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Old 05-10-2016, 05:53   #1
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Customs&Procedere going from BVI to USVI and back by charter boat


I will charter a boat for 2 weeks in Jan 2017 from Tortola and plan to visit the USVI.
  1. How do I clear out of BVI customs?
  2. Do I have to clear out? What will happen if I dont do that?
  3. Do I have to get a US Visa in advance ($160)?
  4. I read about the following possibility: Get visa waiver (ESTA). Cross by official ferry to USVI. Get a stamp in the passport. Go back to BVI by ferry. Cross to USVI by charter boat. Check in with the US customs. ($60)
    Is this still working???
I would be great to get some answers!

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Re: Customs&Procedere going from BVI to USVI and back by charter boat

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, CG.

Vessels traveling between the BVI and USVI must clear out of BVI waters at one of the ports of entry and clear into US waters either at Cruz Bay, St John or Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas.
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Re: Customs&Procedere going from BVI to USVI and back by charter boat

1. Take your passports and boat papers to BVI C&I, either in Soper's Hole (West End) or Great Harbour on Jost van Dyke. There are supposedly new regulations that everyone aboard must present themselves, but as of last week they haven't been enacted/enforced, so just the Captain goes into the offices. Clear out.
2. The US won't let you clear in if you don't have outbound clearance papers. They'll send you back - if you are lucky. If you aren't lucky, you'll be charged with a criminal offence.
3. Yes, only U.S. Citizens and LPR can enter the U.S. by vessel without a visa. Even citizens of countries that can fly to the USA with the visa waiver program need a tourist visa.
4. That loophole does work and is legal. I asked the C&I people in Cruz Bay about that when I cleared in (I have a Visa, so it didn't apply to me) and it is still valid.

When you clear in at Cruz Bay you need to ensure that everyone aboard joins you, they must all present themselves in person to the C&I officials and they'll get fingerprinted and retina scanned.
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