Captain Chuck Baier, managing Editor for the Waterway Guide, has been kind enough to allow us to reproduce his note below which originally appeared on the MTOA List-Serve. Perhaps this will finally answer at least some of the questions which have recently been raised on the Net, and other on-line nautical mail lists and web sites about the regulations surrounding stays in Bahamian waters.
I thought I would update everyone on this since it has been the topic of discussion for a while now. This was just published on The Eleutheran News site, http://www.eleutheranews.com/national/1193.html , and this from Director Jack Thompson……
– In recent weeks a number of queries have been lodged with the Department regarding length of stay for Canadian, American and British nationals in The Bahamas.
*All bona fide visitors (nationals)from the United States, Canada and United Kingdom are landed at allports for thirty (30) days.
*Visitors from the aforementioned countries are allowed to remain in The Bahamas for a period up to eight (8) months.
*Stay periods are approved following an interview with an Immigration Officer(s). In instances where visitors are desirous of additional time, an extension should be requested.
*Visitors arriving by Pleasure crafts are required to complete the requisite forms and are allowed to remain in The Bahamas for up to eight (8) months. This policy also applies to the Home Owners.
*The Department of
Immigration encourages all foreign homes owners in The Bahamas to apply to the Department for a Home Owners Card in accordance with the International Persons Land Holding Ltd. The Department is ever mindful of its mandate to welcome genuine visitors while safeguarding our boarders against undesirables.”
So this means that 30 days is the rule. For those lucky enough to get more, you have received a bonus, but everyone can not expect to receive more than 30 days. Have a great season.
I was told the cruising permit for the boat is for a year,is that right because I left my boat there to go back,and I can renew 2 times before having to take her back to the states or pay duty on it. Can you tell me if that is right ?