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Bahamas Customs Processing Fees

Effective July 1st, 2013, the Customs Department, under the direction of the Ministry of Finance of the Government of the Bahamas, instituted a fee for the handling and processing of documents required for international travel, regardless of the time of day.

As a result, after July 1st, 2013, each and every international flight arriving at any airport in the Bahamas regardless of whether or not the flight is transporting passengers or cargo "for hire", or flying in to pick up passengers or cargo for a return flight to the U.S., is required to pay $75.00 for the inbound portion of the flight, as well as an additional $75.00 for outbound portion of the flight.

When chartering, what this means is, each "one-way" charter flight originating in the U.S. and terminating in the Bahamas, or originating the the Bahamas and terminating in the U.S. is subject to the payment of two processing fees - one upon landing in the Bahamas and one before departing the Bahamas - for a total of $150.00.

With this understanding, when a "round trip" charter travels in one direction on one date and travels in the opposite direction on another subsequent date, the charterer will be responsible for the payment of $300 - $150 times two - as these charters are, in reality, two separate "one-way" charter flights.

Bahamian Customs and Immigration Overtime Fees

On July 1st, 2010, the Bahamian Government "officially" revised the normal working hours of their Customs and Immigration officials from the former 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday, to the "new" hours of 9 AM to 5 PM, seven day per week, excluding, of course, any Official Bahamian Holidays.

All charter rates and passenger tickets include the following taxes and fees assessed each passenger.

Bahamian Customs and Immigration overtime fee - $63.00
Assessed any day for flights arriving or departing before 9:00 am
Assessed any day for flights arriving or departing after 5:00 pm
Assessed on all Bahamian Holidays .

Departing the United States: U.S. International Air Travel Facility Tax - $17.50

Returning to the United States:
U.S. International Air Travel Facility Tax - $17.50
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Facility Use Fee - $3.50
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Inspection Fee - $5.50
U.S. Immigration Processing Fee - $7.00
U.S. Agricultural Inspection Fee - $5.00