Number One - Safety

Passenger and crew safety is our first priority. As such, various means of safety will be utilized and are required by port and state authorities such as scanners, metal detectors, emergency procedures such as mustering, and restriction to certain areas on the vessel itself. We ask that you abide by all regulations posted, signage, and crew directions to ensure safety and security of the vessel and all onboard.

Boarding Pass Procedures

Boarding passes may be obtained though FRS Caribbean ticket offices at the terminal (up until one hour prior to departure). Passengers will receive their boarding pass for all travel segments. If a roundtrip ticket was purchased they will receive their boarding pass from departure from Miami and departure from Bimini at time of Check-in.

Check-in Procedures

Check-in at the terminal will begin 2:15hs before departure time, and ends 30 minutes prior to departure.
We recommend you allow at least one hour for clearance through Government authorities upon your arrival/return.

Online Booking

Passengers will be able to print out their voucher confirmations as soon as they have inserted all proper documentation and information in the required fields, and payment is processed.
Passengers should bring their voucher confirmations to the terminal for quicker check-in process. Boarding passes

There will be a luggage counter located outside Terminal H, in Port of Miami. Each passenger is permitted one carry on piece of luggage. Any additional luggage needs to be checked in and there will be an additional charge of $25 per piece. (Please see "Luggage procedures" below for more information).

Any passenger who needs to make any change to their departure date and already is in possession of a ticket will need to see a pier agent in the terminal with their original voucher confirmation, or call our customer service department at 1-877-286-7220. A determination will be made at that time if any modification can be made.

Pregnancy and Minor Children

Any passenger over 24 weeks pregnant must present an original signed declaration to the check-in agent from their doctor stating the patient is “fit to travel”.

Additionally:

    - Infants must be six months or older at time of boarding
    - Passengers under 18 years are considered minors

Children under 18 years of age not accompanied by a parent or a legal guardian must provide an FRS Caribbean agent a notarized letter from said parent/guardian authorizing travel. In the event this letter is not produced, the possibility exists that boarding may not be granted and no refund will be given.

Disabled Passengers

Passengers with a disability are required to inform the FRS Caribbean staff when calling in a reservation as well as when checking in at the terminal. When making an online reservation it is recommended that the remarks field indicate any special assistance required.

The following services are available onboard:

    - Adaptable seats and toilets
    - Safety anchorage for wheelchairs

Pets

The only pets permitted at this time are dogs, and they must be a minimum of 6 months old. Animals are required to have proper paperwork indicating vaccinations within the past year. Check-in agents will ask to view the documents.

Pets will be charged passenger rates (please contact FRS Caribbean to verify the rates).

Additionally:

All pets must be in their own carrier/kennel or a kennel provided by FRS Caribbean. While onboard each must be restrained by a harness/leash if they are not in the carrier.

As per Bahamian customs, a permit from the Bahamas agriculture and fisheries is required. It can obtained online or by calling 1-242-325-7502.

Large dogs must travel in a kennel with the exception of “Service dogs”. Service dogs MUST have proper documentation and will be free of charge. They are permitted to remain in the passenger area. In the event that any animal demonstrates aggressive behavior, or is obviously ill, FRS Caribbean reserves the right to refuse passage.

Required Documents for Travel

Please refer to US Government’s international travel page for current regulations and information regarding international travel. www.cbp.gov

United States Citizen travel requirements for same day round trip or split travel:


  • Valid US passport (valid at least 30 days) OR state issued birth certificate with valid government issued picture ID. Passengers under the age of 16 do not require government issued picture ID.
  • Passports are STRONGLY recommended as should you be required to re-enter the US by air birth certificates with government issued picture ID is not accepted.
  • Naturalization paper (must be original)
  • ARC (Alien Resident Card) (no copies permitted) + it is recommended you also have your original passport from country of citizenship. The 551 stamp with valid extension date or valid documentation for extension is accepted in the event the green card is expired
  • Enhanced driver’s license (valid for same day round trip travel)


Documents NOT accepted include:

  • Baptismal certificates
  • Hospital certificate of birth
  • Puerto Rican birth certificates issues prior to July 1, 2010. Those issued after that date are valid


Non US Citizens requirements for same days round trip or split travel:

  • Visa Waiver country – proof of ESTA and valid entry stamp
  • Non Visa Waiver country – Valid Passport with entry stamp with Multiple Entry (single entry will not be accepted)
  • F1 and M1 Visas must have their current I-20 form properly signed and dated. Note: F1 passengers ARE permitted to travel within their 30 day grace period after expiration. M1 passengers cannot travel after visa or I20 is expired. Their 30 day grace period only allows stay in the US.
  • J1 Visas must have current DS2019 form with proper dates and signatures. J1 passengers cannot travel after visa or DS2019 is expired. Their 30 day grace period only allows stay in the US.
  • C1/D passengers must have signed off their carrier or vessel with a B1/B2 or WT.



Bahamian Visas
Certain countries are required to obtain Bahamian Visas in order to overnight in the Bahamas. Please check with the Bahamian Consulate to see if this is a requirement in your particular country. Note that the Visa is required based upon the country of birth/citizenship, not the country of residence.

Bahamian Citizens requirements:

  • Please contact travel agency for updated citizenship information
  • Valid passport
  • ARC card holders should have valid passport as well
  • Residents of the Bahamas must have valid residency card or a Letter of Permit to Reside with proper stamps/dates
Luggage Procedures

NOTE: Only personal belongings are considered to be luggage.
* Each passenger is permitted one (1) carry on with the dimensions 22 X 9 X 11.5. Any type of luggage larger than that (and does not fit in the luggage bin) will not be considered carry on and must be checked in.
Luggage Sizes
0 - under 50 pounds - US$25.00 per luggage
50 - 70 pounds - US$50.00 per luggage
70 - 150 pounds - US$100.00 per luggage
Luggage charges are applicable per segment (MIA-BIM -1 Segment) (BIM-MIA - 1 Segment)


Passengers with oversized bags, large boxes and/or equipment, will be required to schedule items to be taken to our Warehouse. Please call our Cargo office prior for details and scheduled for deliveries.

**Please check our warehouse address and schedule by clicking here on Cargo. Pallets will be provided for a charge for those passengers who have heavier luggage or a great deal of personal items. Passengers will not have the ability to sail the same day as they drop off their items to the warehouse, therefore, please be mindful of the days our warehouse will load your items onboard before you book your sailing.

All items, baggage, etc must be labeled with the passenger’s full name and address. Unclaimed baggage with be held for 10 days at owner’s risk and expense and will be discarded after that period of time.

Additionally please note:

FRS Caribbean has the right to search baggage for hazardous substances or any type of contraband, Including weapons, controlled substances or any other items prohibited by federal, state or local authorities. The carrier will not be liable for damage of baggage in the possession of said authorities.

Cargo Conditions - Prohibited Goods

I. All goods the importation of which is prohibited under the provisions of any law for the time being in force in The Bahamas.

2. (1) Tops and yarns made wholly or partly of goat hair; excluding

    (a) cashmere yarns which have been bleached and dyed, mohair yarns, and dehaired China cashmere proved to the satisfaction of the Comptroller of Customs to be China cashmere; and

    (b) mohair tops originating from the United States of America or the Republic of South Africa, China cashmere (other than dehaired China cashmere), and mohair (other than Van mohair);

    Provided that-

    (i) the goods are imported in unbroken packages as originally shipped from the country of origin; and

    (ii) the goods are shipped direct from the country of origin to The Bahamas, or if trans-shipped at an intermediate port, are shipped on a through bill of lading, or if shipped to The Bahamas other than from the country of origin, arc proved to the satisfaction of the Comptroller of Customs, in the case of goods claimed to originate in the United States of America, the Republic of South Africa or the People's Republic of China to be of the origin claimed, or, in the ease of mohair (other than Van mohair), not to be Van mohair.

(2) Goat hair, or goods mixed with goat hair, and wool or animal hair produced in or exported from or through the United Arab Republic or the Sudan or goods mixed therewith, unless it is proved to the satisfaction of the Comptroller of Customs that the goods have been satisfactorily disinfected abroad and that a sample of the goods has been tested and found to be free from anthrax.

3. Any article which bears a design in the imitation of any currency or banknote or coin in current use in The Bahamas or elsewhere.

4. Copies of works in respect of which the owner has given notice to the Comptroller under section 22 of the Copyright Act.

5. Dredges capable of being used for sponging.

6. Indecent or obscene prints, paintings, photographs, books, cards, lithographic or other engravings, or any other indecent or obscene articles.

7. Infected cattle, sheep or other animals and hides, skins, horns and hoofs or anything which the Govemor-General may on sanitary grounds by Order prohibit to be imported.

8. Meat, provisions, fruit and vegetables and any articles intended for human food which are unfit for human consumption.

9. Oleomargarine, butterine, or other similar substitutes for butter, if invoiced, described or labelled as butter.

10. Sodium fluoracetate (a deadly poison commonly referred to as '1080’).

11. Lysergic acid diethylamide and any compound declared by the Minister by Order to be a compound related to lysergic acid diethylamide.

12. Underwater gun being any manufacture or device other than the device known as a Hawaiian sling whereby a missile may be discharged under water.

13. Goods whose place of origin is either Kuwait or Iraq and not being goods of Kuwaiti origin which were exported from Kuwait prior to 2nd day of August, 1990.

Cargo Conditions - Restricted Goods

1. All goods the importation of which is regulated under the provisions of any law for the time being in force in The Bahamas.

2. Firecrackers and impact flash salutes, save those which in the opinion the Comptroller are not dangerous.

3. Rum, including taffia, unless imported as cargo and duly reported in aircraft or in ships of not less than thirty tons burden, and in casks or other liquid containers, of a content of not less than five gallons or in glass or stone bottles properly packed in cases or in demi-johns, each case or demi-john containing not less than one gallon.

4. Other spirits (not being cordials or perfumed or medicinal spirits) unless imported as cargo and duly reported on aircraft or in ships of not less than thirty tons burden, and in casks or other liquid containers, of a content of at least nine gallons or in glass or stone bottles, properly packed in cases, or in demi-johns, each case or demi-john containing not less than one gauon:

Provided that no whisky or brandy shall be so imported unless the importer produces in respect thereof a certificate of origin and evidence to the satisfaction of the Comptroller that such whisky or brandy has been kept in wood for at least three years since manufacture.

5. Wine, unless imported as cargo and duly reported in aircraft or in ships of not less than thirty tons burden and in casks or other liquid containers, of a content not less than fifteen gallons or bottled and packed in cases, each case containing not less than one and a half gallons:

Provided that packages of Jess capacity may be imported under such regulations as may be made by the Minister.

6. Trailers, being trailer caravans for use as living quarters, offices, workshops, or similar purposes, unless specially authorised by the Minister.

7. Mechanical games and devices set in operation wholly or partly by the insertion of a coin or token and so constructed as to return mechanically or otherwise to the person inserting the coin or token in certain circumstances, merchandise, a coin, or token, or coins or tokens of greater total value than that of the coin or token inserted; parts and accessories of such games or devices:

Provided that such games, devices and parts and accessories thereof may be imported by a person, club or organisation holding a valid licence issued under the Lotteries and Gaming Act (Chapter 387) but only insofar as the conditions and terms of such licence permit.

8. Mechanical games and devices, other than the games and SJ lJ8/1976. devices referred to in paragraph 7 above, which are set in operation by the insertion of a coin or token and which by manual, mechanical or electronic means provide a game for play by one or more persons for amusement only, unless specially authorised by the Minister and subject to such conditions as the Minister may direct.

9. Goods imported for the purposes of any business (within the 16 of 1990, s. 5. meaning given thereto by section 2 of the Business Licence Act) Ch. 329. unless the importer of the goods produces for inspection by the Comptroller

a) a current business licence issued under the provisions of the Business Licence Act; and

(b) proof that exchange control approval was obtained by the importer from The Central Bank of The Bahamas permitting the expenditure of foreign currency for the purchase of the goods.

•    Acetic acid
•    Acetic anhydride
•    Acetone
•    Ammonium
•    Anthranilic acid and its salts
•    Benzene
•    Benzyl Chloride
•    Benzyl cyanide
•    Bromobenzyl cyanide
•    Carbon sulfide
•    Chloroform
•    Ephedrin and its salts
•    Ergometrine and its salts
•    Ergotamine
•    Ethyl alcohol
•    Ethylamine and its salts
•    Ethyl or sulphuric ether
•    Hydroiodic acid
•    Hydrochloric acid
•    lsosafrole
•    Lysergic acid
•    Methylamine and its salts
•    Methylene Chloride
•    Methyl ethyl ketone
•    3, 4-Methylenedioxphenyl-2 Propanone
•    N-acetylanthranilic acid and its salts optical isomers and salts of optical isomers
•    N-EthyJephedrine, its salts and optical isomers
•    N-Ethylpseudoephedrine, its salts, optical isomers, and salts of optical isomers
•    N-Methylephedrine, its salts, optical isomers, and salts of optical isomers
•    N-Methylpseudoephedrine, its salts, optical isomers and salts of optical isomers
•    Phenylacetic acid and its salts
•    1-phenyl-2 propanone
•    Phenylpropanolamine and its salts
•    Piperidine
•    Piperonal
•    Potassium carbonate
•    Potassium hydroxide
•    Potassium permanganate
•    Propionic Anhydride
•    Pseudoephedrin and its salts
•    Safrole
•    Sodium carbonate
•    Sodium hydroxide
•    Sodium sulphate
•    Sulphuric acid
•    Toluene
•    Trichloroethylene

Unless the Comptroller is satisfied that the restricted goods are necessary for use in the manufacturing process of an undertaking licensed under the laws of The Bahamas or for sale as a product in the normal course of business of such an undertaking being a sale which is not otherwise prohibited by those Laws and subject to such conditions as to reporting of the use and disposal of the restricted goods as the Comptroller sees fit.


11. Benzaldehyde (Benzoic aldehyde), Nitroethane and SJ. 72/1995.

Norpseudoephedrine, unless the Comptroller is satisfied that the aforesaid restricted goods are necessary for use in the manufacturing process of an undertaking licensed under the Jaws of The Bahamas or for sale as a product in the normal course of business of such an undertaking being a sale which is not otherwise prohibited by those laws and subject to such conditions as to reporting of the use and disposal of such goods as the Comptroller sees fit.

Acetic acidHydn'odic acid

Piperonal

Acetic anhydrideHydrochloric acidPotassium carbonate
AcetonelsosafrolePotassium hydroxide
AmmoniumLysergic acidPotassium permanganate
Anthranilic acid and its saltsMethylamine and its saltsPropionic Anhydride
BenzeneMethylene ChloridePseudoephedrin and its salts
Benzyl ChlorideMethyl ethyl ketoneSafrole
Benzyl cyanide3, 4-Methylenedioxphenyl-2 PropanoneSodium carbonate
Bromobenzyl cyanideN-acetylanthranilic acid and its salts optical isomers and salts of optical isomersSodium hydroxide
Carbon sulfideN-EthyJephedrine, its salts and optical isomersSodium sulphate
ChloroformN-Ethylpseudoephedrine, its salts, optical isomers, and salts of optical isomersSulphuric acid
Ephedrin and its saltsN-Methylephedrine, its salts, optical isomers, and salts of optical isomersToluene
Ergometrine and its saltsN-Methylpseudoephedrine, its salts, optical isomers and salts of optical isomersTrichloroethylene
ErgotaminePhenylacetic acid and its salts
Ethyl alcohol1-phenyl-2 propanone
Ethylamine and its saltsPhenylpropanolamine and its salts
Ethyl or sulphuric etherPiperidine
Acetic acidHydn'odic acid

Piperonal

Acetic anhydrideHydrochloric acidPotassium carbonate
AcetonelsosafrolePotassium hydroxide
AmmoniumLysergic acidPotassium permanganate
Anthranilic acid and its saltsMethylamine and its saltsPropionic Anhydride
BenzeneMethylene ChloridePseudoephedrin and its salts
Benzyl ChlorideMethyl ethyl ketoneSafrole
Benzyl cyanide3, 4-Methylenedioxphenyl-2 PropanoneSodium carbonate
Bromobenzyl cyanideN-acetylanthranilic acid and its salts optical isomers and salts of optical isomersSodium hydroxide
Carbon sulfideN-EthyJephedrine, its salts and optical isomersSodium sulphate
ChloroformN-Ethylpseudoephedrine, its salts, optical isomers, and salts of optical isomersSulphuric acid
Ephedrin and its saltsN-Methylephedrine, its salts, optical isomers, and salts of optical isomersToluene
Ergometrine and its saltsN-Methylpseudoephedrine, its salts, optical isomers and salts of optical isomersTrichloroethylene
ErgotaminePhenylacetic acid and its salts
Ethyl alcohol1-phenyl-2 propanone
Ethylamine and its saltsPhenylpropanolamine and its salts
Ethyl or sulphuric etherPiperidine