Hi Walloon, & Welcome to Cruisers Forum! As Įstriš
says, every country is different. But most have you clear Customs & Immigration. Sometimes there's Port Captain
as well, &/or others. Noonsite is a good place for that sort of info. We also try to provide similar but more detailed info in our Cruisers Info
section, but only for the places we've been to.
The only place we've had to notify them in advance is Australia
, & they will actually overfly you several hundred miles out to sea. We've only needed visas in advance for Australia
, but that depends on what passport you use.
The process of clearing in varies widely, but usually takes a day or so of walking around to the various offices. Or sometimes they come to you. Everywhere's different.
Three things can help:
- Have a boat-stamp made up (should cost ~$10, just design your own, something simple but with boat name, & number)
- Pre-print several crew-lists (boat name, number, home port, gross & net weights, etc, crew names, passport numbers, birth-dates, birthplaces, etc).
- Have LOTS of passport sized photos of you & the crew ready if necessary.
Most boats will have an inkjet printer on board to make your own crew-lists &/or photos, but we found the inks dry up & clog the holes. So after throwing 2 away we bought a small laser printer. We've found that the scanner/copier function is well worth the extra price
, especially when dealing with officious officialdom.