I hope John understands that the discussion is not about him.... but clarity on the proper procedures, for those new to cruising worldwide.
Historically, in the days of sailing ships, port management prioritized on health
first which is why even today Quarantine officers are always the first to inspect to make sure there are no contagious diseases on board.
Athough the boarding party is made up of various departments..... Q-officers take the lead in processing so always show them preference.
If in doubt about arrival procedure...you will often find a Quarantine Anchorage marked on the chart.... So anchor
there first and continue to try and make contact with Port control for instructions.
That way...you are following international convention.
Beaware ... After 9/11, port security
upgrades are tighter ... So you are often expected to file/email pre-notice from last port PRIOR to arrival.