there doesn't seem to be any consistancy in the lenngth of time one gets for their bahamian visa. we've gotten 90 days to 8 mos. however last year the official who checked us in (in nassau) said she would handle both customs
and immigration papers. we asked for 6 mos. but she said she could only give us 90 days and we'd have to extend our visa at the end of that period. she did say however that we could go down to the nassau
immigration office the next day and get our extension immediately (i doubt that would have happened).
after about a month, i looked at our passport and saw that there was a customs
stamp on it w/ no date or initials---uh, oh--big problem. the cruising permit
had the same stamp (no date/unsigned) and we figured we'd better go to the george town immigration office to straighten this mess out.
wow!! this was a big deal for the officer to fix but after calls to the nassau
office and the marina we checked in at , lots of discussions and an hour later, the local officer took our suggestion and gave us the 90 day extension from the date it should have been so we wound up w/ 6 mos. the hard way.
i guess government
officials world wide are prone to the same screw ups that we all make...they are, afterall, just people!!