 415
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 6B9
Canada
Telephone: (613) 232-1724
Emergency Hotline: 613-790-6801
Facsimile: (613) 232-0097
E-mail: [email protected]

Applicants residing in the USA, Central America, or the surrounding areas may contact:

Miami
Consulate General of The Bahamas
Ingraham Building Suite 818
25 South East Second Avenue
Miami, Florida 33131
Telephone: (305) 373-6295
Facsimile: (305) 373-6312
E-mail: [email protected]

New York
Consulate General of The Bahamas
Bahamas House
231 East 46th Street
New York, NY 10017
Telephone: (212) 421-6420
Emergency Hotline: 201-320-1145
Facsimile: (212) 688-5926

Consular Annex
1025 Vermont Avenue NW, Suite 305
Washington, DC, 20005
Telephone: (202) 734-6578
Emergency Hotline: (202) 679-9045
Emergency Cellphone Contact 1 : (202) 679-9046 -(Vice Consul)
Emergency Cellphone Contact 2 : (202) 394-6262 – Vice Consul)
Facsimile: (202) 595-8251
Toll-free: (888) 745-3243
E-mail: [email protected]

Applicants residing in the Caribbean or South America may contact:

Cuba
Embassy of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
3006 5th Avenue 3/30 y 32
Miramar, Playa
Havana, Republic of Cuba
Telephone: 011-537-206-9918
Facsimile: 011-537-206-9921/23
E-mail: [email protected]

Haiti
Embassy of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
12 Rue Goulard
Place Boyer
Pétion-Ville, Haiti
Telephone: 011-509-257-8782
Facsimile: 011-509-2256-5759
E-mail: [email protected]

Applicants residing in Africa, Europe or Middle East may contact:

London, U.K.
The Bahamas High Commission
10 Chesterfield Street
London W1J 5JL
England
Telephone: 011-442-07-408-4488
Emergency Hotline: +44 07342 882 551
Facsimile: 011-442-07-499-9937
E-mail: [email protected]

Applicants residing in Asia or Australia may contact:

China
Embassy of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
4th Floor, Tayuan Diplomatic Office Building,
14 Liangmahe Nan Lu,
Chaoyang District
Beijing, People’s Republic of China, 100600
Telephone: 011-86-106532-2922
Emergency Hotline: 011-86-13718784319
Facsimile: 011-86-10-6532-2304
Website: www.bahamasembassy.cn
E-mail: [email protected]

In cases where there is no Bahamas Consulate, applications may be submitted to applicants nearest British Embassy. 

Visa Fees

The following fees are non-refundable.

Multiple Entry Visas

  • 3 months……………………………………………………………..……….…..110.00
  • 6 months……………………………………………….……………………….…110.00
  • 1 year…………………………………………………………………………..……110.00

Single Entry Visa………………………………………….….…………………….100.00

Seaman’s Visa….………………………………………….……….….…………….110.00

Diplomatic/Official Visa………………………………………………………..NIL

Multiple Entry Visas are issued at the discretion of the Consular Officer. There is no guarantee that multiple entry visa will be granted and no refunds will be made if applicant does not qualify.