Arrivals

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 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 left 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 is very quick.  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.  (Check the posted rates in the Arrivals area).

Make sure you and your driver agree on a price BEFORE you get into the cab.

THERE ARE NO JITNEYS OR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION FROM THE AIRPORT TO YOU HOTELS.

Departures

*IMPORTANT*  YOU MUST HAVE A PASSPORT TO ENTER THE U.S. IF YOU ARE A U.S. CITIZEN.  IF YOU ARE NOT A U.S. CITIZEN, PLEASE CONTACT THE BAHAMAS CONSULATE - In Canada call 613-232-1724 and in London call 0207-408-4488.   

There are different departure areas for U.S. and non-U.S travelers.  This describes the U.S. departure process which on most days is long and tedious.  Please leave at least 3 hours to go through this process. The Airport needs a good overhaul, but in the meantime, you don't want to miss your flight.

Whether you take a taxi or shuttle to the Departures area, you'll likely meet with long lines and cranky travelers.  You'll check in with your airline at the first check point.  Your bags will be tagged, but you will take them with you through the next check points.  If you have not done so in advance, 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. 

Security will check your document and you'll pass to the next security step.  Put your checked luggage on the belt and proceed to security scanner .  Hand wands are also used at this point.  Shoes off, computers open, just like in the states.  Grab your stuff and proceed to  the U.S. Immigration and customs Desk. 

After going thru the U.S. Immigration ,take the escalator to the small departure lounge.  No Smoking.  theres a small cafeteria with limited food items, Kafe Kalik for sandwiches, Dunkin Donuts etc.   Graycliffs has a smoking lounge for $10pp which includes a drink.

This process usually takes at least 2 1/2 hours.   They routinely DO NOT hold flights.

For more information on entering and exiting Nassau, please visit The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism website at: http://www.bahamas.com/entry-requirem...