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Visa-Free Travel Notice

Bahamian travelers departing Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau by air may apply for admission without a visa if they meet the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Preclearance requirements.  However, CBP has the final authority to determine eligibility to enter the United States. Visa-free travel is not available to Bahamian citizens entering the United States from any other international border crossing, those entering via boat, those only transiting the United States, nor individuals traveling to the United States to embark on a cruise.

What is a Visa?

A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport, a travel document issued by the traveler’s country of citizenship or nationality.

Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa if they meet the requirements for visa-free travel under the Visa Waiver Program.  The Visa section of this website is all about U.S. visas for foreign citizens to travel to the United States.  If you cannot find what you are looking for here, please visit Travel.State.gov for additional information.

Note: U.S. citizens do not need a U.S. visa for travel to the United States, but when planning travel abroad a U.S. citizen may need a visa issued by the embassy or consulate of the country they wish to visit.

Do You Already Know What Type of Visa You Need?

For nonimmigrant visas, you can go directly to the online application for the DS-160; or for immigrant visas, directly to the USCIS site for the relevant forms.  If you are unsure, please use the Visa Wizard below to help you determine your visa type.

Need to Contact Us?

Contact the Consular Section using our Visas Navigator, or visit our Local Information page for more visa-related guidance. Select one of the options below:

Expiration of Covid-Era Machine-Readable Visa (MRV) Fee Receipts 

Schedule your visa interview before your application fee expires.

Check your receipt! If you paid your visa application fee before October 1, 2022, and have not scheduled an interview yet, book now!

Visa applicants typically have 365 days from the date of payment to schedule an appointment before the payment expires. Certain extensions were granted during the COVID-19 pandemic, but these extensions expire September 30.  If you paid your fee prior to October 1, 2022, you must schedule an interview (or submit your interview waiver application, if you are eligible) before September 30, 2023. If you don’t, you may have to pay the fee again!  

NOTE:  The interview itself does NOT need to take place before September 30, 2023, but an appointment must be scheduled in the system, even if it is for months into the future. 

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