It is a requirement of The Government of The Bahamas that all foreign charters secure a licence in order to utilise Bahamian waters.  Most foreign charter applications to The Bahamas are from yachts seeking to explore our beautiful seas. To accommodate these ‘sun seekers’ the Port Department has simplified the chartering process as detailed below.


Non-Bahamian yacht owners.  


  1. To registration for a Foreign Charter License the applicant must fill out and submit an application Form to the Port Department Office on New Providence or any of the other Port Department offices listed below.
  2. The applicant must provide all supporting documents and pay the appropriate Boat Registration and Inspection Fees at the time that the application is submitted.
  3. The Port Department evaluates the vessel to ensure that it has adequate crew and determine a limit the maximum amount of passengers that can be safely transported on boat.  
  4. The boat MUST then be inspected by a Port Department Inspector.
  5. Once approval is granted by the Inspector the Foreign Charter License is issued.
Application Form(s) 
Supporting Documents 
  • A valid insurance certificate
  • Boat documentation

The Master of the boat must also supply

  • Certificates of qualification (Common examples are the Coast Guard certifications)
  • A valid passport
Turn-around time 

A Foreign Charter Licence is processed within one week.

There is no deadline associated with this service.
Related Fee(s) 

Foreign Charter Registration Fees

Application for an Annual or Temporary Permit $50
Annual Permits for:  
   Boats Under 36 Feet in Length 625
   Boats 36 Feet or Over and Under 51 in Length $875
   Boats 51 Feet or Over and Under 66 in Length $1,250
   Boats 66 Feet or Over and Under 101 in Length $1,875
   Boats 101 Feet or Over and Under 151 in Length $2,500
   Boats 151 Feet in Length or Over $3,750
Temporary Permit $437

Inspection Fees

Boats under 15 feet in length


Boats 15 feet or over and under 25 feet in length


Boats 25 feet or over and under 50 in length


Boats 50 feet or over and under 100 feet in length


Boats 100 feet or over in length



For a complete list of all fees click on the Fees and Fines link.

For more information please contact 

Any of the offices listed below, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday, except public holidays.

New Providence Offices

Prince George Wharf
P.O. Box N-8175
Nassau, New Providence
The Bahamas
Tel. (242) 322-1596 or 326-7654
Fax. (242) 322-5545

Dock Master’s Office
Potter’s Cay
Nassau, New Providence
The Bahamas
Tel. (242) 393-1064
Fax. (242) 394-1240

Grand Bahama Office
P.O. Box F 2044
Freeport, Grand Bahama
The Bahamas
Tel. (242) 352-9163
Fax. (242) 351-4538

Abaco Office
P.O. Box Ab 20922
Marsh Harbour, Abaco
The Bahamas
Tel. (242) 367-0038
Fax. (242) 367-0041

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Port Department
Prince George Dock
P. O. Box N 8175
Nassau, N.P., The Bahamas
Phone: (242)326-7354
Fax: (242)322-5545
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