Frequently asked questions

Bahamas

Travel

The Bahamas has put in place travel and entry protocols to minimise the spread of Coronavirus and our guests need to apply for a "Bahamas Travel Health Visa". Visit this site for requirements and application: https://travel.gov.bs/

Visa Information

US, Canadian, UK and most European nationals do not require a visa to enter the Bahamas. For further information visit The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism website at https://www.bahamas.com/plan-your-trip/island-faq/visa-immigration. An overview of visa requirements for all nationalities can be downloaded from the 'Visiting the Bahamas' section of the 'Non-Residents' page on The Government of the Bahamas website: https://www.bahamas.gov.bs/

 

Transit Via the United States - ESTA or Visas 

If you are not a US resident and are travelling to the Bahamas via the United States, you will need to apply for an ESTA under the Visa Waiver Program or acquire a US transit visa.  IMPORTANT: All travellers wishing to enter the US under the VWP will need to hold a passport with an integrated chip (an ePassport). 

 

Passport Your passport should be valid for six months from the date of departure from the Bahamas. 

Yellow fever certificate requirements 

A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited more than 12 hours through the airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. An overview of the countries which this applies to can be downloaded here: Yellow Fever Rick Countries

Further information can be found under the Visiting the Bahamas section of The Government of The Bahamas website: Visiting the Bahamas - Vaccinations

We advise all guests to check the with their nearest travel health clinic for the latest vaccination advice, and to ensure that their vaccinations are up to date. Please make sure that you use insect repellent and cover exposed skin to prevent any insect borne diseases.

Country Information

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English is the official language of The Bahamas, with a local dialect called 'Bahamianese or Bahamian Dialect' being spoken colloquially. Bahamians are deeply religious and Christianity is the predominant religion practised in the country.

Bahamian Dollar (BSD) is the local currency, but USD is used readily. Cards are used throughout most of the country, especially in the tourist areas, but some of the smaller outter islands require cash for purchases. ATMs are readily available in any major town.

Local SIM cards with a data package can be purchased pre-cruise from US$35. The coverage will be great on the islands and close to the coast.

The Bahamas has a tropical climate an dis humid and hot throughout the year. The temperatures vary from 24 to 28 degrees with July & August being the warmest months and January & February the colder months. Most of the rainfall occurs between May and November.

While the public health systems is adequate, any serious illness/accident would require an airlift to the US.

There are two chambers in Nassau equipped to deal with hyperbaric emergencies. Please note, neither will accept patients with insurance coverage provided by DAN Americas

During Your Trip

Even though diving with sharks is very exciting and fun, it has inherent risks. The safety of our guests is paramount and we therefore adopt specific rules when diving with sharks in the Bahamas. To minimise the risks, all divers are required to follow the guidelines outlined in our Important Shark Diving Information: https://cloudfront.masterliveaboards.com/website-docs/Bahamas/Trip-Info/Bahamas-Important-Shark-Diving-Information.pdf

It is important that you use the right equipment t enjoy your shark diving experience and to ensure your safety. Please consult this guide https://cloudfront.masterliveaboards.com/website-docs/Bahamas/Trip-Info/Bahamas-Equipment-Guidelines.pdf to see if your equipment is suitable. We do have a large range of equipment in case you need to rent anything.

Our vessel is fitted for universal power outlets that can fit most of your electrical equipment. The vessel runs on 110V.

We have no Wi-Fi available on board and you will be out of range while at Tiger Beach (length varying on your itinerary). We have a satellite phone onboard for emergencies.

You can pay all your onboard extras by card or in cash (USD, EUR & GBP). Please note that cash payments not done in USD are subject to a cash fee.

Drones can be brought into the Bahamas with pre-approved permission. For more information, please visit http://www.bcaa.gov.bs

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