Research Permits

Research Permits

As with any country, it is Bahamian law that if you are looking to do scientific research or collecting in The Bahamas you will need a relevant permit and depending upon your specific needs, you may need several permits.

If you are interested in conducting scientific research, conservation work, or collecting within a BNT managed park you will need:

  1. To email your permits from the Bahamas Environment Science and Technology Commission (for all academic research) and/or from the Department of Marine Resources (for all marine-related research) to;
  2. Fill out the Bahamas National Trust online application form below;
  3. Pay a BNT research permit processing fee of $75; and
  4. If you require the export of any specimen (CITES or not) please contact the Department of Agriculture.

Any queries please contact the BNT Science and Policy Department ( You will be contacted within five (5) days to confirm receipt of your application. Please allow two (2) weeks for processing of your application.

All above-mentioned contacts are listed below:

Bahamas National Trust
The Bay Street Business Centre
P. O. Box N-4105
NP, The Bahamas
Tel: (242) 393-1317
Fax: (242) 393-4978

Department of Marine Resources
East Bay Street
P.O. Box N-3028
NP, Bahamas
Tel. (242) 393-1777
Fax. (242) 393-0238

DOWNLOAD: Research Application Form from the Department of Marine Resources

Bahamas Environment, Science and Technology Commission (BEST)
Charlotte House, 1st Floor
Charlotte & Shirley Streets
P.O. Box N-7132
NP, The Bahamas

Click here to access the BEST Research Application Form

Department of Agriculture

Send an email or fax, of your BEST application/permit to: Luceta Hanna –
NP, The Bahamas
Tel: 242-397-7457
Fax: 242-325-3960

And an Export Specimen Form will be sent to you.

If you are exporting a CITES restricted species you will also need to fill out the below form and fax it to the attention of Linda Curtis:

DOWNLOAD: CITES Application Form from the Department of Agriculture


  • the procedures of the permitting processes can change periodically and therefore it is recommended to check in with the relevant agencies about any changes to procedures.
  • all research equipment and materials brought into the country need to be listed in the BEST permit for exemption, otherwise, they will be subject to taxes.
  • when exporting specimens, also remember to acquire the appropriate import permits from the relevant country.
  • any intention of bioprospecting must be clearly stated on your application form.
  • recurring research with BNT managed national parks will need new applications processed, however, a reference to previous application forms and permits can reduce the amount of information needed.
  • refusal to comply with the documentation requirements may be result in the refusal to conduct research within BNT managed parks, or in The Bahamas in the future.