RushMyPassport.com WSJ link

Categories

Rush My US Passport in 3 Easy Steps!


Top Posts


Recent Posts


Read Archives

Do You Need a Passport To Go To The Bahamas?

Recent changes in passport rules have many U.S. Citizens confused about whether they need a passport to go to the Bahamas.  On June 1st, 2009, the final phase of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) went into effect which means:

If you are traveling by plane, you must have a U.S. Passport.

If you are traveling by sea, you can use a passport book or one of the following documents:

  • passport card
  • trusted traveler card such as NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST card
  • enhanced driver’s license (only some states have these).

Please note that the passport card can only be used if you are traveling to the Bahamas by sea-it’s no valid for air travel.

Exceptions

There are, however, a few exceptions to the above rules. For example, if you are traveling to the Bahamas on a closed-loop cruise, a cruise that begins and ends at the same US port, you can use your driver’s license and birth certificate instead of a passport.

There are also a couple of exceptions for children.  Children under age 16 can use a birth certificate, naturalization certificate or certificate of citizenship IF they are traveling to and from the Bahamas by sea. Children under age 19 can also use birth certificates IF they are traveling by sea and IF they are traveling with a school group, a church group or a social or cultural organization supervised by an adult.

Just like adults, children in any age group must have a passport book to travel to the Bahamas by plane.

If the new passport regulations have caught you off guard, RushMyPassport can help. We hand-deliver your application to the US Department of State and then rush your new passport back to you, resulting in processing times as low as 24 hours.

Apply For Your Passport Today!

Tags: ,


159 Responses to “Do You Need a Passport To Go To The Bahamas?”

  1. What Document Do I Need To Get A Passport | Pitiya2

    […] Do You Need a Passport To Go To The Bahamas? – Recent changes in passport rules have many U.S. Citizens confused about whether they need a passport to go to the Bahamas. On June 1st, 2009, the final phase of the … […]

  2. bob

    we have a mom and her daughter and her two boys from indonesdia that want to take a short cruise to Nassau. What do they did for a visa and how do you obtain one?

  3. Alison Kroulek

    Hi Bob, Contact the nearest Bahamian Embassy or consulate.

  4. Angie

    Riding a ferry from Fort Lauderdale FL to Bahamas, will we need passports fro this??

  5. Alison Kroulek

    Hi Angie, You should have a passport or a passport card.

  6. Jennifer

    Hello,
    Just double-checking. If I’m cruising with Royal Caribbean and I’m headed out of and Orlando, FL port that is going to travel to the Bahamas’ and back to the same port in Florida, I do NOT need a passport. Correct?

    Thank you!

  7. Alison Kroulek

    Hi Jennifer,

    You shouldn’t NEED one, but I’d advise you to check with your cruise line. Also, consider getting one if you have time in case there’s an emergency of some sort. You can’t fly outside of the US without one.

  8. Keno Brown

    My girlfriend wants to visit the BAHAMAS with me we are going by ferrie from ft lauderdale will a us passport be just fine????? Will there be any issues departing from the us or arivving into the BAHAMAS.

  9. Alison Kroulek

    A US passport should be perfectly fine, Keno. Have a great trip!

Leave a Reply