Traveling to Cuba, via Bahamas
December 21, 2009 4:06 AM Subscribe
How does one intrepid traveler explain the double stamp to the feds upon return to US soil from a trip that may or may not include Cuba?
posted by RajahKing to travel & transportation (14 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
So, I have a friend (really its not me) and US citizen that is headed to Cuba for a few weeks. She plans to fly from a US city to Nassau, Bahamas, then quickly hop on a plane, fly to Havana. Stay a few weeks, return to Nassau, back to same US city. Presumably, her passport will have two stamps: one on say Christmas entering Bahamas, one on say January 15 entering Bahamas.
I realize there are other AskMes with answers about various odds and ends of travel to Cuba as an American citizen.
Her question is relatively specific:
Why do you say upon re-entry when the US re-entry officials notice you have two stamps of entry to the Bahamas a few weeks apart? The obvious question seems to be "so where were you for those few weeks?"
Do you lie and say you were in a different Carribean country? Do you ask the Bahamanian officials not to stamp twice? Do you cross your fingers and hope they don't?
I would love the answers to come from those who might have insight, not really looking for "she's asking for trouble dude" kind of answers. (Cause she gets that.)
Any advice would be appreciated, thanks.
*Obviously, no general or otherwise liscence has been garnered.