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Bahamas changes entry fee scale

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Entry fees for the Bahamas will be changing in 2020, according to the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism website. Currently, all boaters entering the islands are required to pay the following entry fee:

  • Boats up to 35 feet: $150.
  • Boats over 35 feet: $300.

Effective Jan. 1, 2020, the fees will be:

  • Boats up to 34 feet: $150 for 3 months; $300 annually.
  • Boats 35-100 feet: $300 for 3 months; $600 annually.
  • Boats 100-150 feet: $500 for 3 months; $1,000 annually.
  • Boats 150-200 feet: $800 for 3 months; $1,600 annually.
  • Boats over 200 feet: $1,000 for 3 months; $2,000 annually.

The fees will cover 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 a stay longer than 12 months, special arrangements must be made with Bahamas Customs and Immigration. Office hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, with officers on call during holidays and weekends.

For more information, visit bahamas.com. Click here to find all forms needed to enter and exit the Bahamas.

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2 thoughts on “Bahamas changes entry fee scale

  1. Hector Sosa

    I think the Bahamian government is making it too costly for tourists to spend their vacations in their country. With 45% import duty, all purchases, hotel costs, etc. plus the 7% VAT recently implemented, and now a substantial hike on boats’ Entry Fees, instead of incentivizing more tourism, to bring more tourism income to help repair the damaging effects of hurricane Dorian, all these charges might cut it down.

  2. Louis Miller

    Why should I pay a country to come there and spend my money? Looks like they just want to get their hand deeper in my pocket. Not too bright.

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