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New customs program complicates Bahamas air journey, prompts confusion

The Click2Clear program is a web-based portal designed to facilitate the customs course of for pilots and their passengers. Whereas Click2Clear has been in existence since 2018 for air cargo operators, there was no formal announcement or data printed on the Bahamas’ authorities web site for personal operators.

Baker has heard from quite a lot of AOPA members all suggesting that the Click2Clear program is untested and nonintuitive for personal pilots, and he formally requested the launch of Click2Clear for personal aviation be postponed till the top of the primary quarter of 2023.

“This pause will permit the required time to acquire suggestions from impacted stakeholders to make any vital enhancements to the Click2Clear initiative, present schooling and coaching on any new customs processes, and to implement the initiative throughout a decrease air site visitors interval to keep away from confusion and any main disruptions within the occasion of a system malfunction,” Baker wrote.

Baker added that AOPA stands prepared to assist the Bahamas vet the Click2Clear program for personal pilots, with the objective of decreasing complexity and confusion, and avoiding any threat of deterring and alienating non-public operators from visiting the Bahamas.

“Whereas I respect the initiative by The Bahamas in supporting new and environment friendly strategies to enhance the customs course of, I imagine affordable discover with sufficient instruction can also be warranted … as we work collectively to make sure an environment friendly and purposeful program for personal pilots,” Baker added.

Baker additionally reminded the director basic that AOPA is a major supporter of journey to the Bahamas. The AOPA Pilot Information: Bahamas Version has been the go-to useful resource for personal pilots flying to the Bahamas for a few years, and consists of data for 57 airports within the nation. This information options maps with airport information and the structure of every island, customs and immigration data, and rather more.

With a rushed rollout and no discover for implementation, data on Click2Clear wouldn’t be included within the latest version of the AOPA Pilot Information: Bahamas Version, inflicting additional confusion for pilots trying to fly to that nation.

AOPA will present updates on a response from Bahamian authorities and their plans and timing for Click2Clear rollout.

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