Customs and Duties

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Customs and Duties

Customs allows you to bring in one liter of wine or liquor and one carton of cigarettes in addition to personal effects, purchases up to $100, and all the money you wish.

Certain types of personal belongings may get a raised eyebrow—an extensive collection of DVDs, for instance—if they suspect you may be planning to sell them while in the country. However, real hassles at immigration are rare, since officials realize tourists are the lifeblood of the economy.

You would be well advised to leave pets at home, unless you're considering a prolonged stay in the islands. An import permit is required from the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries for all animals brought into the Bahamas. The animal must be more than six months old. You'll also need a veterinary health certificate issued by a licensed vet. The permit is good for one year from the date of issue, costs $10, and the process must be completed immediately before departure.

U.S. residents who have been out of the country for at least 48 hours may bring home $800 worth of foreign goods duty-free, as long as they have not used the $800 allowance or any part of it in the past 30 days.

Contacts

Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources. 242/397–7400.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection. www.cbp.gov.

U.S. Embassy. 242/322–1181; www.nassau.usembassy.gov.

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