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Old 05-29-2019, 06:59 PM
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Here we go again. The Bahamas government just approved to change their entry fee structure.
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Old 05-29-2019, 07:09 PM
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Originally Posted by twotall View Post
Here we go again. The Bahamas government just approved to change their entry fee structure.
America should do the same.
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Old 05-29-2019, 08:34 PM
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Thatís a heck of a quantity discount. Itís $50/month for the 3 month permit but $333/month if you supersize to the 12 month plan. Gotta love those efficiencies!
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Old 05-29-2019, 08:48 PM
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Thatís a heck of a quantity discount. Itís $50/month for the 3 month permit but $333/month if you supersize to the 12 month plan. Gotta love those efficiencies!
Based on size and length of stay, so presumably the 4000 is for a mega yacht staying for 12 months. Hopefully the 150 for 3 months will cover most smaller boats - that would work out better for most of us and may encourage more trips.

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the most interesting part is the on-line feature, I doubt they will let us clear without the possibility of an inspection and stamping of passports. let's see
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I would certainly pay more, if we would check in on line prior to the trip. Then we could fish before we made land fall at the end of the first day.
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Old 05-30-2019, 07:56 AM
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So what are the actual fees going to be? That text is not real clear.

I was a little annoyed when my buddy boat in his 34' paid half what I paid for my 38'. A really big sporty or yacht would pay the same as I did.

I don't mind at all paying to visit. But they could structure it to make more sense. A more sliding scale with size of boat and how long there, number of souls, etc.
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Old 05-30-2019, 08:12 AM
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I don't go there anymore....cruise the Keys....Glades....etc
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Old 05-30-2019, 08:17 AM
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So if the cruising permit is valid for 3 months, rather than the I believe 3 entries currently, would that mean you pay once in say May and can come and go all summer on the same cruising permit?

The online option is certainly interesting, we'll see how they implement it though...
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Old 05-30-2019, 08:47 AM
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Pay once for 3 mos to come/go sounds pretty good (dep bring on what they actually charge). Especially if it were done completely online and you didnít need to go check in.
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Old 05-30-2019, 09:03 AM
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the bahamas are just flat-out adamant about not wanting american $ over there with their insane difficulty in access, entry, etc. i have no desire to fish there and even know folks that sold their house their and moved to duck key cuz of it. u should be able to get entry fees paid online form your phone w/ paypal.
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Old 05-30-2019, 09:07 AM
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Originally Posted by alacrity View Post
the most interesting part is the on-line feature, I doubt they will let us clear without the possibility of an inspection and stamping of passports. let's see
I agree. They'll want to do an inspection... although I guess they could implement a "boarding" scenario where they can board you whenever they want.

The part that leaves me scratching my head is -- if it were to really go online (I don't think it ever will) -- then what happens to all the guys that collect the money? And, what about the goings-on with respect to the "differences" in the fees collected?

Hard for me to wrap my head around it. It would be nice...
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Old 05-30-2019, 09:18 AM
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I fully support the change and a more of a structured entry program.
The boats that do multiple trips for wahoo and tuna season will benefit from more entries per permit.
The large yachts that have to pay the big yearly permits won't care nor will the charter boats.... If the boss man/charter guests wants to go see the swimming pigs then they will see it at whatever the cost!
Streamlined online payments leading to quicker entry isn't a bad thing either.
The Illegal charter boats from shouldn't care either seeing as they don't pay the 4% charter tax anyway.
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Old 05-30-2019, 09:37 AM
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Pretty skeptic on their future implementation of on-line system, but if they change it to $150 for a 3 months period rather than every 2 entries, I will come very well ahead...
I've been crossing 4 and 5 times (or more) easily every year...
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Old 05-30-2019, 09:58 AM
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Best part of an online checkin would be heading straight to the Channel or Cay Sal without going to the islands first.
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Originally Posted by seaquin View Post
Best part of an online checkin would be heading straight to the Channel or Cay Sal without going to the islands first.
I guarantee thatís not going to be part of the deal
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Originally Posted by alacrity View Post
the most interesting part is the on-line feature, I doubt they will let us clear without the possibility of an inspection and stamping of passports. let's see
They may get the Cruising Permit on-line. However you will still need to clear in person for Immigration, just like every other country including the US. Here are no plans for an Bahamian type on-line ROAM system.
So you will save a little paper work on coming in but will still have to clear at an entry point.
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Originally Posted by MiamiJay View Post
Thatís a heck of a quantity discount. Itís $50/month for the 3 month permit but $333/month if you supersize to the 12 month plan. Gotta love those efficiencies!
This is aimed at long term cruisers (Sailboats mostly) and expats living part time or full time in the Bahamas.
The Gov. wants more than $300 from the sail-boaters that stay 6-9 months, live on their boats and bring most of their provisions with them, putting few dollars into the economy. Basically if you want to visit, you're gone to need to pay!
With CC w/ triples or Quads costing $1 to $2 million, no non Bahamians (Expats) are registering their new boats considering the existing 10% tax + 12 VAT +misc. fees. They bring them over, pay $300 and keep them here for a year. Go back once a year or get an annual renewal for $500 (Can only do this twice.) The Gov. is plugging the loop hole. Again: if you want to visit (stay), you're gone to need to pay!

It is getting expensive to live in Paradise!
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Old 05-30-2019, 11:46 AM
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I believe they will get the online part down. We can actually pay our power bill online.
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Old 05-30-2019, 11:58 AM
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Did I miss something? A mention of number of people on board, are they going to charge by individuals?
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