Excerpted from the first post in “Firearms Regulations by Country”
Firearms Regulations by Country
What you can expect by Country:
I’ve attempted to provide a representative list, sampling some of the many Countries a cruiser might wish to visit. This list is, of course, incomplete.
Tourists who arrive by private boat are required to declare firearms (and every round of ammunition) to Bahamian Customs
, and leave firearms on the boat (in a secure compartment) while in The Bahamas
. In the event of your being boarded by Customs
or the Royal Bahamas
Defence Force, the information on your cruising permit
will be checked carefully against your actual supply. Ammo’ must match cruising permit
The Turks and Caicos
The importation of all firearms (including those charged with compressed air) to the Turks and Caicos
is strictly forbidden without prior approval in writing from the Commissioner of Police. U.S. citizens may contact the Turks and Caicos
Customs Department at (649) 946-2867 for specific information regarding customs requirements.
In practice, your guns will be confiscated for the duration of your stay, and returned immediately prior to your departure. Once you’ve retrieved your firearms, you’ll be expected to depart immediately. Spear guns, Hawaiian slings, controlled drugs, and pornography are also illegal.
The Dominican Republic
The DR is one of those places that confiscates your weapons, requires you to check in and out of every port, and allows cruising yachts to stop at only a few ports
U.S. Virgin Islands
Firearms must be declared and need a permit. For further information on firearms write to the Commissioner of Public Safety
, St Thomas, USVI.
British Virgin Islands
Firearms must be bonded and are held by the proper authorities until time of departure. Contact BVI Customs & Immigration at (1)(284) 494-3475, the Embassy of the United Kingdom in Washington
, D.C. or one of the UK''s consulates in the United States for specific information regarding customs requirements.
You need a permit to own any gun on Anguilla
. Firearms should be licensed and must be securely locked on board, under the captain's control only.
Antigua & Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda
customs authorities may enforce strict regulations
concerning temporary importation into or export from Antigua and Barbuda
of items such as firearms.
Fire arms must be declared and if customs are satisfied that they are safely secured, you may be allowed to keep them on board.
St. Kitts & Nevis
Firearms must be declared and usually are bonded on board.
Non-French nationals on a tourist visit to Guadeloupe
for less than 185 days can import
two hunting guns and 100 cartridges for each. Other firearms are not permitted. All weapons should be declared.
It is illegal to take firearms into or out of Dominica
. Don't even think of it - Dominican jails are very basic!
‘Noonsite’ says “Firearms must be declared.”
Firearms and ammunition are a heavily restricted item
Prior approval required from the French Ministry of Defense to import
firearms. (Import permit issued by Directorate General of Customs, bureau D 3.)
‘Noonsite says “Firearms must be declared.”
Licensed firearms must be declared and are subject to immigration and police regulations.
Firearms must be declared, but no action is taken if staying less than three days, after which they must be sealed on board by a customs officer. Yachts temporarily imported will have weapons held by customs in Castries or possibly by police if a longer permit is obtained.
Undeclared and unlicenced firearms will be seized by the authorities.
St. Vincent & The Grenadines
Licensed firearms must be declared and are subject to immigration and police regulations. An application must be made to the Commissioner of Police for a local licence. Undeclared and unlicenced firearms will be seized by the authorities. Firearms must be declared on arrival, and can be sealed on board, but if a yacht has no suitable locker, the firearms will be held in the custody of customs or police until departure.
Firearms must be declared to customs and will be sealed on board in a proper locker or kept ashore in custody until departure. A receipt will be issued by the police.
Firearms must be licensed and declared immediately to customs on arrival. They will be kept in custody until departure. Penalties for non-declaration or possessing an unlicensed firearm are severe.
Trinidad & Tobago
Firearms and ammunition must be declared on arrival and will be taken by the customs boarding officer and placed in custody at the central police station. Requests for their return prior to departure must be made to customs at least 48 hours before clearance; failure to do so may result in a delay to departure or departure without the firearms. To keep firearms in your possession during the stay, it is necessary to apply to the Commissioner of Police for a licence.