Arrivals - Nassau International Airport

Upon arrival at NASSAU International Airport (NAS) you will be asked to fill out a Bahamian Immigration Card.  This is usually available onboard your flight, but you can find them in the immigration area at the writing desks.  You'll go through Bahamian Immigration at this point, and your passport (YOU MUST HAVE A VALID U.S. PASSPORT) will be stamped and marked for the # of days you are allowed to stay in the bahamas. (This information is taken from your immigration card).  Once you are through immigration, you'll find tour desks in the entrance.  You can pick up information and newsletters here.  Follow to the right to pick up your luggage at the marked carousel.  Bahamian Customs agents are waiting for inspection nearby.  Most agents just flag you through, some ask if you have anything to declare.  If you are not carrying illegal items, or something that needs to be declared, just answer truthfully and walk through.  This process can take a little while depending on the line.  Most days this whole process takes less than 1/2 hour.

Taxi cabs and Shuttle Vans are lined up outside the arrivals building. Those with vouchers will be asked to head to the left to meet your van. Otherwise, you'll be loaded into taxis for travel to your destination.   Although fares are set, (check the posted rates in the Arrivals area) make sure you and your driver agree on a price BEFORE you get into the cab.  Fares are subject to change by the taxi union. 

 

U.S. Departures - Nassau International Airport

The Departure process has been greatly improved with a brand new terminal.  Please leave at least 2 to 2/12 hours to go through this process. 

You'll check in with your airline at the first check point.  Don't bother pre-printing your boarding passes as they will be mandatorily issued by the check-in agent at the airport. Your bags will be tagged and sent to the baggage handling area.  You'll be asked to fill out a U.S. Customs Card stating what you purchased and the value.  Have your receipts available if you've been shopping.   An agent (similiar to TSA) will check your documents and move you on to the next station.  Carry on, handbags, computers etc  will be go through xray at this point.  Hand wands may also  be used. when necessary.  After the security checkpoint you proceed to U.S. Immigration and Customs area  - YOU MUST HAVE A VALID PASSPORT

Depending on the number of flights, this can be a long line.  After going through the U.S. Immigration desk, you are free to proceed to your gate.

The new terminal features several places to eat or drink as well as shopping.

AIRPORT SHUTTLES

Some packages include vouchers for Shuttle Vans.  Most of these vans are run by Majestic Tours and Bahamas Experience and are small buses that hold about 20 people.  Each van heads towards a different set of hotels, so you may not have a direct ride to your hotel, but drop off along the way.  In some cases, luggage is placed in a second van or truck to meet you at your destination.

Unless your travel package has included this as a perk, the Shuttle is not usually a bargain.  Most cabs are less expensive, and there are plenty of vans and limos in the taxi transportation pool. Taxi rates vary, check with the driver before getting in the cab.  Rates are based on two passengers and a coupole of suitcases.  Each addtional passenger is another $3 and additional or large/heavy luggage is additional.  Be sure to tip your driver a few dollars especially if they give you a little tour along the way to your destination.  Here is an estimated rate schedule which is subject to change:

Airport to downtown Nassau $27
Airport to Cable Beach $18
Airport to Paradise Island $34 includes bridge toll

 

If you have a voucher, the transportation director at the Arrivals area will direct you to your Van at the end of the drive. (to your left as you go out the door).  Representatives will be waiting to help board you.

To return to the Airport, contact your Tour Desk or concierge in your hotel lobby for pick up times 24 hours before your flight, or call the number on your voucher for a pick up.  Make sure you do this a day ahead of time, and be WAITING for them when they arrive.  They will NOT wait for you.