Originally Posted by dianaofburlingt
What is the trouble with having a bicycle? Is their point that it is a (motor) vehicle and will be operated (perhaps without benefit of license) on public ways? Or is it that it is a valuable object which could be sold
by the one who brings it into the country?
I carry a folding bike and have the Bahamas in my sights for 2014.
You know I was never quite sure why the big deal. Maybe concern about importing a bike and selling it and not paying duty? Since all the government
revenue comes from import duties (no income
tax) they are pretty sensitive about the subject.
However took our folding bikes and rode
them everywhere we went, even all over downtown Nassau
and no one noticed or cared. I also looked carefully at the bikes the locals were riding and didn't see any tags or markings to show they were registered or permitted in any way so how would anyone know if the one I was riding was "official" or not?
I would take them, ride them, don't ask and don't tell. Might keep them below folded up when you clear just in case one of the officials got curious.