Originally Posted by nautical62
Regarding Memory Rock and checking in at Green Turtle:
Please see the many posts indicating that the Bahamian government
prefers people check in at West End and not cross the banks to check in at Green Turtle.
Seen a couple of posts with third hand info on this, but have not seen anything posted by the Bahamian Govt on stipulating you cant x banks and check in at Green Turtle.
Numerous vessels, private and commercial
, bypass West End and proceed direct to Abaco
, likewise bypass Grand Bahama and Bimini
, and check in at Great Harbour, or Chubb, or Nassau
. Norm is as long as you don't fish
, have Q flag up and don't touch ground your OK.
Entry into the Bahamas
must be made at one of the official Ports
of Entry, and the yellow Q flag should be flown within three miles of the port. Notify Customs
of your arrival and no one should go ashore until pratique has been granted. Clearance must be done on arrival (within 24 hours) and Customs
and Immigration will come to your vessel. Everyone on board must have a passport and fill out an immigration card.
This is the link to the Clearance Forms.
Regular hours for Bahamas
Customs and Immigration Officers are 09:00-16:00 weekdays. Officers are on call during holidays and weekends. There is no overtime charge.
The Bahamas can be transited without clearing in until arrival at a Port of Entry at a convenient time, but during transit do not enter a port or go ashore."