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No more immigration forms for returning Bahamians, residents

As of January 1, 2011, Bahamians and permanent residents will no longer be required to fill out immigration forms when returning to the country as is currently the custom.

Deputy Prime Minister Brent Symonette made that announcement in the House of Assembly yesterday when he tabled the Immigration General Amendment Regulations 2010.

“Normally we lay these things on the table but I want to bring this because this amendment removes the requirement for Bahamians to fill in an immigration card when they land as cruise ship passengers or aircraft passengers at the[Lynden Pindling]International Airport or any other port of entry in The Bahamas.”

Currently Bahamians are required to fill out the forms and present them to immigration officers when returning from a trip to a foreign country.

When the amendment becomes effective next month, Bahamians and permanent residents of The Bahamas will only be required to present their passport of certificate of permanent residence for inspection as the case may be, according to amendment regulations.

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