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Customs & Immigration of The Bahamas
Upon arriving in The Islands of The Bahamas, everyone must fill out and sign an immigration
form, keeping a portion of the card in hand until departing. An oral baggage declaration is required. Each adult
visitor is allowed to bring 50 cigars, 200 cigarettes or one pound of tobacco, one quart of spirits and a variety
of personal effects like personal radio headsets, bicycle, two still cameras, etc. All beer imported into the
country is dutiable at a rate of $10 per imperial gallon or $18 per case. Purchases up to a value of $100 are
permitted by all arriving passengers.
Departures to the U.S. must go through U.S. Customs and Border Protection pre-clearance. U.S. visitors may take
home $800 worth of duty-free merchandise. The next $1,000 is taxed at 10%. Gifts valued up to $50 may be mailed
home duty-free. One liter of wine, liqueur or liquor and five cartons of cigarettes may be taken duty-free.
If entering The Bahamas by boat, there is a flat fee to clear Customs and Immigration, which is $150.00 for boats
30 feet and under and $300.00 for boats over 30 feet. This covers a vessel with four persons or less.
Also included is a cruising permit, a fishing permit, Customs and Immigration charges and the $25.00 Departure Tax
for up to four persons. Each additional person above four will be charged $25.00 Departure Tax. If you plan to stay
longer than 12 months, special arrangement must be made with Bahamas Customs and Immigration.