How Nigerians Can Get a Visa to The Bahamas
In this post, we explore how Nigerians can get a visa to the Bahamas. We cover some info on the Bahamas, necessary requirements, and embassy location.
About The Bahamas
To understand how Nigerians can get a visa to the Bahamas, it is important to understand somethings about this beautiful place first of all.
The Bahamas is a coral-based Island in the Atlantic Ocean, it is listed as an independent member of the Commonwealth of Nations. The capital is Nassau located on the island of New Providence. The Bahamas was the site of Columbus’ first landfall in the New World in the year 1492 and became a British Crown colony in 1718. The country became an independent Commonwealth realm in 1973, Keeping Queen Elizabeth II as its monarch.
As regards its gross domestic product per capita, the Bahamas is one of the richest countries in the Americas region (following the United States and Canada). With an economy based majorly on tourism and finance, it’s over 700 islands and cays range from uninhabited to packed with resorts. The most northern, Grand Bahama, and Paradise Island is home to many huge hotels and they are very popular. Its official currency is the Bahamian dollar and English the official language.
Types of Visa
The Bahamas is mainly a tourist and finance nation, so there are two basic types of visas.
1. Business visa
2. Tourism visa
Traveling to the Bahamas can be so much fun, but just like most trips, traveling is dependent on how prepared one is for the journey. Below is a list of necessary documents that must be provided before you can apply for a Bahamian business visa.
- Visa application form should be completely filled and signed.
- . Copy of the passport data sheet (page on which the photo is located). The international passport with validity goes beyond the expected return date, with at least one blank page.
- Recent passport-sized photographs which capture the entire face with a bright background are needed.
- A letter from the employer or sponsoring company written on the company’s letterhead introducing the applicant, stating the applicant’s employment status/position in the company and the letter must state the applicant’s reason for visiting the Bahamas.
- Trade register extract or something like that (for self-employed).
- Bank statement for the past three months to prove the client has a steady flow of income.
- An original business letter, signed by the inviting company on the organization’s letter headed paper. The letter must provide information about travel data, name, passport number of the invitee, the reason for traveling, specifying the type of visa, and the needed sustainability of the Visa.
- Evidence of enough financial means for the duration of the visit to the Bahamas.
An official business letter to support your application.
- Flight schedules with dates and flight numbers specifying entry and exit from the Bahamas.
- Hotel reservation/ accommodation information for the duration of the intended stay in the Bahamas
- Proof of your civil status (birth certificate of children, marriage certificate, and death certificate of spouse if necessary).
- The application fee has to be the EXACT amount and only in U.S. dollars in the form of a bank draft, a bank money order, or postal money order made payable to The Bahamas High Commission.
Where to Go
It is crucial to note that there is no Bahamian embassy or government office in Nigeria. This is probably because there are a lot of tourists traveling to the Bahamas. Therefore, being selective about the nations that should have its embassy seems like a well-thought-out plan to resist access to its borders.
To apply for a Bahamian visa there are two means:
- The first and advisable (based on the number of resources you have) is to apply directly through the British Embassy in Nigeria. The British Embassy is one of the Bahamas representatives, that provides help to those who want to travel to the Bahamas. So one can apply for a Bahamian visa from Nigeria can be done at a British embassy, high commission, or consulate in Abuja or Lagos.
- The way is to travel as a visitor to any country that has a Bahamas embassy such as Ottawa Canada, New York USA, and popular Western Countries.
Location of British High Commission Abuja
Address: 19 Torrens Close, Mississippi, Abuja, Nigeria.
Email: [email protected], [email protected]
Location of Deputy High Commission Lagos
Address: 11 Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.
Tel: +234-1-2770780, +234-1-2770781, +234-1-2770782
Email: [email protected]
For More details, please call or visit the official website of the British High Commission, or you can also go to the British embassy or government office here in Nigeria.
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