Exporting to The Bahamas
In this section, you’ll find an quick description of The Bahamas as an export market and some suggestions for getting started.
Register your company with the U.S. Commercial Service and identify your nearest U.S. Export Assistance Center. This process will help you to evaluate your export readiness, locate training programs, and access overseas market research.
Visit The Bahamas’ Commercial Service Partner Post page for an overview of economic opportunities, to access resources, and navigate the trade environment in The Bahamas. Visit https://www.trade.gov/all-services for a listing of the types of export/investment assistance available from Embassy Nassau under a U.S. Commercial Service agreement.
Investing in The Bahamas
Potential investors: Getting Started
If you are considering investment in The Bahamas, here are some steps you may wish to consider as you get started:
- Ensure your market research on The Bahamas includes a review of the S. Department of State 2022 Investment Climate Statement: The Bahamas and the U.S. Department of Commerce 2022 Country Commercial Guide: The Bahamas.
- Visit the Bahamas Investment Authorityto access regulatory information and requirements for foreign investment in The Bahamas.
- Register with U.S. Embassy Nassau. If you are planning a visit to consider investment, let us know by sending an email to NassauCommercialDL@state.gov.
- Subscribe to our Facebook page to stay up to date with Embassy events and alerts.
Current investors: Staying Connected
If you are a current U.S. investor in The Bahamas, the U.S Embassy wants to stay in touch. Here are a few steps you can take to keep the channels of communication open:
- Register with the U.S. Embassy. If you are active in The Bahamas, let us know by sending an email to NassauCommercialDL@state.gov.
- Reach out to the local American Chamber of Commerce and consider active membership. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
- Set up a meeting with our Economic and Commercial Team to discuss any issues that arise. Contact NassauCommercialDL@state.gov.
- Add us to your mailing lists – we are always happy to stay informed.
- Subscribe to our Embassy Facebook page to stay up to date with Embassy events and alerts.
Working in The Bahamas
In this section you will find information on business visas, travel advisories, and anti-corruption tools.
Visas and Work Permits
A passport, valid for at least eight months from the date of entry, is required for U.S. citizens. U.S. citizens do not require a visa to enter and conduct business activities. While this list is not exhaustive, as a business visitor you may:
- Attend meetings
- Attend or participate in a trade fair
- Organize or speak at a conference
- Conduct interviews
Certain activities, whether paid or unpaid, may constitute work under Bahamian laws even if conducted for a short duration. The requirements for work authorization depend on your qualifications, on the nature and duration of your work, and on whether your employer has a legal entity in the Bahamas. Most common types of work authorization for the Bahamas are:
- Short Term Work Permit (work authorization for stays for 1 to 90 days)
- Long Term Work Permit (work authorization for stays greater than 90 days)
Check the current State Department travel advisory for The Bahamas before travel.
The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
The FCPA is an important anti-corruption tool designed to discourage corrupt business practices in favor of free and fair markets. The FCPA prohibits promising, offering, giving, or authorizing giving anything of value to a foreign government official where the purpose is to obtain or retain business. These prohibitions apply to U.S. persons, both individuals and companies, and companies that are listed on U.S. exchanges. The statute also requires companies publicly traded in the U.S. to keep accurate books and records and implement appropriate internal controls.
A party to a transaction seeking to know whether a proposed course of conduct would violate the FCPA can take advantage of the opinion procedure established by the statue. Within 30 days of receiving a description of a proposed course of conduct in writing, the Office of the U.S. Attorney General will provide the party with a written opinion on whether the proposed conduct would violate the FCPA. Not only do opinions provide the requesting party with a rebuttable presumption that the conduct does not violate the FCPA, but DOJ publishes past opinions which can provide guidance for other companies facing similar situations.