Bahamas Passport Information

Do I need a passport to go to the Bahamas?

Entry requirements differ depending on what country you are a resident and citizen of. Check below to find out the necessary documentation you will need to ensure a smooth entry into our country.

NOTE: Where a minor child is traveling with only one parent, a notarized letter of permit from the parent not traveling may be requested. If traveling with non-parents, a notarized letter from the minor's guardians would be required. The letter should indicate that the chaperones are authorized to travel outside the country with the minor, as well as permit the chaperones to seek medical attention for the minor, if necessary.

US Citizens
For current information on regulations for international travel, visit the Travel Section of the US Customs and Border Protection Home Page:

Canadian Citizens
A Canadian citizen does not require a visa to visit The Bahamas and can remain there for a maximum period of 8 months. The individual, however, must have the following documents:

  • 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 US)

  • A return ticket

Canadian Permanent Residents
Permanent Residents of Canada (formerly known as Landed Immigrants) may stay in The Bahamas for 30 days without a visa. They must travel with the following items:

  • 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 US)

  • 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 US)

  • A return ticket

For any inquiries, visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website section on "Foreigners Traveling to The Bahamas" at:

For information on entry requirements for other countries outside the US and Canada, please visit:

More Questions?
Call the Bahamas passport team toll free at 1-800-523-7682.The passport specialists answer all calls within three rings.

Call center hours of operation are:

8:00 AM to 8:00 PM EST weekdays
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST Saturdays
12:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST Sundays

Useful Passport Links:
General Passport Agency (All Info) »
Traveling to the Bahamas »
Passport Application Processing Times »
How to get a passport for the first time »
Application for Passport, Form DS-11 »
How to renew a passport »
Application for Passport by Mail: DS-82 »
Download Passport Application »

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