- Normal precautions
- High degree of caution
- Avoid non-essential travel
- Do not travel
- Safety and Security
- Local Laws and Customs
- Additional information
- Embassy Contact
Travel to The Bahamas
Current Entry Requirements for the Bahamas during the COVID-19 pandemic are available here
If you are in the Bahamas, you should monitor developments regularly and follow the advice of local authorities. See links to relevant websites below.
Ministry of Health, Government of Bahamas
General Travel Advice
Extreme Weather in the Caribbean Region
The Atlantic hurricane season generally runs from June to November each year and can also affect the eastern and southern USA with heavy rain, flooding and extremely high winds.
Citizens with plans to be in the affected region during this period should consider the need to travel based on information relating to extreme weather projections.
Safety and Security
Safety and Security
Safety and security
Although the threat from terrorism in Bahamas is low, there is still a global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by tourists and expatriates.
Crime remains relatively low in Bahamas but you should take sensible precautions:
•Don’t carry your credit card, travel tickets and money together - leave spare cash and valuables in a safe place.
•Don’t carry your passport unless absolutely necessary and leave a copy of your passport (and travel and insurance documents) with family or friends at home.
•Avoid showing large sums of money in public and don’t use ATMs after dark, especially if you’re alone. Check no one has followed you after conducting your business.
•Avoid dark and unlit streets and stairways, and arrange to be picked up or dropped off as close to your hotel or apartment entrance as possible.
•Keep a close eye on your personal belongings and hold on to them in public places such as internet cafés, train and bus stations.
Beware of pickpockets, muggers and bag snatchers, especially in areas where large numbers of people crowd together. Keep all valuables safe, secure and out of sight.
It’s not advisable to walk outside the main hotels, tourist areas, beaches and downtown Nassau, particularly after dark. The motive for attacks on tourists is usually robbery. In such cases, don’t attempt to resist.
If you’re a victim of a crime while in the Bahamas, report it to the local police immediately. And you can contact us at the Irish Embassy in Ottawa.
If you’re planning to drive in the Bahamas, you should be extremely careful. Traffic keeps to the left as in Ireland, however, most vehicles in the Bahamas are imported from the United States and are therefore left hand drive. If you want to drive:
•Bring your international or full Irish driving licence and make sure you have adequate and appropriate insurance
•Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is against the law and you risk being detained, fined or banned from driving if caught
•Keep your vehicle doors locked and your bags kept out of sight to prevent opportunistic bag-snatching if you’re stopped at traffic lights
Hiring a vehicle
If you’re hiring a vehicle, we advise you not to hand over your passport as a form of security. If you’re allowing your passport to be photocopied, keep it in your sight at all times.
Check that you have adequate insurance and read the small print of the vehicle hire contract (particularly any waiver that will come into effect if the vehicle is damaged).
Visitors should use only clearly marked taxis with yellow license plates.
The hurricane season in the Caribbean normally runs from July to October. You should pay close attention to local and international weather reports and follow the advice of local authorities. Always monitor local and international weather updates for the region by accessing, for example, the Weather Channel, or the US National Hurricane Centre website.
Local Laws and Customs
Local Laws and Customs
Local laws and customs
Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them. Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as your behaviour may be seen as improper, hostile or may even be illegal.
Illegal drug use (no matter what the drug) carries stiff penalties, including fines and long prison terms.
Check with your doctor well in advance of travelling to see if you need any vaccinations for this country.
There have been outbreaks of Zika Virus (a dengue-like mosquito-borne disease) in Central and South America and the Caribbean. Irish Citizens especially those with a weakened immune system or women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant are advised to follow guidance available on the website of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC).
Entry requirements (visa/passport)
Irish citizens don’t need a visa to enter the Bahamas.
All visitors are required to be in possession of a national passport or other acceptable travel document establishing nationality and identity, and bearing a photograph. The passport or other travel document must be valid for at least six (6) months from the intended date of travel.
As a tourist destination, international credit/debit cards all work on Bahamian ATM/ POS systems – some bank and casino ATM’s will also dispense US Dollars for international/ non-Bahamian cards.
The Bahamian Dollar is technically on a parity ratio of 1:1 , in respect of the US Dollar, but the Bahamas Central Bank does apply a Currency Exchange charge of approx. 2%.
If you need urgent assistance outside of working hours Monday to Thursday, you can contact the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin on +353 1 408 2000.
If you need urgent assistance during the weekend or on a public holiday, contact the Embassy and leave a message.
Embassy of Ireland
Suite 1105 (11th Floor)
130 Albert Street
Ontario K1P 5G4
Tel: +1 613 233 6281
Fax: +1 613 233 5835
Monday to Friday from 10.00am to 12.00pm and from 2.00pm until 4.00pm
Honorary Consulate Contact
Mr. William Mills
Honorary Consul of Ireland,
34 Collins Avenue,
PO Box SS-5091,
Tel: + 1 242 397 2100
Fax: + 1 242 323 3720
Email: Email us
Get travel and medical insurance
Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.