IMPORTANT INFO

PRE CLEARANCE/AIR TRAVEL

Because U.S Customs and Immigration are cleared at the Lyden Pindling International airport, it is advised that persons traveling to the United States arrive at airport three hours before flight time.

BANKING

Banking hours are Monday- Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

ATM Machines are located on all major islands.

BOATING

Checklist for boaters before setting sail to The Bahamas:

  • Charts of The Bahamas for Navigation/GPS
  • Fuel (appropriate quantity for trip & extra)
  • Food & provisions
  • Dock Reservations
  • Dockliners and fenders
  • Engine & equipment serviced and fully operational
  • Appropriate spare parts
  • Quarantine flag (Yellow Flag)
  • VHF Marine Radio/Spare Floatable Hand Held Radio
  • 30/50 Amp splitters (if needed)
  • Proper Boat Ownership/Registration Documents
  • Proof of Citizenship-Passport
  • Coast Guard approved safety gear (as required per size/type of vessel)

CLOTHING

Casual summer wear can be worn during the day any time of the year; but be sure to bring a jacket or sweater for cooler evenings from December to February. Most hotels/restaurants/casinos require jackets for men in the evening, especially in more cosmopolitan areas, such as Nassau and Freeport/Lucaya.

Though walking the streets in swim trunks in mid-January might sound irresistible, beach clothing is inappropriate on the streets, in churches, restaurants and casinos. Away from beach or pool areas, you are expected to cover your bathing suit with shorts or a long shirt. In the more laid-back remote areas, the dress code is more flexible.

COMMUNICATIONS

The US and Canada are a direct-dial call away and most hotels provide direct-dialing service from your room or conference center.

Both visitors and business travelers will find that telecommunication services on The Islands Of The Bahamas are comparable with the service found in most developed nations. A 100% digital switching system allows direct-distance dialing to more than 100 countries. The US and Canada are a direct-dial away and most hotels provide direct-dialing service from guest rooms and/or the conference centre. The Bahamas Telephone Company (BTC) provides a variety of services beyond telephony. Also provided are fax, telex, Internet, cellular, private line service, satellite and radio leasing and an improved VHF-FM radio telephone service that allows you to contact ships at sea. You can save money on long-distance calls by purchasing phone cards. These have great rates to the US and Canada and can be found at any BTC location in Nassau/Paradise Island, Grand Bahama Island or The Out Islands.

For those who refuse to be unleashed from their cell phones, it is very easy to stay connected while visiting The Islands Of The Bahamas. BTC has in place roaming agreements with 128 companies worldwide. Roaming rates for the United States and Canada are $2.24 per minute and is billed through your home service provider. To access BTC's GSM roaming system simply turn on your phone and wait while it connects to the network. To verify if your home service provider is a roaming partner with BTC or for country specific roaming rates, visit btcbahamas.com.

CURRENCY

The Bahamian dollar is held on par with the US dollar and both are accepted interchangeably throughout the islands. Credit cards and travelers checks are accepted at most locations on Nassau/Paradise Island and Grand Bahama Island. +PLUS and Cirrus ATMs can be found at banks on Nassau/Paradise Island, Grand Bahama Island and on most of the major Out Islands.

DUTY-FREE SHOPPING

Most of the major islands have duty-free shopping on cameras, binoculars and telescopes, china and crystal, watches and clocks, jewelry, perfumes, fine linens and tablecloths, liquor and leather goods. Savings on these items are between 25-50% below US prices.

You can find local arts and crafts in straw markets and specialty shops, or in Nassau's Festival Place, Paradise Island's Bahama Craft Center and Grand Bahama Island's Port Lucaya Marketplace.

HEALTH & SEFETY

Inoculations are not required unless traveling to The Islands Of The Bahamas from an infected area.
While in The Bahamas, you can have peace of mind knowing that there are facilities available to serve your health-related and pharmacy needs. The medical facilities on the islands, especially Nassau/Paradise Island and Grand Bahama Island, are staffed with North American and European-trained physicians.

EMERGENCY NUMBERS

POLICE/FIRE

MEDICAL EMERGENCIES

AAS LifeFlight(Air Ambulance)

DOCTORS HOSPITAL

Ambulance Services

ACCIDENT EMERGENCY

PMH

NATIONAL EMERGENCY

Medical Services

Med Evac

PMH Hospital

Red Cross

Bahamas Hyperbaric Center

Time Zone

In March of 2007, The Bahamas adopted a new policy for Daylight Saving Time. As a result, Daylight Saving Time will commence at 2:00 a.m. on the second Sunday in March and will continue until 2:00 a.m. on the first Sunday in November.


This is the same daylight savings policy practiced in Australia, Canada and the United States.

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