You can now clear Customs and Immigration at the Palm Cay Marina.
Boaters coming into the Bahamas need to clear custom and immigrations. As you enter port, fly the yellow quarantine flag. Once docked, the captain is permitted to leave the boat in order to clear the boat and crew with local customs and immigration. All crew are required to remain onboard until the captain returns with vessel clearance. All visitors entering The Bahamas must make a customs declaration upon arrival. Adult visitors are allowed to bring in 50 cigars, 200 cigarettes or one pound of tobacco, one quart of spirits and personal effects.
Specifically, Bahamas Customs requires the following:
• Vessel’s Registration
• Completion of the Maritime Declaration Form
• Completion of the Inward Report Form
Everyone on board must have proof of citizenship and fill out an immigration card. U.S. citizens can present a passport. Before leaving, be sure to surrender your copy of the immigration card. Specifically, Bahamas Immigration requires the following:
• Completion of Inward Passenger & Crew Manifest form
• Completion of an Immigration Card for each person arriving on the vessel
If you have a firearm on board, you must declare it with Customs. You must provide the serial number and manufacturer, plus an exact count of ammunition. You are allowed to have a firearm on your boat, but you cannot take it off unless you have a permit from the Bahamian police ahead of time. Weapons must be under lock and key at all times. Any infraction of this law is dealt with severely.
A new fee structure will go into effect on January 1, 2020.
These fees contribute to the government’s efforts to secure the 100,000 square miles of ocean within The Bahamas and make them safer for boating. The efforts made to date have earned the archipelago an unrivalled record for boating safety.
The following fees will be applied to boats staying in The Bahamas for up to 3 months:
Boats up to 34 feet: $150 (no change)
Boats 35-99 feet: $300 (no change)
Boats 100-149 feet: $500
Boats 150-200 feet: $800
Boats over 200 feet: $1,000
The fees cover both a cruising permit and fishing permit, as well as the departure tax for up to three people. Each additional person will be charged a $20 departure tax. The fee is good for a second re-entry within a 90-day period.
For stays longer than 3 months:
Boats up to 34 feet: $300 annually
Boats 35-99 feet: $600 annually
Boats 100-149 feet: $1,000 annually
Boats over 150 – 200 feet: $1,600 annually
Boats over 200 feet: $2,000 annually
For a stay longer than 12 months, special arrangements must be made with Bahamas Customs and Immigration.
Please note that Attendance Fees, Fishing Permit, Transportation and Overtime fees are all included in the price of the cruising permit. The only additional fees would be for additional departure tax if there are more than 3 persons at a cost of $20 per additional person. It is also illegal to tip government employees.
Boaters are asked to report if they are ever asked for these types of payments to the local marina manger or dockmaster.
For questions, please feel free to contact the ABM Executive Director, Basil Smith, on email@example.com or visit The Bahamas official website https://www.bahamas.com/faq/enteringexiting-policies.
CRUISING AND FISHING PERMITS
You receive a Cruising Permit upon clearance and payment of entry fees. Upon issuance of your Cruising Permit you will also receive a Fishing Permit. Fishing gear is restricted to hook and line and you’re allowed to fish with no more than six rods at a time per boat. While enforcement is irregular, cruising or fishing without the proper permits or in violation of bag limits can result in severe penalties.