Visiting boaters must clear customs and immigration in Alice Town or nearby Cat Cay. 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 or birth certificate (original or certified copy), along with an official photo I.D., such as a driver's license or voter's card. 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
Clearing Procedures - Holidays
During holidays, special events, and other high-demand periods, Bimini Bay Resort can arrange for Customs & Immigrations Officials to process entry on-site at Bimini Bay Marina. A list of standard holidays is below. Please contact the Dockmaster by phone at 242-347-6031, or by radio on VHF 16 or 68 prior to arrival to confirm the appropriate Customs & Immigration processing location. Standard Holidays:
- Memorial Day
- 4th of July
- Labor Day
The current fee is $150 for boats up to 29' 11" in length and $300 for boats over 30 feet. This covers a vessel with four persons or fewer. The fee covers the cruising permit, fishing permit, Customs and Immigration charges, and the $15-per-person departure tax for up to four persons. The clearance fee entitles the vessel to two entries during a 90-day period.
Each additional person above four is charged a $15 departure tax (this tax is $18 for each additional person above four departing Freeport, Grand Bahama Island). If you plan to stay longer than 12 months, special arrangements must be made with Bahamas Customs and Immigration.
Regular hours for Bahamas Customs and Immigration Officers are weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for winter months and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. for summer months. Officers are on-call during holidays and weekends. There is no overtime charge.