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Travel Document Type
Electronic Entry Visa (EEV)
USD 100 (Single Entry)
USD 110 (Multiple Entry)
Byevisa Processing Fee
7 business days
All About the Bahamas Visa
Travellers planning their next beach getaway to this island archipelago may be wondering: do you need a visa for the Bahamas? The answer to this question depends on your country of citizenship and residency.
Fortunately, the country’s electronic entry system has replaced the more traditional Bahamas embassy visa, making travel to this tropical paradise easier than ever. Thanks to the new entrance policy, you can now request a Single- or Multiple-Entry visitor permit. The Single-Entry permit allows visits of 90 days, while there are 3-month, 6-month and 1-year Multiple-Entry eVisas available too.
Let us straightforwardly explain the Bahamas visa policy, so that the hardest part of planning your trip is deciding which of the over 700 islands and cays you would like to see first! Whether your visit is a stop on a longer cruise ship journey, or you plan on island hopping through this Caribbean destination your entire trip, we’ve got you covered.
In the sections below, we summarise the must-know information on the entry requirements, the permitted length of stay, and how to get a Bahamas visa delivered straight to your email inbox with Byevisa.
Bahamas Visa Requirements and Eligibility
76 nationalities can apply for a Bahamas visa online through the Electronic Entry Visa (EEV) scheme. An approved EEV gives you the right to explore this island nation for up to 3 months with a Single-Entry permit. To see if you qualify to apply, select your nationality with Byevisa’s helpful eligibility checker tool.
Or, if you prefer, you can consult our list of EEV-qualified nations below:
Central African Republic
*For citizens of Haiti, if you hold a valid visa from the USA, UK, Canada or Schengen Area, you can apply for a Bahamas visa. You must scan this document and upload it as part of your application. Otherwise, you’re ineligible for a travel permit for the Bahamas at this time.
**For specific information regarding the Bahamas visa for Indians, please see our section on this in the FAQs below.
Bahamas visa-free countries
Alternatively, 164 Bahamas visa-free countries do not need to apply for an EEV and in most cases can visit this country for up to 90 days without prior approval.
The only requirement for entry is to carry a national passport valid at least 3 months past your dates of travel, or 6 months if you’re transiting through another country, such as the US. Your passport should also have at least 2 blank pages for the entry stamp.
Keep in mind that, when transiting through the United States as part of your flight or cruise itinerary, you will be expected to show the correct US entry documents.
To see if your nationality is exempt from the EEV entry permit, here’s the complete list:
Antigua and Barbuda
French Southern Territories
Papua New Guinea
Ras Al Khaimah (RAK)
Saint Kitts & Nevis
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Saint Vincent & Grenadines
San Marino, Most Serene
Sao Tome & Principe
South Georgia and Sandwich
The Republic of Turkey
Trinidad & Tobago
Turks & Caicos
Umm Al Quwain
United Arab Emirates
United State of America
Vatican City State
Virgin Islands, British
Virgin Islands, USA
Wallis and Futuna
*For specific information regarding the Bahamas visa for Indians, please see our section on this in the FAQs below.
Is There a Bahamas Visa on Arrival (VoA)?
No, this country does not have a VoA policy at this time. Fortunately, the EEV is considered more reliable, as the application process is quick and easy and you already hold the approved document upon your arrival at the airport.
Bahamas Visa Application Process
To request the EEV, all applicants must fill in the Bahamas visa application form online through the Byevisa website.
The Bahamas visa requirements are as follows:
- A passport, valid for at least 6 months past your intended travel dates, and with 2 blank pages.
- A valid email address, where we’ll send your approved travel document.
- 2 passport-size photos with a white background (2 in x 2 in).
- The photos should be recent, up to 6 months old.
- They should be at 600 dpi.
- Selfies are not permitted.
- Your facial expression should be neutral, not smiling with your mouth closed.
- Your makeup should be neutral.
- You can wear modest jewellery only.
- You must face the camera directly, with a full face view.
- Your ears and hairline must be visible.
- You can only cover your head for religious or medical reasons, and you must obtain prior permission for this. Contact us to learn more.
- Your clothing should be in colour and your shoulders covered.
- You must not wear any military or civil servant badges or ornaments.
- A job letter or business license for self-employed persons), less than 6 months old.
- An original bank reference letter or statement, less than 6 months old.
- A police report, less than 6 months old.
- A medical certificate, less than 6 months old.
- Hotel booking and/or cruise itinerary.
- Copy of conference/invitation letter, if applicable.
- A valid US entry permit (for foreigners visiting this country via a cruise ship from the US).
- A copy of your children’s birth certificate legalised/apostilled in your country of origin, if applicable.
- An interview may be required.
- Applicants will be interviewed at the visa office you choose in the ‘Preferred Appointment’ section of our online form.
- Be sure to bring your completed application form, your EEV application confirmation page, plus your original supporting documents.
To prevent any delays with processing, please make sure all of the above documents are in English and are uploaded in PDF format.
Bahamian EEV Application Form and Documents
To complete the application with Byevisa, you first select whether you wish to apply for a Single- or Multiple-Entry travel document.
Importantly, please note that the Multiple-Entry passes are only an option for visitors who have visited this country previously without overstaying their entry permit. During the application process, you will be asked to support this fact by providing scanned copies of 3 previous successful entry permits.
Then, you request your ‘Self-Sponsored’ entry permit, which simply means that for this visit you cover your travel costs, as opposed to your company or government.
Then, to fill in the application, you fill in the following information:
- Your Personal Details:
- Your visa type (in this case, ‘Visitor’).
- Your surname.
- Your given names.
- Your gender.
- Your date of birth.
- Your country of birth.
- Your city of birth.
- Your nationality.
- Your national ID number.
- Your Passport Details:
- Your passport number.
- Your passport issue date.
- Your passport expiry date.
- Your passport’s place of issue.
- Your passport’s country of issue.
- Your Visit Information:
- The purpose of your visit.
- Your date of arrival.
- Your length of stay in days.
- Your available funds for your stay.
- If you’re travelling with your spouse or children.
- Your Interview Choices:
- Your preferred visa office to attend an interview.
- Your preferred appointment day.
- Your preferred appointment time.
- Your Contact Information:
- Your address.
- Your home, work and mobile phone numbers.
- Your email address.
- Your Work Details:
- Your employment type.
- Your employer’s name.
- Your employer’s phone number.
- Your profession.
- Years employed there.
- Your company address.
- Your Family Information:
- Your marital status.
- Your spouse’s details, if appropriate.
- An emergency contact’s details.
- Your Accommodation Details:
- The hotel where you’re staying.
- Your host’s name.
- Your host’s phone number.
- Your mode of arrival.
- Your hotel’s address.
- Other Information:
- If you’re ever committed a crime or terrorism.
- If you’ve previously visited the Bahamas.
- If you’re previously applied for a visa here.
- If you’re ever been deported from here.
- Details of previous visits to this country (if you’re applying for a Multiple-Entry pass, you must present scanned copies of 3 previous entry permits).
Visa Bahamas Status Check
Once you have completed the form, uploaded the necessary documents and paid the fee, your application is ready to be submitted. Based on which processing speed you select, your EEV will be delivered in this timeframe. If you don’t remember which option you selected and when to expect your document, please check the email confirmation.
In the meantime, Byevisa makes checking the status of your EEV easy. Just click ‘Log In’ at the top of our page and you will see if the authorisation you’ve applied for has been approved, rejected or requires additional documentation/information.
Once approved, your EEV will be sent directly to the email you provided. At this point, you must print your travel permit to take with you and show the Bahamas’ border authorities when you arrive. Fortunately, you can print as many copies as you need, so don’t worry if you lose your printed version – just be sure to retain our email confirmation.
How Much is the Bahamas Visa Fee?
The Bahamas visa fees depend on the number of entries and the duration you choose:
- Single-Entry travel pass (3 months) – 100 USD
- Multiple-Entry travel pass (3 months) – 110 USD
- Multiple-Entry travel pass (6 months) – 110 USD
- Multiple-Entry travel pass (1 year) – 110 USD
In addition, Byevisa charges a processing fee to facilitate your application. Our fees depend on how fast you require your visa. Byevisa charges 25 USD for Standard processing. Our Rapid and Highly Rapid services will be available soon.
More Bahamas Visitor Visa Questions and Information
We hope you’ve found the information above to be helpful. For additional information on travel to this country, please check out our frequently asked questions below:
For EEV-eligible nationalities, a Single-Entry online travel pass allows for trips up to 90 days. A Multiple-Entry pass is valid for up to 90 days per visit too. These passes can be valid for 3, 6 or 12 months, depending on the option you choose. However, to obtain a Multiple-Entry pass, you must provide scanned copies of 3 previous Bahamas visas.
To make the best impression possible, we encourage you to provide a detailed itinerary for your trip. This includes accommodation names and addresses, and an invitation letter if you are visiting for a conference or business meeting.
- Indian nationals holding a valid US, UK, Canada or Schengen Member State entry permit may be granted a maximum stay of 90 days in the country.
- Indian nationals with a permanent residence permit issued by the UK or a Schengen Member State may visit for a maximum of 90 days.
- Indian nationals holding a US Resident Alien Card (Green Card) may visit the country for up to 30 days.
Please note that, if you are visiting as part of a cruise with stops in US territory or layovers in US airports, then you will be required to present the necessary documents to enter the United States as well.
For stays of longer than 30 days, you must request a Bahamas visa for Green Card holders.
The US H1B document will not be accepted in Bahamian customs. H1B holders can apply for the EEV with their national passport through Byevisa’s website.
Be careful when renting a car, however, as drivers here use the left-hand side of the road.