Living In the Bahamas

A general guide for British nationals living in the Bahamas.


This guide sets out essential information for British nationals residing in the Bahamas including advice on health, education, benefits, residence requirements and more. It should also be read in conjunction with our comprehensive Travel Advice for the Bahamas.

We are unable to provide any guidance on general lifestyle enquiries apart from the information and links listed below, local authorities provide comprehensive information on these issues on their own websites. See supporting British nationals in the Bahamas for further information on what our consulates can and can’t do for you.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements and information on how to apply for extensions can be found on our travel advice pages.

Health and Medication

There are three main hospitals in the Bahamas. If you visit the Bahamas Ministry of Health website, you can find information about hospitals, clinics and other medical facilities. Please ensure you read our travel advice before visiting the Bahamas and ensure that you have appropriate health coverage to cover medical treatment when travelling abroad.


The Bahamas has both public and privately owned schools. Schools generally follow the British educational system. The Department of Education Science and Technology has responsibility for pre-schools, primary schools, secondary schools, relations with school boards and special education. A list of primary and high schools can be found on the Ministry’s website.


For information on working in the Bahamas, you must contact the Bahamas High Commission in London to find out about the relevant permits.

Benefits and Pensions

The National Insurance Board (NIB) organizes and administers retirement benefits. You must contact the NIB to find out how non-Bahamians may qualify for pension benefits.

If you are moving or retiring abroad, it is important to inform relevant benefits offices that you are planning a move and find out which benefits you can claim to while living overseas.


A list of licensed banks and other financial institutions can be found on the Central Bank of Bahamas Website. For information on opening an account, you must contact the institution of your choice.

Information on taxes can be found on the Department on Inland Revenue website.

Guidance on bringing medication into the Bahamas

The Bahamas Commission Website recommends that person travelling with medication should ensure they have the doctor’s prescription with them in case they are question by customs. It is recommended that you contact the Bahamas Customs Department when you are travelling and need guidance on what you can and cannot bring into the Bahamas

Published 3 June 2016