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Little Help Please. I have my boat on the hard in Freeport will not be able to get there until late June. By then my cruising permit will have expired. Also, I will need to stay in Freeport for a few weeks to have some work done on the boat etc. Should I be worried? Do they let you stay until boat is seaworty for sailing back to US or can I ask for extintion on present permit?
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You need to get an extension I know of two people who did not bother and got caught when they tried to clear out for the T&C.

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Yachts may remain in The Bahamas for a maximum of three years, but yearly extensions after the first year must be obtained from Bahamas Customs in Nassau. Each extension costs $500 payable by bank draft in favour of "The Public Treasury". Procedures for the extension should be started before the expiry of the current permit. Letters of request should be addressed to: Comptroller of Customs, P O Box N.155, Nassau. The number of the existing permit should be quoted and a copy enclosed for reference. More information available by calling (800)327-7678
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ask for an extension of 6 months. or get ready to pay duty on the vessel.

while rarely enforced, bahamas customs and immigration can be very unforgiving.
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bahamas customs and immigration can be very unforgiving.
May be because Americans are their cash cow.
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