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Old 05-10-2019, 05:54 PM
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I have heard and read various opinions on this subject. Do kids, under the age of sixteen, need a US passport to travel to and from the Bahama's on a personal boat or can they get by with a long-form US birth certificate? Thanks for the help.
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Old 05-10-2019, 06:28 PM
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2 places to get this answer and this isnít one of them. But yes they do
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Old 05-10-2019, 07:52 PM
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Yes, you need one. Both parents generally have to be there, to prevent one parent from taking the kid to another country.
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Old 05-10-2019, 08:22 PM
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Yes, we even got one for my 1 year old to go in Jan of this year. Both parents will need to be present when completing the application. Most county courthouses can do this as a walk-in. The post office will also do passports but make you set an appointment which can be several months out depending on where you live.
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Old 05-10-2019, 09:19 PM
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Itís really not a huge problem to get your kids into the Bahamas without a passport. The question is how important it is to you to get them back out with you.

My answer to that varies a lot these days.
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Old 05-10-2019, 09:23 PM
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Yes, your kids need a passport. In fact remind your kids they are in a foreign country and never go anywhere on your boat or walk around with out one your person. We were in the Abacos a couple years ago and the Bahamian navy as it were , arrested a bunch of American tourists who were on a rented center console out of Treasure Cay when they were snorkeling. Why? Because the entire party was out there on the water and their passports were back in their rooms. It's often too easy to forget you're not in the US at times while going to the Abacos or Bimini or the Exumas. However, you are in another country and we always have our passports readily available be it on the land or the boat.
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Originally Posted by SmokyMtnGrady View Post
Yes, your kids need a passport. In fact remind your kids they are in a foreign country and never go anywhere on your boat or walk around with out one your person. We were in the Abacos a couple years ago and the Bahamian navy as it were , arrested a bunch of American tourists who were on a rented center console out of Treasure Cay when they were snorkeling. Why? Because the entire party was out there on the water and their passports were back in their rooms. It's often too easy to forget you're not in the US at times while going to the Abacos or Bimini or the Exumas. However, you are in another country and we always have our passports readily available be it on the land or the boat.
Is this firsthand information of from a friend of a friend? I ask because while our Defense Force can do some dumb things, it seems really hard to believe they expect you tocarry your passport everywhere you go, it would seem more litely they did not clear Bahamian customs/ immigrtion, and did not have a cruising permit, which happens alot.

But as to the opís question, yes everybody needs a passport.
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Is this firsthand information of from a friend of a friend? I ask because while our Defense Force can do some dumb things, it seems really hard to believe they expect you tocarry your passport everywhere you go, it would seem more litely they did not clear Bahamian customs/ immigrtion, and did not have a cruising permit, which happens alot.

But as to the opís question, yes everybody needs a passport.
I agree, the only time Iíve seen firsthand the Defense Force board an American boat, arrest all and seize the vessel was because they were there and did not clear in. Said boat had dive gear and seafood products onboard. They deserved it.
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Old 05-11-2019, 07:36 AM
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Yes, the passport book, not just the hard card.
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I can tell you from experience that in 2011 you could get into Mexico with a Florida drivers license. I can also tell you that a Florida drivers license WILL NOT get you back into the US. Don't ask how I know...
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Originally Posted by StPeteScarab View Post
I can tell you from experience that in 2011 you could get into Mexico with a Florida drivers license. I can also tell you that a Florida drivers license WILL NOT get you back into the US. Don't ask how I know...
That used to work, and not that long ago. You could literally walk across the border into mexico without even showing one. On the way back it was a hassle free re-entry. I had way more hassles coming back from canada than from mexico.
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Originally Posted by StPeteScarab View Post
I can tell you from experience that in 2011 you could get into Mexico with a Florida drivers license. I can also tell you that a Florida drivers license WILL NOT get you back into the US. Don't ask how I know...
How's living in Mexico?
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use caution. some countries take children from their parents who may lack proper documents and put them in "summer" camps.

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Both parents don’t need to be present, if your child is traveling with one parent, relative or a friend just make sure you have a notarized letter giving who ever permission the child is traveling with. Include the parents names and contact info for both Bahamian and US customs
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I am a US Citizen but a resident of the Bahamas, my son stays the summer with me and is required to have a passport to travel between the two countries. Children passports are only good for 5 years and you have to have both parents either be present or one parent with a form DS-3053 that is signed and notarized by the other parent with the application for a child passport. I had to take my ex to court and have a judge order her to get his passport 5 years ago... Once you have the passport then its easy to travel with children in the Bahamas.

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Old 05-11-2019, 09:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Denver Dave View Post
Yes, the passport book, not just the hard card.
Why? I have travel with my kids with just the card. The card is only good for land or sea, not valid for flying. Never had an issue. Just asking.
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Old 05-12-2019, 04:41 AM
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Originally Posted by jobowker View Post
Yes, you need one. Both parents generally have to be there, to prevent one parent from taking the kid to another country.
I have taken my kids to Bimini several times without their mother and yes they all have valid passports.
I take a notarized letter from their mom (ex-wife) giving me authorization. (Although I have never needed to show it to anyone)
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Originally Posted by seadar View Post
Both parents donít need to be present, if your child is traveling with one parent, relative or a friend just make sure you have a notarized letter giving who ever permission the child is traveling with. Include the parents names and contact info for both Bahamian and US customs
I think they were referring to applying for th passport.
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Old 05-12-2019, 05:35 AM
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When applying there is a form the other parent can sign and get notarized. That way only one needed when applying. Just did it in November at a office in the Coral square mall. Passports arrived a couple weeks later.
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