Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative
The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative went into effect on June 1, 2009. The WHTI requires that citizens entering the United States via air, sea or land must present WHTI-compliant documents, including passports or a passport card. Countries included in the WHTI sphere include Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean region, Bermuda and the United States.
Obtaining a Passport
The State Department recommends that you apply well in advance of needing a passport to travel. You can read about the requirements for a passport and a passport card at the State Department website (see Resources).
The passport card can only be used to enter the United States via land or sea. It may not be used for air travel. If you do not currently hold a passport, you must apply in person.
U.S. Resident Requirements
If you are a permanent resident of the United States, you must present your Alien Registration Card (Green Card) and the passport from your country of birth. If you plan to stay in the Bahamas for more than 30 days, you must apply for a visa.
If you will be traveling in less than 14 days or require a passport for visa purposes within four weeks, you should make an appointment at a regional passport agency (see Resources).