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Is Mexico, the Bahamas, and Canada considered international flying? Just kidding.

It's not really that cosmic. You file an international flight plan (for info, look at General Planning, the section on the Form 1801, International Flight Plan"). In the remarks section you give estimates for each FIR boundary you'll cross, based on time elapsed after takeoff.

You'll also need to look at information in the State Department Foreign Clearance Guide for border crossing restrictions/ requirements, etc.

A good link for some of this info is found at

Although many of the links might be inaccesible unless you're at a military computer.

Before setting off, you'll probably either want to get with someone who's had some experience doing all this, or at least get a book on the subject from, say, Sporty's. There are books that deal specifically with the Bahamas, I believe. There are probably also some books on Mexico. You could probably score some good pointers by lurking around the hangar of some corp that flies to these locations and talking to the planners/pilots.

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