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
Documents To Enter The Bahamas
- Mode C Transponder
- 12-inch tail numbers
- Life jacket for each occupant
- U.S. Customs user decal
Procedures—Outward-Bound from U.S.
- Three copies of the C7A "Bahamas Cruising Permit" form
- One Immigration Card per person
- Passport for each person
- File a Defense VFR (DVFR) or IFR flight plan by telephone at 1-800-WXBRIEF or www.fltplan.com.
- File the eAPIS outbound manifest online (recommend doing the inbound/return at the same time).
- Activate in the air prior to crossing the ADIZ and get discreet squawk code.
- Prior to landing, close VFR flight plan with Nassau Radio, or use the blue phone at each Bahamas AOE.
- Land at an AOE and clear Bahamian customs (see "documents" above).
Procedures—Return to U.S.
- File the eAPIS return if not already done (at least one hour prior to departure).
- Must depart from airport of entry (AOE) in The Bahamas.
- Pay $20 departure tax per person six years of age and older (five and under is free).
- Return stamped C7A form to Customs; return pink immigration card(s).
- Telephone and advise U.S. Customs at closest U.S. AOE of ETA and get officer's two-letter code.
- File a Defense VFR (DVFR) or IFR flight plan by telephone at (242) 377-7116 or (800) WXBRIEF.
- Activate in the air with Nassau Radio prior to crossing U.S. ADIZ and get discreet squawk code.
- Prior to landing, close VFR flight plan on 126.7 or at U.S. Customs office.
- Remove all baggage from airplane and take to Customs office. No photos or video allowed.
- 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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