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6 Weird Laws In The Bahamas (Interesting Things To Know!)

6 Weird Laws In The Bahamas (Interesting Things To Know!)

The Bahamas is a sovereign country located in the Lucayan Archipelago of the West Indies. With 16 major islands surrounded by crystal clear water, this country is the ideal getaway for a honeymoon or an escape from reality. The Bahamas Islands are known for their colourful culture, sunny romantic beaches and peculiar activities such as swimming with pigs.

The pigs in the Bahamas come to the waters for a dip, and tourists can swim with them – if that’s something you’d be interested in; The Bahamas is certainly not an ordinary country. You may not know, but the islands follow some of the weirdest – some would even call ridiculous – rules we’ll ever hear.

The following are some of the weirdest laws in the Bahamas. Enjoy your read!

Cheating At Cards, Hosting Lotteries Or Betting On Any Pastime Game Is Illegal

Holding Cards in Hand

Yes, you read that right. In the Bahamas, it is illegal to cheat at cards or bet on lotteries, pastime sports and games. Lotteries are given the most emphasis. People are not allowed to host money-reward games, and nor can they promote the same. Mainstream sports aren’t included in the list as they are played purely for athletics or entertainment. However, if you do bet on any, it will be a crime. The good news for travellers is that casinos are allowed to conduct games with the necessary approval, and tourists are exempted from the law as long as they’re above 18.

Some of these crimes are charged with a fine and a few months in jail. But if you’re caught deceiving a lottery or cheating, the charge can go up to 2 years and more in jail or more. If you’re interested in reading the Lotteries and Gaming act in the Bahamas, click here.

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Divorce Is Granted If Your Spouse Cheats With An Animal

Getting a divorce in the Bahamas is not so difficult. You have to catch your spouse cheating on you with an animal, and the court can take up your case and grant you a divorce. That is not the only way to file for divorce. The country has listed many grounds commonly found in other countries, such as adultery, cruelty, living separately for over five years and rape by the husband (for women).

However, this particular law is quite intriguing. Although it may seem weird, the reason behind it does make sense. If a human engages in sexual activities with an animal, the behaviour solidly proves that the particular person suffers from mental instability, which is a valid reason to get a divorce. If you are interested in reading the Matrimonial Causes Act in the Bahamas, click here.

The Legal Drinking Age In The Bahamas Is 18

Legal Drinking Age

This is of course not a surprise nor a weird fact. However, it is uncommon for those living in the United States. The legal drinking age in the UK and Australia is 18, while in the USA it’s 21. Citizens of the Bahamas and tourists can purchase liquor or consume it in public places as long as they are above 18 years of age.

The law for nicotine is also the same in the Bahamas. If you are above 18, you can purchase tobacco and smoke in designated places where it won’t affect other people. If you are a traveller, we advise you not to try any kind of native drug or consume too much alcohol. Drugs are illegal and could create trouble for you on your holiday.

It’s Illegal To Wear Camouflage Clothing In The Bahamas

Camouflage Clothes

It may seem a bit too extreme if you’re the camo-fashion type, but the country has its reasons. Be it a tourist or a citizen, it’s illegal to wear camouflage clothing that represents military uniforms in the Bahamas. If you were caught dressed in camo clothing, you will be charged a fine and may even get imprisonment charges. This law is common in many countries in the Caribbean islands, including Grenadines, St. Vincent and even Jamaica – since recently. According to Bahamians, wearing camo clothing is deemed disrespectful and should only be worn by security forces like the police and the military forces.

When we say camouflage is illegal, it means every accessory on you that is camouflage is not allowed in the Bahamas. Authorities don’t generally go into such detail when checking but keep in mind to not carry camouflage innerwear, sandals, caps etc. to be on the safe side.

It’s Legal To Enter The Bahamas By Sea Without A Passport

Passport

Yes, if you are a US citizen or a traveller stopping during a cruise journey, you can enter the Bahamas via sea without a valid passport. This doesn’t mean that anyone can simply enter the border without a passport. Only if you’re coming by boat or on a cruise will you be accepted into the land. Just because it is possible, it’s not the most secure option. While some cruises allow just a few hours of explorations, some let travellers be on land for days. In such a situation, if you come across any emergency that requires you to travel back immediately, you won’t be able to fly without a passport.

So, if you’re planning on travelling to the Bahamas by sea, remember to pack your passport as well, just to be on the safe side.

Import Restrictions Apply For Trailers And Caravans

Caravans

It sure is a weird law to be passed amongst other restricted items. The Bahamas do not allow citizens or anyone in that case to import trailers and caravans, which are used as living quarters, offices, workshops, or similar purposes. However, being restricted does not mean it’s illegal. If you can receive the minister’s authorization, you will be able to import trailers.

The reason behind this is still unclear. It could be that people would easily switch their homes to mobile residences. By doing so, they could exempt themselves from taxes. However, if you’re planning to live in the Bahamas in a trailer caravan, make sure to get the permit before you make any purchase.

Apart from these, you are also not allowed to import motor vehicles or motorcycles that are ten years or older. And Mechanical games and devices set in operation wholly and partly by the insertion, are also restricted.

Spearfishing On Scuba Is Illegal – Shotguns Are Allowed Under A Permit

Here is another law of the Bahamas that many would find weird. When entering the Bahamian waters, you must declare your possession of firearms (if you are carrying any). We are not implying to carry on purpose. If you’re a US citizen and you do possess Shotguns and Handguns, you can clear them out without a hassle.

However, you are not allowed to carry Underwater guns to the Bahamas. It is illegal. In addition, Spearfishing on Scuba is also illegal.

The law has passed given its valid reasons. The waters of the Bahamas have a healthy turquoise glow to them, thanks to the rich ecosystem beneath the surface. The nation cares a lot about the species living underwater, and the beautiful reef beds. Due to this reason, you are not allowed to take underwater guns.

Hey, it’s not all bad news. You still can go spearfishing using the Hawaiian sling or a pole spear – the old methods that inflict little to no damage to the reefs. But make sure you get your fishing permit first before going underwater hunting. 

Click here to find out if the Bahamas is part of the United States!