Bahamas extended access travel stay

Changes in the world of travel have altered how we work, study, explore and unwind, inspiring imaginative ways to combine learning and work from home routines with an authentic island experience. With that in mind, it's a pleasure to announce BEATS: Bahamas Extended Access Travel Stay, your chance to find your rhythm and call our islands home for up to a year.

Cost

The application fees for this visa would be $1025.

Income

The minimum required monthly income for this visa is $0.

Duration

This visa allows you to stay in the country for a duration of 12 months.

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What is The Bahamas Extended Access Travel Stay (BEATS)?

  • The Bahamas Extended Access Travel Stay is a one-year residency permit designed to allow professionals and students from overseas to work and study from The Bahamas (remotely/online) for up to one (1) year.
  • BEATS gives both students and professionals who are working/studying from home the opportunity to live in and travel among the 16 different islands in The Bahamas.
  • Due to the unprecedented flexibility in work location that has emerged from the global COVID-19 pandemic, The Bahamas is ideally suited to accommodate “long term” visitors who wish to work or study remotely while simultaneously enjoying and exploring a new destination and culture.

What is the minimum length of stay needed to qualify for the BEATS permit?

  • No minimum length of stay required

Do I need a general Travel permit in addition to the permit secured through the BEATS program?

  • Citizens from the USA, Canada, the EU and Britain do not need an additional travel permit.
  • For more information on permits and necessary documentation for entry into The Bahamas, please visit - https://www.bahamas.com/entry-requirements.

When does the BEATS permit expire?

  • The BEATS permit is an Annual Residence permit that expires 12 months from the date of issue.
  • Applications for annual renewals will be considered for a maximum period up to three years.

Where can I apply for the BEATS permit?

Interested professionals and students can complete the BEATS application form online by visiting https://portal.immigration.gov.bs/.

What is the application process?

  • All application forms submitted for the BEATS permit will be reviewed by The Bahamas Immigration Office for approval.
  • If the application is approved, the applicant will receive a confirmation email with instructions for submitting their application and permit fee.
  • After a successful payment is received, the applicant will receive a confirmation QR code to show upon arrival.

Is there an application fee?

  • A $25 application fee is required per applicant.
  • Family applications require a $25 fee for the applicant as well as a $25 fee for each dependent.

What documents are needed for the BEATS permit application?

  • All applicants are required to submit the following materials:
  • A valid passport and proof of medical insurance for the primary applicant and all dependents.
  • Persons applying to work remotely in The Bahamas will need to attach a job letter (from current employer) or proof of self-employment, if applicable.
  • Students applying for remote study purposes will be required to provide evidence of enrollment in an accredited learning institution as well as proof of sufficient funds to cover living expenses and return travel expense (this may include parents’ financials).

How long will it take for my application to be processed?

  • There is an estimated five (5) day processing time for all BEATS applications.

Once my application is approved, and my travel is booked, what do I need to know about COVID-19 testing and traveling to The Bahamas?

  • The Islands of The Bahamas is committed to protecting the health and wellbeing of all citizens, residents and visitors, and has implemented specific travel protocols and preventative measures to help curb further spread of COVID-19.
  • Please visit Bahamas.com/travelupdates for complete “know before you go” details related to requirements and testing.

WHO CAN I CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION?

Please use the contact form provided on the website. Additional questions and inquiries to be directed to [email protected].

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