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  #21  
Old November 12th, 2004, 06:31 PM
MarkT
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Tom, wrong on a couple of points. The parents appear to already be in the
US. No comment is made about them coming from India, just being Indian
citizens.

Second, India is an independent country, not a part of the British
Commonwealth, which really doesn't exist any longer. The Bahamas have a bit
closer tie, but are independent as well.

Mark T.

"Thomas Smith" -NO-SPAM wrote in message
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It would be more appropriate to ask the Bahamian embassy in India, since
that is where the traveler is coming from, and if a visa is required, they
would be where the traveler would apply from. That said, as I understand
it, both India and the Bahamas are parts of the British Commonwealth of
Nations, and visas may not be required for citizens of member nations to
travel between them. Again, check with the Bahamian embassy in India.

--
I'm Tom Smith, and I approved this message.


"Rosalie B." wrote in message
...
"MarkT" wrote:

Who would you rather believe...a travel agent not in the visa business,

or
the official government office of the country you are traveling to?

Nuff
said? Get the visa.


Except that the government people don't ALWAYS know what they are
talking about. Having been one, I know.

I would talk to the Bahamian office in Nassau directly. I think they
will know better about tourists coming to the Bahamas than the office
in Miami will - the Miami office mostly concerned with Bahamian
citizens coming to the US.

And check the long distance charges on your phone first and get some
kind of service that doesn't charge a couple of dollars per minute to
call the Bahamas.


Mark T.
"Vik Mehta" wrote in message
. com...
My parents, who are Indian citizens, are scheduled to go for a
Carnival cruise to the Bahamas from Miami. They've been getting
conflicting information regarding their visa requirements. Carnival
leaves the visa formalities to the passengers and does not offer any
information, however Royal Caribbean explicity says that Indian
citizens do not require a Bahamian visa as long as they have a valid
visa to get back to the US.

My parents' travel agent insists that they don't require a visa,
however the Bahamas Consulate General office in Miami says they do!

Anyone who knows more about this - please write.

Thanks in advance.
Vik


grandma Rosalie





  #22  
Old November 13th, 2004, 05:29 AM
Thomas Smith
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I was under the impression they were still in India. At any rate, the
Bahamian government should be the primary point of contact. As for the
British Commonwealth of Nations, it is a grouping of independent nations
that were former British colonies, which includes Australia, New Zealand,
Canada, the Bahamas, Pakistan, India, and South Africa to name a few. It is
much like the Organization of American States (the American continent and
the Caribbean), the Commonwealth of Independent States (former Soviet Union
republics), and the European Union (western, and now some eastern European
nations). The official web site for the Bahamas is www.bahamas.gov.bs.
That might be a good place to start.

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"MarkT" wrote in message
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Tom, wrong on a couple of points. The parents appear to already be in the
US. No comment is made about them coming from India, just being Indian
citizens.

Second, India is an independent country, not a part of the British
Commonwealth, which really doesn't exist any longer. The Bahamas have a

bit
closer tie, but are independent as well.

Mark T.

"Thomas Smith" -NO-SPAM wrote in message
...
It would be more appropriate to ask the Bahamian embassy in India, since
that is where the traveler is coming from, and if a visa is required,

they
would be where the traveler would apply from. That said, as I

understand
it, both India and the Bahamas are parts of the British Commonwealth of
Nations, and visas may not be required for citizens of member nations to
travel between them. Again, check with the Bahamian embassy in India.

--
I'm Tom Smith, and I approved this message.


"Rosalie B." wrote in message
...
"MarkT" wrote:

Who would you rather believe...a travel agent not in the visa

business,
or
the official government office of the country you are traveling to?

Nuff
said? Get the visa.

Except that the government people don't ALWAYS know what they are
talking about. Having been one, I know.

I would talk to the Bahamian office in Nassau directly. I think they
will know better about tourists coming to the Bahamas than the office
in Miami will - the Miami office mostly concerned with Bahamian
citizens coming to the US.

And check the long distance charges on your phone first and get some
kind of service that doesn't charge a couple of dollars per minute to
call the Bahamas.


Mark T.
"Vik Mehta" wrote in message
. com...
My parents, who are Indian citizens, are scheduled to go for a
Carnival cruise to the Bahamas from Miami. They've been getting
conflicting information regarding their visa requirements.

Carnival
leaves the visa formalities to the passengers and does not offer

any
information, however Royal Caribbean explicity says that Indian
citizens do not require a Bahamian visa as long as they have a

valid
visa to get back to the US.

My parents' travel agent insists that they don't require a visa,
however the Bahamas Consulate General office in Miami says they do!

Anyone who knows more about this - please write.

Thanks in advance.
Vik


grandma Rosalie







  #23  
Old December 2nd, 2004, 11:17 PM
Vik Mehta
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Thanks to all for your suggestions.

My parents, based on feedback from other veteran cruisers from India,
decided to not get the Bahamian visa. They faced no problems. The
folks checking their passports at embarkation time were concerned only
with their US visa. They wanted to make sure that my parents could get
back to the States.

So, either the Bahamian consulate at Miami is wrong when they say a
visa is required for Indian citizens or the folks who check the
passports at embarkation don't know any better.

In any case the cruise was great fun. Was my first time and definitely
recommend it. We went on a three day cruise with Carnival on
Fascination.

Vik

Dillon Pyron wrote in message . ..
Thus spake Chrissy Cruiser :

On Thu, 11 Nov 2004 17:26:42 GMT, MarkT wrote:

Who would you rather believe...a travel agent not in the visa business, or
the official government office of the country you are traveling to?


As if gov't agents always have a clue.


True. But this also applies dockside. I would plan for the worst
case and get one.

Best bet, call two or three consular offices and see what answer you
get (of course, it depends on how many offices the country in question
has).

Bahamian embassy, Washington DC 202-319-2660
fax 202-319-2668

Bahamas Tourist Office, Miami 212-758-2777

other offices in Aventura, FL, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles

  #24  
Old December 2nd, 2004, 11:17 PM
Vik Mehta
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Thanks to all for your suggestions.

My parents, based on feedback from other veteran cruisers from India,
decided to not get the Bahamian visa. They faced no problems. The
folks checking their passports at embarkation time were concerned only
with their US visa. They wanted to make sure that my parents could get
back to the States.

So, either the Bahamian consulate at Miami is wrong when they say a
visa is required for Indian citizens or the folks who check the
passports at embarkation don't know any better.

In any case the cruise was great fun. Was my first time and definitely
recommend it. We went on a three day cruise with Carnival on
Fascination.

Vik

Dillon Pyron wrote in message . ..
Thus spake Chrissy Cruiser :

On Thu, 11 Nov 2004 17:26:42 GMT, MarkT wrote:

Who would you rather believe...a travel agent not in the visa business, or
the official government office of the country you are traveling to?


As if gov't agents always have a clue.


True. But this also applies dockside. I would plan for the worst
case and get one.

Best bet, call two or three consular offices and see what answer you
get (of course, it depends on how many offices the country in question
has).

Bahamian embassy, Washington DC 202-319-2660
fax 202-319-2668

Bahamas Tourist Office, Miami 212-758-2777

other offices in Aventura, FL, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles

  #25  
Old December 7th, 2004, 09:43 AM
johanna
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Sure, all over the world regulations can sometimes be stretched up to a
certain point but if you have to deal with an immigration officier who
is just having his/her bad hair day - bad luck! If you have not
planned and paid for some shoretrips already it might not be that
tragic to stay back on board ...
Johanna


Vik Mehta wrote:
Thanks to all for your suggestions.

My parents, based on feedback from other veteran cruisers from India,
decided to not get the Bahamian visa. They faced no problems. The
folks checking their passports at embarkation time were concerned

only
with their US visa. They wanted to make sure that my parents could

get
back to the States.

So, either the Bahamian consulate at Miami is wrong when they say a
visa is required for Indian citizens or the folks who check the
passports at embarkation don't know any better.

In any case the cruise was great fun. Was my first time and

definitely
recommend it. We went on a three day cruise with Carnival on
Fascination.

Vik

Dillon Pyron wrote in message

. ..
Thus spake Chrissy Cruiser :

On Thu, 11 Nov 2004 17:26:42 GMT, MarkT wrote:

Who would you rather believe...a travel agent not in the visa

business, or
the official government office of the country you are traveling

to?

As if gov't agents always have a clue.


True. But this also applies dockside. I would plan for the worst
case and get one.

Best bet, call two or three consular offices and see what answer

you
get (of course, it depends on how many offices the country in

question
has).

Bahamian embassy, Washington DC 202-319-2660
fax 202-319-2668

Bahamas Tourist Office, Miami 212-758-2777

other offices in Aventura, FL, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles


  #26  
Old May 21st, 2016, 03:09 AM posted to rec.travel.cruises
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Em sexta-feira, 12 de novembro de 2004 15:31:23 UTC-2, MarkT escreveu:
Tom, wrong on a couple of points. The parents appear to already be in the
US. No comment is made about them coming from India, just being Indian
citizens.

Second, India is an independent country, not a part of the British
Commonwealth, which really doesn't exist any longer. The Bahamas have a bit
closer tie, but are independent as well.

Mark T.

"Thomas Smith" -NO-SPAM wrote in message
...
It would be more appropriate to ask the Bahamian embassy in India, since
that is where the traveler is coming from, and if a visa is required, they
would be where the traveler would apply from. That said, as I understand
it, both India and the Bahamas are parts of the British Commonwealth of
Nations, and visas may not be required for citizens of member nations to
travel between them. Again, check with the Bahamian embassy in India.

--
I'm Tom Smith, and I approved this message.


"Rosalie B." wrote in message
...
"MarkT" wrote:

Who would you rather believe...a travel agent not in the visa business,

or
the official government office of the country you are traveling to?

Nuff
said? Get the visa.

Except that the government people don't ALWAYS know what they are
talking about. Having been one, I know.

I would talk to the Bahamian office in Nassau directly. I think they
will know better about tourists coming to the Bahamas than the office
in Miami will - the Miami office mostly concerned with Bahamian
citizens coming to the US.

And check the long distance charges on your phone first and get some
kind of service that doesn't charge a couple of dollars per minute to
call the Bahamas.


Mark T.
"Vik Mehta" wrote in message
. com...
My parents, who are Indian citizens, are scheduled to go for a
Carnival cruise to the Bahamas from Miami. They've been getting
conflicting information regarding their visa requirements. Carnival
leaves the visa formalities to the passengers and does not offer any
information, however Royal Caribbean explicity says that Indian
citizens do not require a Bahamian visa as long as they have a valid
visa to get back to the US.

My parents' travel agent insists that they don't require a visa,
however the Bahamas Consulate General office in Miami says they do!

Anyone who knows more about this - please write.

Thanks in advance.
Vik


grandma Rosalie




mark are u there?
  #27  
Old May 24th, 2016, 09:48 PM posted to rec.travel.cruises
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On 5/20/2016 7:09 PM, wrote:
mark are u there?


You are replying to a 12 year old post!
 




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