Volunteers receive a special Bahamas immigration status when working at the station. Volunteers leaving the BBFS Station must leave the island, they may then return to the Bahamas for other activities unrelated to work at the Station. To enter the Bahamas, in all cases, a passport is required. BBFS volunteers must also have the ability to make multiple entries to the US.
A tourist visa is recommended for non- US or Canadian visitors staying longer than 90 days.
Please contact Bahamas consulate for visa requirements if you do not find the information you need here.
United States and Canada (Citizens)
As of January 1, 2007 US/CANADIAN CITIZENS now require a Passport, along with a
return or onward journey ticket (if using an electronic ticket, please show
Immigration a copy of the travel itinerary & ticket number) and proof of funds to
support visit (Stays not to exceed 8 months):
United States and Canada (Residents)
US RESIDENTS (not citizens) need the following:
ALIEN REGISTRATION CARD (also referred to as a GREEN CARD), without a
Bahamas Visa for visits not exceeding 30 days.
Though not required, a national passport (passport from country of origin) is
additionally recommended to facilitate processing. US/Alien Residents wishing
to stay longer than 30 days will require a valid national passport along with
a Bahamas Visa.
CANADIAN RESIDENTS/LANDED CANADIAN IMMIGRANTS (not citizens)
need the following:
VALID NATIONAL PASSPORT + CANADIAN IMMIGRATION RECORD FORM 1000, without a visa, for visits not exceeding 30 days.
Citizens From Other Countries (other than US or Canada)
Require the following (see chart below), along with a return or onward journey ticket (if using an electronic
ticket, please show Immigration a copy of the travel itinerary & ticket number)
and proof of funds to support visit. (Note: Unless otherwise stated (US &
Canada only), passports need to be current/valid).
NOTE: PASSPORT refers to a valid passport from the individual's country of
birth; VISA refers to a Bahamas Visa only. If a person is born in one country and
resident in another (other than US or Canada), the documentation required is
based upon the country of birth.
Passport & Visa
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Burkina Faso (Upper Volta)
Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic
Cape Verde Islands
Central African Republic
China (People's Republic)
Comoros (Fed. & Islamic)
Congo/ Zaire (See Congo)
Croatia (Republic of)
Haiti Rep. of Ghana (BC)
Hong Kong (China))
Hungary (Republic of)
India (Republic of)
Madgascar (Republic of)
Nigeria (Fed. Republic of)
Poland (Republic of)
Sao Tome & Principe
United Arab Emirates
Vietnam (Socialist Rep)
Switzerland Antigua & Barbuda
Macau (Portuguese) Portuguese
Netherlands / Holland (Antilles)
Papua New Guinea
Reunion (French D.O.M.)
Saint Kitts & Nevis
Saint Martin (French)
Saint Maarten (Dutch)
Saint Vincent & Grenadines
Sri Lanka / Ceylon
Trinidad & Tobago
Turks & Caicos
West Indies (British/French)
Passport / No Visa for 14 day stay
Passport / No Visa for 3 Month stay
Passport/No Visa for 8-month stay
Netherlands (Kingdom of)
United Kingdom/Great Britain
Visa Waiver Program (VWP)
The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables citizens of participating countries to travel to the U.S. for tourism or business for 90 days or less without obtaining a U.S. visa.
Currently there are 29 participating countries in the VWP: Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brunei, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Uruguay.
To enter the U.S. on VWP, travelers from participating countries must:
Have a valid passport issued by the participating country and be a citizen (not merely a resident) of that country;
Be seeking entry for 90 days or less as a temporary visitor;
If entering by air or sea, have a round-trip transportation ticket issued on a carrier that has signed an agreement with the U.S. government to participate in the VWP, and arrive in the United States aboard a carrier.
Have proof of financial solvency and hold a completed and signed visa waiver arrival/departure form (I-94W), on which he/she has waived the right to a hearing of exclusion or deportation. These forms are available from participating carriers, from travel agents, and at land-border ports-of-entry. (Travelers should consult carriers to verify which ones are participating before making travel arrangements.)
Entry at a land border crossing point from Canada or Mexico is permitted under the VWP. Travelers who apply for entry at a land border crossing point are not required to present round-trip transportation tickets or arrive at the border entry point aboard a carrier who has signed an agreement with the U.S. to participate in the VWP. All other VWP requirements apply to such travelers.
Length of Stay
Visitors applying for entry under this program are allowed to remain 90 days. No extensions of stay can be granted, and VWP travelers cannot change their status. Travelers coming under the VWP cannot work or study.
Some Citizens of a VWP Country May Need a Visa
Certain travelers still need to apply for a visa such as those who plan to work or study in the U.S., stay more than 90 days, or who might otherwise be ineligible for a visa.
Travelers previously denied visas, or who have criminal records, or who believe they may be ineligible to enter the U.S. on the VWP, should contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate before attempting to travel on the VWP.