FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. How many visa types does The Bahamas have?
Answer: The Bahamas issues two types of visas: single-entry visas, valid for a period of
three months, and multiple-entry visas valid for a period up to a year. The Bahamas
Embassy in Beijing issues both types of visas, and the longest period of validity for a
multiple-entry visa is one year.
2. Who can apply to the Embassy for a visa?
Answer: All persons residing in mainland China or transiting through China can apply,
in person, to The Bahamas Embassy in Beijing for a Bahamian visa. If you do not
reside in mainland China, the Embassy accepts mail-in applications from the following
Asian and Pacific countries and dependencies:
Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Cook Islands, East Timor,
Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Kiribati, Laos,
Macao, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States
of), Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue,
North Korea, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea,
Philippines, Pitcairn, Republic of China (Taiwan), Samoa, Singapore,
Solomon Islands, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu,
Vanuatu, Vietnam, and Wallis and Futuna.
Please note that persons residing in India may apply for a Bahamian visa at the British
High Commission in New Delhi.
3. How much does a Bahamian visa cost?
Answer: The processing fee for a single-entry visa is 400 RMB or US$55. The
processing fee for a multiple-entry visa is 470 RMB or US$65.
4. What forms of payment are accepted by the Embassy?
Answer: The Embassy accepts RMB and US cash payments or US money orders.
Please be advised, however, that in China US money orders take 45 days to clear and
that the Embassy cannot issue a visa until the money order is cleared. Applicants who
prefer to wire transfer visa fees can contact the Embassy for transfer details.
5. Do Hong Kong permanent residents require a visa to travel to The Bahamas?
Answer: A visa is not required for Hong Kong Special Administrative Region passport
holders. All other Chinese nationals will require a visa.
6. Do US or Canadian Permanent Residents require visas to enter The Bahamas?
Answer: Foreign nationals who are US or Canadian Permanent Residents do not need
visas to enter The Bahamas for visits up to thirty (30) days. All that is required is a
valid US or Canadian Permanent Resident card and a valid national passport.
7. Do cruise passengers require visas?
Answer: In January 2010, The Bahamas Government updated its policy with regard to
cruise passengers. Foreign nationals who would normally require a visa to enter The
Bahamas, do not require a visa if entering and departing The Bahamas by cruise ship.
If a foreign national who would normally require a visa to enter The Bahamas, however,
enters by cruise ship and departs by air, a visa is required.
8. Who else requires a visa to visit The Bahamas?
Answer: Please visit http://www.mfabahamas.org/visapage.htm for a complete list of
visa requirements for foreign visitors to The Bahamas.
9. When applying for a Bahamian visa, what documents should applicants provide?
Answer: Please see the document “Instructions for Visa applicants” for detailed
information on required/supporting documentation. Please note that any original
document that is in a language other than English must be translated and certified by a
10. Do children require police certificates?
Answer: Persons under 16 years do not require police certificates.
11. Do applicants require a specific amount of money when applying for a visa?
Answer: No specific amount of money is required. Applicants should, however,
provide evidence of funds available for the full period of stay in The Bahamas. This
should be in the form of a letter from a financial institution.
12. Must applicants schedule an appointment to apply for visas?
Answer: Only group applicants (5 or more persons) must contact the Embassy in
advance to schedule an appointment.
13. I am in a country where there is no Bahamian Consular Office and where the British Embassy
does not issue Bahamian visas. How can I obtain one?
Answer: If you reside in one of the countries or dependencies previously referred to in
question 2, you can mail your visa application to The Bahamas Embassy in Beijing.
Otherwise, to obtain a Bahamian visa, you would have to visit a Bahamian Embassy or
Consular Office. At present, there are offices in Beijing, Port-au-Prince, London,
Washington, New York, Miami, Atlanta, Ottawa, and Havana.
14. I do not have an invitation letter; can I still apply for a visa?
Answer: The invitation letter is only needed, if applicable. If you have not been invited
to The Bahamas by someone, then you will not need an invitation letter.
15. Can a Bahamian work permit take the place of a visa?
Answer: Due to the realities of travel, it is recommended that persons with Bahamian
work permits should also apply for a Bahamian visa, if citizens of their country are
required to have visas to enter The Bahamas.
16. How long does it take to obtain a Bahamian visa?
Answer: The duration of the visa process varies according to the application. As some
applications require referral, all applicants are advised to apply for their visas four (4)
weeks prior to their intended date of departure from China.
17. Does The Bahamas Government or Embassy in Beijing appoint any particular service
company or travel agency to help applicants apply for the Bahamian visa?
18. Can a foreigner go to The Bahamas to study? Does the Embassy issue Student Visas?
Answer: The Bahamas does not issue Student Visas, only single-entry and multiple-entry
visas. Persons who wish to visit The Bahamas to attend school or for employment
purposes must apply directly to the The Bahamas’ Department of Immigration.
19. If a Bahamian goes abroad and marries a foreigner, how can the foreign partner obtain a visa?
Answer: The married couple would have to visit the nearest Bahamian Embassy or
Consular Office. In addition to the general documents required by each Embassy or
Consular Office, the Bahamian partner would have to provide proof of citizenship—i.e.
passport—as well as a certified marriage certificate.
20. If a Bahamian abroad loses his passport, how can the Embassy assist?
Answer: Passports that have been misplaced, lost or stolen should be reported to the
local police of that country. A copy of the police report is needed to obtain a
replacement passport in The Bahamas. If the person is visiting the jurisdiction, an
Emergency passport is issued by The Bahamas Embassy to facilitate the person’s return
to The Bahamas. If the person normally resides in the jurisdiction, the standard
procedure for applying for a new passport must be followed, and such applications will
be referred to the Passport Office.
21. Does the Embassy issue new Bahamian passports?
Answer: Yes, the Embassy issues new passports to citizens of The Bahamas. Eligible
persons can request an application form and it will be sent to them. The form should
be completed and returned to the Embassy with the supporting documents.
AUTHENTICATION OF LEGAL DOCUMENTS
22. If two foreigners get married in The Bahamas, how can they verify their marriage certificate?
Answer: Legal documents issued in The Bahamas for use outside The Bahamas—e.g.
Powers of Attorney, Certificates of Incorporation, Articles of Associations and Marriage
and Birth Certificates—require authentication.
Documents not issued by the Government of The Bahamas must be sealed and signed by
a licensed lawyer in The Bahamas. The document should then be forwarded to the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Bahamas for authentication. This process certifies
the signature of the local attorney.
In the event that a document has not been forwarded to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
of The Bahamas, the document must be authenticated by a Bahamas Embassy or
23. Could the Embassy recommend trustful business partners for foreigners hoping to invest in
Answer: No, the choice of business partners is at the absolute discretion of the overseas
investor. However, persons seeking joint venture partners may wish to contact The
Bahamas Chamber of Commerce or relevant sector organizations for information on
their members. Persons interested in investing in The Bahamas should contact The
Bahamas Investment Authority (ph. 242-327-5970). The Embassy can provide the
interested person with the National Investment Policy which sets out the areas of the
economy reserved for Bahamians and the areas where foreign investment is welcomed.
18 June 2010