Best Bahama Vacations
Pilot Information For Private Pilots
What are the closest islands to Florida?
From Palm Beach / Miami / Ft. Lauderdale, Bimini is
only 50 nm and Grand Bahama Island only 60nm.
For map of all the airports check here
What equipment is required to fly to the islands?
a) You must have a Mode C transponder,
b) 12" tail numbers,
c) U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket for each person on board.
d) A life raft is not required, but is suggested.
What special procedures do I follow when departing the U.S.?
File an International or DVFR
Flight Plan and activate it in the air. Close the Flight Plan in the air prior to landing on 124.2 or 128.0 (Nassau
Radio) or if you are unable to, close with 1-800-WX-BRIEF or 242-377-7116 on the ground.
Is flight following required?
No, but you will be able to stay in contact with Miami Center
until they hand you off to Nassau approach.
Is fuel readily available, and how expensive is it?
Avgas is currently available at nine
airports in The Bahamas and you are never more than 20 minutes flying time away from fuel. You can check the price
of fuel HERE
Can I land at any airport?
You must land at an Airport of Entry (AOE) the first time you
enter the islands. Normal hours for Customs are 9:00a.m. - 5:30p.m. daily, check with the airport for specific
Can I arrive at night?
Instrument-rated pilots can fly IFR into Nassau or Freeport after
sunset. These are the only airports with instrument approaches at this time. Some other airports have lights for
emergency use, and others will be added in the near future.
What proof of citizenship is required?
You need a passport to enter The Bahamas, and to return
to the U.S.
What forms are required?
Complete three Inward Declaration and Cruising Permit forms (C7A). You
should keep one stamped copy with you for customs when traveling to other islands. In addition, an Arrival Report
is required at Nassau and Freeport, and at some other airports for twins. Each person also will complete a Bahamas
You can download your FORMS HERE
What fees can I expect?
a) Landing fees are waived for single engine aircraft at
all government-owned airports.
b) Twins pay a small fee from $4 to $15.
c) Private airports may charge landing/parking fees, usually $4 to $15.
d) The FBOs in Nassau and Freeport may charge ramp fees as well.
e) All persons pay a $25 departure tax, including pilot and co-pilot.
Are there any overtime fees?
There are no overtime fees for private, non-commercial
What about experimental aircraft?
A Standardized Validation has been approved for experimental
aircrafts, for the purpose of operating the United States or Canada ... registered amateur-built aircraft in
Bahamian airspace. Please call The Bahamas Tourist Office 1-800-327-7678 for a copy of the approval.
Can I bring my pet?
Yes, but you will need an Import Permit. You can download the FORM HERE or Call
Do I need to file a Flight Plan when flying between islands?
No, just be prepared to show your
Cruising Permit if there is Customs when you land.
What forms must be filed when departing?
Fill out two outbound General Declaration forms (C7),
surrender your copy of the immigration card and pay departure tax of $25 per person.
What kind of Flight Plan do I file when returning to the U.S.?
You will file an International
Flight Plan with 1-800-WX-BRIEF or Nassau Radio 124.2, 128.0. Once in the air, you must contact Miami Radio 15
minutes before penetrating the ADIZ, just past Bimini. Contact Flight Service on 126.7. They will give you a
discrete transponder code. Do not penetrate the ADIZ without this code.
Is ADCUS on the Flight Plan adequate notice for U.S. Customs?
No, you are required to contact
them at least 1 hour before arrival. A phone call is the only way to comply.
Do I have to land at any particular airport in the U.S.?
There are many convenient Florida
airports with U.S. Customs.
How can I get more complete information on all the airports and procedures?
The Bahamas &
Caribbean Pilots Guide is the complete source for all the information you will need. It can be purchased at many
Florida FBOs, or directly from Pilot Publishing at 1-800-521-2120 or 760-742-2281.
What numbers must you call for weather information?
Both in the U.S. and The Bahamas call
1-800-WX BRIEF, 242-377-7178 or 242-377-7116.