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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Bahamas 101: Recipe For Paradise


Flying to the Bahamas is the stuff of dreams and is within the reach of nearly any pilot and aircraft




Bahamas Checklist


General Requirements
  • Mode C Transponder
  • 12-inch tail numbers
  • Life jacket for each occupant
  • U.S. Customs user decal
Documents To Enter The Bahamas
  • Three copies of the C7A "Bahamas Cruising Permit" form
  • One Immigration Card per person
  • Passport for each person
Procedures—Outward-Bound from U.S.
  1. File a Defense VFR (DVFR) or IFR flight plan by telephone at 1-800-WXBRIEF or www.fltplan.com.
  2. File the eAPIS outbound manifest online (recommend doing the inbound/return at the same time).
  3. Activate in the air prior to crossing the ADIZ and get discreet squawk code.
  4. Prior to landing, close VFR flight plan with Nassau Radio, or use the blue phone at each Bahamas AOE.
  5. Land at an AOE and clear Bahamian customs (see "documents" above).

Procedures—Return to U.S.
  1. File the eAPIS return if not already done (at least one hour prior to departure).
  2. Must depart from airport of entry (AOE) in The Bahamas.
  3. Pay $20 departure tax per person six years of age and older (five and under is free).
  4. Return stamped C7A form to Customs; return pink immigration card(s).
  5. Telephone and advise U.S. Customs at closest U.S. AOE of ETA and get officer's two-letter code.
  6. File a Defense VFR (DVFR) or IFR flight plan by telephone at (242) 377-7116 or (800) WXBRIEF.
  7. Activate in the air with Nassau Radio prior to crossing U.S. ADIZ and get discreet squawk code.
  8. Prior to landing, close VFR flight plan on 126.7 or at U.S. Customs office.
  9. Remove all baggage from airplane and take to Customs office. No photos or video allowed.
  10. Must have a blue Customs form (one per family), a passport for each person and the Customs decal on your airplane.





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