Bahamas: Various travel information
How do you get to the Bahamas?
The Bahamas can usually be reached from Germany by plane. but also numerous cruise ships moor there for a short stopover.
Some flight connections
- British Airways from Germany via London
- LTU from Düsseldorf and Munich via Miami
- Delta Airlines via Atlanta
- Lufthansa via Miami
- Swiss from Zurich via Miami
All flights go to Nassau.
The national airlines also operate from Miami:
- Bahamasair (www.bahamasair.com)
- Continental Airlines (www.continental.com)
Passenger ships and ferries operate the following routes:
- New York – Nassau
- Miami – Nassau
- Fort Lauderdale/Florida – Freeport/Grand Bahama
- Fort Lauderdale – Nassau
- Fort Lauderdale (Everglades/Harbor) – Freeport on Grand Bahama
From Nassau there are still direct connections to the USA, the West Indies, Great Britain and South America.
Travel in the country
Island hopping by airplane is ideal between the important islands. The view of the archipelago from above is worth the flight alone. Bahamasair, Abaco Air, Cat Island Air Ltd, Cherokee, Flamingo Air, Major’s Air Charter, Southern Air Charter and Take Flight Charter offer island hopping.
Jitney is the name of the regular bus service that can be used to take tours of the large islands such as New Providence and Grand Bahama. The buses only run during the day.
To visit uninhabited or small islets, it is best to rent a boat. Several times a week there is also a mail boat from Nassau to Freeport/ Grand Bahama Island. In addition to the post office, passengers are also taken there. Bookings at www.mailboatbahamas.com. Ferries run daily between Nassau, North Eleuthera and Harbor Island and twice a week from Nassau to Governor’s Harbor. Line: Bahamas Ferry Services Ltd.: www.www.bahamasferries.com
The road network is excellent. However, there is left-hand traffic.
car Rental cars are very popular in the Bahamas. However, the driver must be over 21 years old, a national driver’s license is sufficient, but a credit card is required.
There is left-hand traffic in the Bahamas. To avoid trouble with the police or even the courts, drivers should strictly adhere to the traffic regulations in force in the country. Regardless of the information given here, it is advisable to obtain more detailed information from the ADAC or the AvD.
International license plate
According to Abbreviationfinder, the Bahamas international license plate is:
Bahamas Ministry of Tourism
Market Plaza, Bay Street
PO Box N-3701
Tel: 001- (0) 242 – 302 20 00
Bahamas: entry and exit regulations
Tourists are only allowed to enter the country if they have a return ticket and sufficient financial means to finance their stay in the country themselves. When entering Germany with a passport that must be valid for 6 months, German citizens usually receive a visa valid for three months. Requests for a longer stay must be directed to the Immigration Office. Children’s ID cards are recognized. If the entry is via the USA, a machine-readable passport (also for the children) must be available.
Issuing of visas in Germany
Honorary Consulate of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas
Tel: 0049- (0) 30 – 409 00 41 07
Foreign exchange, goods, customs notices
The currency of the Bahamas is the Bahamian dollar:
1 Bahamian dollar = 100 cents
The US dollar is also accepted as an official form of payment, as the Bahamian dollar is pegged to the US dollar.
- Approval from the Central Bank of the Bahamas is required to import local currency.
- The import of foreign currencies is unlimited.
- Persons residing outside the Bahamas: Maximum export of local currency: 70 B- $.
- The export of foreign currencies is unlimited.
- Approval from the Central Bank of the Bahamas is required to export foreign currency.
There are ATMs at the airports, in banks and in casinos on the large islands.
Credit cards, Diners Club, Eurocard, Visa, MasterCard and American Express.
Travelers checks, issued in US dollar travelers checks.
handicrafts made from straw, jewelery made from sea shells and wood carvings.
The import and export of weapons, ammunition or explosives is strictly prohibited. In addition, the import and export of plants and animals protected under the Washington Species Protection Act is prohibited. Violation can result in severe penalties.
In the Bahamas, the following infectious diseases are to be expected in Germany or Central and Northern Europe:
- Malaria, there is no risk of malaria in the country.
- AIDS, HIV
- Amoebic dysentery
- Bacterial agitation
- Ciguatera fish poisoning
- Dengue fever disease
- Intestinal infectionsThese can be caused by contaminated food or water, such as amoeba, lamblia, salmonella, shigella and worm infestation as well as all kinds of viruses and bacteria.
- Hepatitis A and BInfection with hepatitis B is only possible in people who can come into contact with blood or those who have sexual contact.
when traveling to the Bahamas, the following vaccinations are recommended.
- Diphtheria, a vaccination against diphtheria should always exist, also in the home country.
- Hepatitis A and B, vaccination against hepatitis B, is only required for people who may come into contact with blood or who are looking for sexual contact.
- Meningococcal meningitis
- Tetanus, a vaccination against tetanus, should always exist, also in the home country.
- Typhoid, but only in travelers who may come into contact with polluted water or contaminated food.
There is a compulsory vaccination against a yellow fever disease for all persons who come from an area of yellow fever infected by the WHO.
- Yellow fever vaccination of children
In most countries where a yellow fever vaccination is mandatory, this also applies to children over a year old, in some countries even from six months. It should be noted: When vaccinated against yellow fever, there were a number of side effects such. B. Encephalitis. About two thirds of those affected were children under six months. Therefore, under no circumstances should children under this age be vaccinated. But children under one year of age should also not be vaccinated if possible. If in doubt, yellow fever infection areas must then be avoided. Any vaccination against yellow fever may only be carried out in specially authorized yellow fever vaccination centers!
Hazards/current warning notices
Foreign Office (AA) of the Federal Republic of Germany
Telephone: 0049 – (0) 30 – 5000 – 2000
The country belongs to a region in which destructive storms occur again and again. These usually surprise the residents of the Caribbean between April and October. The worst hurricane to hit the islands so far was Hurricane Dorian, which left a trail of devastation in early September 2019 and killed around 20 people.
Bahamas: embassies, consulates
Visit Countryaah for a full list of Bahamas embassies and consulates in each country around the world.
Representations of the Bahamas in Germany
The embassy in London is responsible.
Embassy of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas
10 Chesterfield Street, Bahamas House
London, W1XS 8AH
Tel: 0044 – (0) 207 – 40 84 488
German representations in the Bahamas
The embassy in Jamaica is responsible .
Honorary Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany
c/o Banque SCS Alliance, Alliance House, East Bay Street
PO Box N 1724
Tel: 001 – (0) 242 – 394 61 61
Austrian representations in the Bahamas
The embassy in the USA is responsible.
Honorary Consulate in Nassau
Winton Meadows, Everglades Road No. 14/off Holly Road
PO Box: SS6138
Tel: 001 – (0) 242 – 364 32 97
001 – (0) 242 – 365 00 00
Representations of the Bahamas in Austria
The Bahamas do not have a diplomatic representation in Austria.
Representations of Switzerland in the Bahamas
Swiss Consulate in Nassau
West Bay Street and Sea View Drive
Tel: 001 – (0) 242 – 302 22 00
Representations of the Bahamas in Switzerland
Consulate in Zurich
Not occupied at the moment.