Bahamas Wedding Destination Guide

Beach Wedding - Compass Point, New Providence
Compass Point, New Providence

The Islands Of The Bahamas is a 100,000-sq-mile archipelago that extends over 500 miles of the clearest water in the world. 700 islands, including uninhabited cays and large rocks, total an estimated land area of 5,382 sq miles, and register a highest land elevation of 206 ft. Most notable, however, is that each island has it's own diversity that continues beyond geography, carrying through to the heart of The Bahamas, the Bahamian people. These are The Islands Of The Bahamas.

Nassau is the home of the Bahamian national capital, New Providence, and is the bustling hub that traces its heritage back to the shipwrecking days of the legendary pirate Blackbeard. Prized for its sheltered harbour, the city made history and preserved it beautifully in colonial mansions, cathedrals, 18th-century fortresses and a Queen's Staircase whose 66 steps lead to a view not to be missed.

The 685 acres of Paradise Island are connected to the city of Nassau by two 600-foot bridges. The island is developed almost exclusively to accommodate travelers, with resorts, hotels, restaurants, shops, a golf course, an aquarium, and a casino rounding out the amenities.

{Credit: Bahamas Ministry of Tourism}

Entry Requirements

All nationals of foreign countries residing in or visiting The Bahamas must hold valid national passports.

Exceptions are for visiting citizens of the US, Canada, The UK and its colonies. US citizens must show proof of citizenship such as a birth certificate or naturalization certificate. Visas are required by all persons entering The Bahamas except:

  • British Commonwealth citizens and landed immigrants of Canada for visits not exceeding 30 days if in possession of form 100,
  • US citizens entering as bona fide visitors for a stay not exceeding eight months,
  • alien residents of the US who, upon arrival are in possession of US alien registration cards for visits not exceeding 30 days,
  • nationals of the following countries for visits not exceeding 14 days; Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela,
  • nationals of the following countries for visits not exceeding three months; Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Republic of Irleand, South Africa, and Sweden,
  • Nationals of the following countries; Belgium, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, San Marino, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey,
  • Persons in possession of a valid residence or work permit issued by the director of immigration,
  • Persons in transit

Tourism Offices

The Tourism Offices can often help provide specific details about wedding planning in Bahamas.

Bahamas Ministry of Tourism PO Box N-3701 Nassau New Providence Bahamas

Tel: 242 302 2000 or 1 800 BAHAMAS Fax: 242 322 0945

Email: info@bahamas.com Web: www.bahamas.com

 

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