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Travel Document Type

Electronic Entry Visa (EEV)

Government Fee

USD 100 (Single Entry)
USD 110 (Multiple Entry)

Byevisa Processing Fee

USD 25.00

Processing Time

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:

Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
Angola
Belarus
Benin
Bhutan
Bosnia
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cambodia
Cameroon
Central African Republic
Chad
Comoros
Congo
Cote d’Ivoire
Cuba
Djibouti
Dominican Republic
Egypt
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Gabon
Ghana

Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Haiti *
India **
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kosovo
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Lebanon
Liberia
Libya
Macau
Madagascar
Mauritania
Micronesia
Mongolia
Montenegro
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar
Nepal

Niger
Nigeria
North Korea
Pakistan
Palau
Palestine
Philippines
Rwanda
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Serbia
Somalia
Sudan
Syria
Taiwan
Tajikistan
Thailand
Timor-Leste
Togo
Tunisia
Turkmenistan
Ukraine
Uzbekistan
Vietnam
Yemen

*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:

American Samoa
Andorra
Anguilla
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Aruba
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Azores
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belgium
Belize
Bermuda
Botswana
Brazil
Brunei
Bulgaria
Canada
Cape Verde
Cayman Islands
Chile
China
Colombia
Cook Islands
Costa Rica
Croatia
Curacao
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Dominica
Dubai
Ecuador
El Salvador
Estonia
Falkland Islands
Fiji
Finland
France
French Guiana
French Polynesia
French Southern Territories
Fujairah
Galapagos Island
Gambia
Georgia
Germany
Gibraltar
Greece
Greenland
Grenada

Guadeloupe
Guam
Guatemala
Guyana
Holy See
Honduras
Hong Kong
Hungary
Iceland
India *
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Kenya
Kiribati
Kuwait
Latvia
Lesotho
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macedonia
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Mali
Malta
Marshall Islands
Martinique
Mauritius
Mexico
Moldova
Monaco
Montserrat
Namibia
Nauru
Netherlands
Netherlands, Antilles
New Caledonia
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Northern Mariana
Norway
Oman
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Pitcairn
Poland
Portugal
Puerto Rico
Qatar

Ras Al Khaimah (RAK)
Reunion
Romania
Russia
Saint Barthelemy
Saint Helena
Saint Kitts & Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Maarten
Saint Martin
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Saint Vincent & Grenadines
San Marino, Most Serene
Sao Tome & Principe
Scotland
Seychelles
Sharjah
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
South Africa
South Georgia and Sandwich
South Korea
Spain
Sri Lanka
Suriname
Swaziland
Sweden
Switzerland
Tahiti
Tanzania
The Republic of Turkey
Tokelau
Tonga
Trinidad & Tobago
Turks & Caicos
Tuvalu
Uganda
Umm Al Quwain
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
United State of America
Uruguay
Vanuatu
Vatican City State
Venezuela
Virgin Islands, British
Virgin Islands, USA
Wallis and Futuna
Western Samoa
Zambia

*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 most visa-exempt nationalities, you can visit here for up to 90 days.

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.

The online Bahamas visa processing time is 7-10 business days, not including the date of submission. To obtain your EEV in the quickest possible time, select our Highly Rapid service.
If you are invited for an in-person interview as part of your application, the purpose is to evaluate your reason for travel.

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.

Yes, you must take both the passport you applied with and your approved EEV with you, to show at the Bahamas' immigration control when you get there.
Like most travel permits, a tourist visa for the Bahamas is not guaranteed. Luckily, if you follow our instructions above carefully, you will greatly increase your chances of receiving approval on your first application.
You need a passport that's valid for at least 6 months past your travel dates to acquire the EEV. If your passport's close to expiry, we recommend that you apply for a new one first, then your online visa.
If you're eligible for this online visa and you're entering the Bahamas via cruise ship from the United States, then you also require the EEV. Just follow the steps above to apply.
A Bahamas visa for Indian citizens is not needed if you hold a valid Schengen, US, Canada or UK entry permit, or you’re a permanent resident in one of these countries. For the full eligibility requirements, please see below:
  • 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.
In these cases, you must provide proof that you possess these documents when you arrive in the Bahamas. If you do not hold any of these documents, you may apply for a Bahamas visa from India through Byevisa
A Bahamas visa is required for visitors from Pakistan. Fortunately, Pakistani travellers can also take advantage of Byevisa’s quick and easy service to request your EEV.

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.

US Alien Registration Card (Green Card) holders do not need to request any entry permit or fill in any waiver forms to travel to this country for periods of less than 30 days. You simply must present your Green Card and national passport upon arrival at the airport.

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.

If you hold dual citizenship, then remember to make all your bookings and travel pass applications using the same passport, and take this passport with you on your trip.
Most visitors do not need special vaccinations before entering the country. However, travellers from countries at risk of yellow fever transmission will be asked to present a vaccination certificate. To find out if this is your case, please visit the World Health Organisation’s web page.
The country’s official website includes the same information outlined above. For brevity and clarity, we have gone through all the policy details available to bring you the most important facts relevant to your application process.
English is spoken everywhere in this small country – so there’s no need to download a bilingual dictionary or language learning app! The Bahamian dollar is also fixed with the US dollar, saving you the hassle of looking for a currency exchange shop.

Be careful when renting a car, however, as drivers here use the left-hand side of the road.

Please find below an example of this online travel document:
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