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Upon arrival at NASSAU International Airport (NAS) you will be asked to fill out a Bahamian Immigration Card. This is usually available onboard your flight, but you can find them in the immigration area at the writing desks. You'll go through Bahamian Immigration at this point, and your passport (YOU MUST HAVE A VALID U.S. PASSPORT) will be stamped and marked for the # of days you are allowed to stay in the bahamas. (This information is taken from your immigration card). Once you are through immigration, you'll find tour desks in the entrance. You can pick up information and newsletters here. Follow to the right to pick up your luggage at the marked carousel. Bahamian Customs agents are waiting for inspection nearby. Most agents just flag you through, some ask if you have anything to declare. If you are not carrying illegal items, or something that needs to be declared, just answer truthfully and walk through. This process is very quick. Most days this whole process takes less than 1/2 hour.
Taxi cabs and Shuttle Vans are lined up outside the arrivals building. Those with vouchers will be asked to head to the left to meet your van. Otherwise, you'll be loaded into taxis for travel to your destination. Although fares are set, (check the posted rates in the Arrivals area) make sure you and your driver agree on a price BEFORE you get into the cab. Fares are subject to change by the taxi union.
The Departure process on most days is long and tedious. Please leave at least 3 hours to go through this process. The Airport needs a good overhaul, but in the meantime, you don't want to miss your flight.
Whether you take a Taxi or Shuttle to the Departures area, you'll likely meet with long lines and cranky travelers. You'll check in with your airline at the first check point. Your bags will be tagged, but you will take them with you through the next few check points. You'll be asked to fill out a U.S. Customs Card stating what you purchased and the value. Have your receipts available if you've been shopping. You'll put all of your luggage on a scanner and walk thru the archway. Hand wands are also used at this point. Shoes off, computers open, just like in the States. You'll grab your stuff and proceed to Bahamian Immigration check point, where they will check your ID's and take the back part of your arrivals card. You'll proceed to the U.S. CUSTOMS Desk - YOU MUST HAVE A VALID U.S. PASSPORT.
After going through the U.S. Immigration desk, you'll drag all your luggage to a security checkpoint where they will HAND CHECK your luggage. You checked bags will be taken at this point. Once again you're on your way ... this time up the escalator to wait, once again, on a line to scan carry-on luggage and check documents once again. Shoes off, computers out etc.
Finally, you enter the small departure lounge. No Smoking. Small cafeteria with limited and expensive food items, Small bar which has limited hours.
This process usually takes at least 2 1/2 hours. They routinely DO NOT hold flights.
Some packages include vouchers for Shuttle Vans. Most of these vans are run by Majestic Tours and are small buses that hold about 20 people. Each van heads towards a different set of hotels, so you may not have a direct ride to your hotel, but drop off along the way. In some cases, luggage is placed in a second van or truck to meet you at your destination.
Unless your travel package has included this as a perk, the Shuttle is not usually a bargain. Most cabs are less expensive, and there are plenty of vans and limos in the taxi transportation pool.
If you have a voucher, the transportation director at the Arrivals area will direct you to your Van at the end of the drive. (to your left as you go out the door). Representatives will be waiting to help board you.
To return to the Airport, contact your Majestic Tour Desk in your hotel lobby for pick up times 24 hours before your flight, or call the number on your voucher for a pick up. Make sure you do this a day ahead of time, and be WAITING for them when they arrive. They will NOT wait for you.