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Ins and outs of clearing Customs in the Bahamas

Ins and outs of clearing Customs in the Bahamas

Bahamas airport

AOPA recently went undercover, so to speak, in the Bahamas to experience the Customs process (snags and all) that members encounter when they fly there.

"With the spring break season coming up, we wanted to understand all the nuances about clearing Customs in the Bahamas to share with our members," said Woody Cahall, AOPA vice president of aviation services. Two AOPA employees flew from Opa Locka, Florida, to South Bimini Airport, Bimini Islands, in a Cessna 206 to clear Customs as regular pilots. They then flew to nine other Bahamian airports, taking notes at each about runway condition, their experience clearing Customs, and airport and aircraft security.

Find out which airports you'll need to use your own tiedown ropes and chocks and which will give you the red-carpet treatment. Also find more tips on flying to the Bahamas. AOPA's appreciation goes to Rick Gardner of Caribbean Sky Tours for hosting this trip. His expertise and knowledge of the islands was invaluable in allowing us to achieve our objectives.

January 26, 2007

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