NASSAU, Bahamas – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is set to open a Consulate General Office in Atlanta, Georgia by April 1, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed.


“That office will offer a wide-range of consular services such as Bahamian passports, visas and other legalised documents, and promotion of businesses, investments and culture in The Bahamas,” said Joshua Sears, Director General at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


The process of staffing is underway and the office will be located in the same building that houses the Ministry of Tourism office, Mr. Sears said.


The Atlanta Consulate will accommodate the large volume of business interests floating through that hub known as the gateway to the United States, Mr. Sears said, adding that the office would relieve the heavy volume experience by the Miami Consulate Office in Florida.


Mr. Sears urged Bahamians studying and living in Atlanta to register with the consulate office once it is opened, to utilise the services there.


The consular jurisdictions for Atlanta are Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Okalahoma, South Carolina, and Tennessee.


The Consulate General Office in Miami, which has oversight for Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi, now has oversight for Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Texas and Utah.

The Consulate General Office in New York has oversight for New Hemisphere, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Maine.


The Bahamas Embassy in Washington is responsible for Ohio, the District of Columbia, Oregon, Virginia, West Virginia, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Indiana, Nevada, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Illinois, Iowa, Alaska, Hawaii, Nebraska, Maryland, and California.