Boating and Fishing the waters

Boating and Fishing the waters

Long-line fishing in Bahamian waters is illegal. Long-line gear must be stowed below deck while traveling through Bahamian waters. The Bahamian Government imposes significant penalties for catching crawfish (lobster) or other marine life out of season, taking undersized catch, or fishing in protected areas.

By Air—You must have a valid passport, regardless of age, when arriving anywhere in The Bahamas. US Citizens must show their passport to enter the Bahamas and to return to the US. For short vacation/business trips US citizens do not need a visa, but they must have roundtrip tickets. Passengers with one-way tickets may be denied entry.

By Cruiseship—If you are a U.S. citizen and you board a cruise ship at a U.S. port, travel only within the Western Hemisphere, and return to the same U.S. port on the same ship, you may present government-issued photo identification, along with proof of citizenship (an original certified copy of your birth certificate, a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or a Certificate of Naturalization). Check with your cruise line to ensure you have the appropriate documents. Please be aware that you may still be required to present a passport if you wish to extend your visit in the Bahamas or in case of an unforeseen emergency that requires you to disembark and return by air.

By Sea—You must have a valid passport to arrive by sea on either private boats or commercial vessels. There is a flat fee to clear customs and immigration of $150 for boats up to 30 feet and $300 larger boats. The fee covers a vessel with three or fewer people and includes a cruising permit, fishing permit, customs and immigration charges, and the $25 departure tax is waived for up to three people. Each additional person is $25.

Boating & Fishing—Long-line fishing in Bahamian waters is illegal. Long-line gear must be stowed below deck while traveling through Bahamian waters. The Bahamian Government imposes significant penalties for catching crawfish (lobster) or other marine life out of season, taking undersized catch, or fishing in protected areas.

Wildlife and Sealife—The Bahamian Government requires a special license for hunting certain types of fowl. All other hunting is prohibited in The Bahamas. A number of endangered and protected species reside in The Bahamas. You should not disturb, harass, or threaten wildlife, including species that may be hunted in the U.S. Americans have been arrested and prosecuted in The Bahamas for hunting, capturing, or even disturbing protected animals, including reptiles and birds. It is also illegal to damage or remove any sea life from the ocean and coral reefs. Additional information is available from the Bahamian Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources.

For complete and detailed information visit:

US Citizens: The Bahamas-US embassy website.

Citizens of All Other Countries: Bahamas Entry Requirements.

Traveling With Pets—You may bring a pet with you to The Bahamas, but you need an import permit. The permit is $10+$5 fax fee. The permit must be made in writing. For detailed information about bringing your pet, visit bringfido.com.

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