Visitor Arrivals

Statistical Data on Arrivals

The arrivals included in the reports here cover foreign air and sea visitors to The Bahamas. A foreign air arrival is anyone who is not a resident of The Bahamas who arrives by scheduled or chartered airline or by a private plane. A foreign sea arrival is anyone who arrives in The Bahamas via a cruise ship, yacht, sail boat or water transport of any kind. Both air and sea arrivals exclude crew members of an airline or cruise ship. These arrivals are based on head counts conducted by Immigration at all major ports of entry into the country.

Sea landed arrival is anyone who comes to The Bahamas via a cruise ship, yacht, sailboat or any other water transport and stays at least one night in The Bahamas. In the case of the sea landed arrival coming by cruise ship the visitor has left the cruise ship to take up other accommodations.

Stopover, transit and day visitors are special categories of foreign arrivals. Stopovers are visitors who stay at least one night in The Bahamas. Transits are visitors who pass through The Bahamas on the way to somewhere else. Day visitors are visitors who visit The Bahamas but do not stay overnight. The counts in these categories are based on information collected on the Immigration Cards and not head counts by the Officers. As a result, stopover counts may differ on an annual basis by as much two percent from the preliminary head counts of all visitors as reported by the Department of Immigration. All Immigration Cards are processed to produce the final counts of stopovers, day visitors and transits.


Ms. Georgina Delancy
General Manager – Research & Statistics

P.O. Box N-3701
Reginald Court
George Street
Nassau, Bahamas
Tel: (242) 302-2094
Fax: (242) 328-7991
Email: gdelancy@bahamas.com


Ms. Francina Davis
Sr. Officer – Research & Statistics

Reginald Court
P.O. Box N-3701
Nassau, Bahamas
Tel: (242) 323-7815
Fax: (242) 328-7991
Email: fsdavis@bahamas.com