I've read all the blogs about what happened in Jolly harbour and the comments above. It seems like everybody agrees that if "you smile", "you behave correctly", this wouldn't have happened. Ignorance is not an excuse and if you are going to one country you should know how to properly check in; I agree. But charging
someone 5.000 EC because the wife went to bathroom or next door pizza restaurant , refusing to make check in, keep him for couple of days, questionning several timeslike someone who murdered tens of people is not imposing the law. As far as I know many countries in the Caribbean
has similar laws and regulations
but they are not imposed that way.
We arrived to Rodnay Bay in St Lucia
late in the evening and one of my crew left the boat for buying
a cigarette althought I told him several times that he shouldn't leave the boat before we clear in. What should I have done ? Lock him in a cabin
The problem is not the laws but he people who interprete and impose them. The custom process İn Martique is probably the best I've ever seen and yet the authority in Le Marin is suggested to be avoided. (which I did)
Meanwhile, I've checked in and out in 10 countries over the last 4 months and most of them required a visa for the passport I am carrying. With the exception of Greece
, noone has ever asked my passport , let alone checking my visa and noone has ever baorded my boat for any reason.
Aren't they doing their job, or are they doing what is best for their countries ?
PS: I've ckecked in Jolly harbour yesterday w/out an issue