The government of The Bahamas has announced that, after 16 years, there is to be a change in the structure of fees applied to entering Bahamian waters for recreational boating purposes. The new fee structure will go into effect on January 1, 2020. Fees were last adjusted in 2003.
These fees contribute to the government’s efforts to secure the 100,000 square miles of ocean within The Bahamas and make them safer for boating. The efforts made to date have earned the archipelago an unrivalled record for boating safety.
The following fees will be applied to boats staying in The Bahamas for up to 3 months:
- Boats up to 34 feet: $150 (no change)
- Boats 35-99 feet: $300 (no change)
- Boats 100-149 feet: $500
- Boats 150-200 feet: $800
- Boats over 200 feet: $1,000
The fees cover both a cruising permit and fishing permit, as well as the departure tax for up to three people. Each additional person will be charged a $20 departure tax. The fee is good for a second re-entry within a 90-day period.
For stays longer than 3 months:
- Boats up to 34 feet: $300 annually
- Boats 35-99 feet: $600 annually
- Boats 100-149 feet: $1,000 annually
- Boats 150 – 200 feet: $1,600 annually
- Boats over 200 feet: $2,000 annually
- For a stay longer than 12 months, special arrangements must be made with Bahamas Customs and Immigration.
Concurrent to the fee structure announcement, the government has also announced plans to launch in the spring of 2020 an on-line entry portal (Click2Clear) that will streamline and greatly simplify the processes involved in applying for and paying for boating entry permits and fishing licences. Please note that Attendance Fees, Fishing Permit, Transportation and Overtime fees are all included in the price of the cruising permit. The only additional fees would be for additional departure tax if there are more than 3 persons at a cost of $20 per additional person.
It is illegal to tip government employees. Boaters are asked to report if they are ever asked for these types of payments to the local marina manger or dockmaster.
The Bahamas archipelago extends over an area roughly equivalent to that of the lesser Antilles (the distance between the British Virgin Islands and Trinidad and Tobago), but offer south Florida’s boating community the distinct advantage of being almost 700 nautical miles closer to Fort Lauderdale.
For questions, please feel free to contact the ABM Executive Director, Basil Smith, on email@example.com or visit The Bahamas official website https://www.bahamas.com/faq/enteringexiting-policies.