Passport Requirements for a Cruise to the Bahamas

Passport Requirements for a Cruise to the Bahamas
The Bahamas present unlimited excitement for the adventure traveler--beautiful beaches, gorgeous trails to hike, water sports and more. When planning for your trip, work ahead to ensure that your passport is in order so you can have a memorable, fun experience.


All persons traveling between the United States and the Bahamas require passports (children must have their own passports). As of June 1, 2009, this requirement was extended to visitors arriving on cruise ships as well.


Passport photos must be exactly 2" x 2", printed in color, on thin photo paper, with your face taking up approximately 1" x 1 3/8" of the picture. In your photo (which may not be older than six months), you may wear glasses (but ensure there is no flash reflection), but hats and headgear are not allowed.

Page Requirements

If your passport is nearing full status, you may need to request extra pages. The Bahamas requires two to four blank pages.


Passports are valid for ten years if the issuee is 16 years or older (passports are valid for five years for people 15 years or younger). If you will need to renew your passport before your trip to the Bahamas, try to renew it six to nine months in advance to save rush fees and worry.


The Bahamas may deny entry if your passport is damaged, mutilated, missing pages, or expired. Make sure you leave enough time to renew/replace your passport before traveling.

Article Written By Filonia LeChat

Fionia LeChat is a technical writer whose major skill sets include the MS Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher), Photoshop, Paint, desktop publishing, design and graphics. LeChat has a Master of Science in technical writing, a Master of Arts in public relations and communications and a Bachelor of Arts in writing/English.

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