American passport holders can enter The Bahamas visa-free for stays of up to 8 months. For U.S. citizens, a valid U.S. Passport is essential for re-entry into the United States. The Bahamian Government may also ask for proof of a return airline ticket to demonstrate your intent to leave the country after your visit, and sufficient funds to support the duration of your stay in The Bahamas. It's important to note that voter registration or a certified birth certificate is no longer accepted as proof of U.S. citizenship.
Everyone is required to complete and sign an immigration form upon arrival in The Bahamas, and they must retain a portion of the card until their departure. All individuals must also complete a written baggage declaration form. For those without a passport, please refer to www.travel.state.gov* for the latest information on the passport application procedure.
Canadian visitors will only need a visa if their stay extends beyond 8 months. However, they must have specific documents, including a Canadian passport valid for at least 3 months after departing The Bahamas (for direct travel) or at least 6 months if transiting through other countries like the U.S. Permanent Canadian residents will also need a Permanent Resident card and a return airline ticket to show proof of plans to leave the country after the duration of their stay.
- Tourist visa: not required for stays up to 8 months
- Business visa: not required
- Student permit: required
See the Government of Canada’s Travel website* for more details.