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How do you submit your Bahamas visa application from Nigeria? I’m a Nigerian and I have been having issues submitting the application because there is no Bahamian embassy or consulate in Nigeria, and the British High Commission here handles some consular matters for the Bahamas, but they said they don’t accept applications for Bahamas visas.

  • A visa interview for the Bahamas? I’ve never heard of that but I’ll ask around. Thanks – user87882 Jan 28 at 13:24
  • Actually, I misinterpreted something on the website, so I've removed that comment. At worst, you can contact their Ministry of Foreign Affairs directly; they have contact information on the back of their informational brochure. The telephone country code for the Bahamas is +1. – choster Jan 28 at 13:28
  • mofa.gov.bs/consular-services/visitors-visa I think you are out of luck. You need to go to a consulate, but none (consulate embassies) and near you. – Giacomo Catenazzi Jan 28 at 13:37
  • A Nigerian just asked how they could get to the Bahamas without transit. I’ll ask how they were able to make it happen. – user87882 Jan 28 at 13:37
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    @user87882 yes, I see that. The URL is crazy! What are they doing, encoding the entire page content into the URL? I will post another answer. – phoog Jan 28 at 18:07
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As you already know, applying for a Bahamas visa requires a visit in person to an embassy or consulate.

There is a Bahamas embassy in Haiti, and Nigerian nationals can enter Haiti visa-free for a visit up to 3 months. (Transiting there through an airport might still need a transit visa from some country though.)

That embassy is located at:

Embassy of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
12 Rue Goulard
Place Boyer
Pétion-Ville, Haiti
+509 257-8782

Whether this is actually practical for you to visit Haiti to obtain the Bahamas visa, I cannot say. You might simply take a holiday in Haiti instead?

  • It might be worth pointing out that the page linked in the question indicates embassies and high commissions only in Canada, China, Cuba, Haiti, the UK, and the US. The consulates general are all in the US. (The page mofa.gov.bs/consular-services/visitors-visa also implies that a visa application might be possible at the mission to the UN in Geneva.) Haiti is the only country with Bahamian diplomatic representation where Nigerian citizens can visit without a visa. – phoog Jan 28 at 17:31
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As you brought to my attention, the Bahamian government page Applying for a Visitor Visa suggests that British diplomatic missions will process Bahamian visa applications:

Deadline

Visa applications should be submitted at least two weeks before travel. Applicants applying for a visa at a British Embassy must submit the application at least four weeks prior to travel.

Related Fee(s)

The following fees apply for visas obtained at The Bahamas’ Embassies and Consulates. Prices may vary for Bahamian visas obtained at the British Embassies.

...

(emphasis added)

Also, at Entering the Bahamas:

The Bahamas is a major tourist destination, so we make every effort to keep visitors’ Immigration formalities to a minimum. However, entry requirements do vary from country to country, so nationals of non-Commonwealth countries should enquire at the nearest British Consulate or Bahamian Embassy for information on these.

(emphasis added)

If I were you, I would note the exact words the British high commission used when they "said they don’t accept applications for Bahamas visas." If you have it in writing, so much the better. Then send an e-mail message to the address found at the bottom of Applying for a Visitor Visa under "For more information please contact." The first address is for "The Bahamas Consulate Division" in Nassau. Explain that their website instructs you to apply at the British high commission, and that the British high commission said that they don't accept such applications, and ask them what to do.

Once you have the answer, please come back here to post it so others know what you found.

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    Yes, I realize that I should probably have said "ask the Bahamian government" in a comment rather than an answer, but since the relevant URLs are over 900 characters long, that was not possible. It's possible that the huge string of characters is session dependent, but I could not figure out how to shorten the URLs in such a way that they still pointed to the same pages. – phoog Jan 28 at 18:19
  • I just sent them an email. I had sent emails to the British Consulate in Nigeria/London previously but they haven’t replied my email. – user87882 Jan 28 at 18:25

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