This is a problem I dealt with almost monthly having 16 crew rejoin super yachts in various foreign ports
, using tourist visas.
Sometimes it was easy, other times the returning crew have had a terrible time.
Destinations that are popular with backpackers are often the worst.
Here is the reason and a few tricks.
The issue is that airlines are fined heavily by Immigration if they allow a foreign passenger to arrive without actual proof of onward or return passage
. After being fined, Airline companies often send strong memos to their check in staff to enforce this policy without exception
When that happens and they run into a brick wall, instruct the crew to insist on speaking with their supervisor and provide your crew with the following beforehand.
On yacht’s letterhead complete with official yacht stamp and ship’s seal a professional letter accepting “Financial Responsibility”
To whom it may concern,
I am captain/owner of the private yacht …………………… registration………… presently berthed in ………..port/country
…………..(Full crew name)……….. passport #....... will be joining the above yacht as (....crew position) and they will be departing the country at my expense and responsibility.
This crew member has been known to me for …. years and is a valued asset.
This letter confirms my complete financial responsibility and obligation to hold the airline company harmless of any Immigration problems upon (name) arrival, where he/she will be met by my representative.
Thank you for your cooperation…Etc etc
Make 3 copies of supporting documentation… (One for departure Airline, one for arrival Immigration and one for arrival Airline desk if needed)
- Yacht’s registration
- Copy of stamped Entry Clearance from Arrival country and present location.
Even after that a supervisor might still be afraid to depart from policy in which case insist on crew purchasing
a 100% refundable one way from Arrival port to crewmembers resident country…Once arrived and thru Immigration…..crew cashes in ticket at airline desk and shows 3rd copy if needed.
I also reminded crew that appearance goes a long way to acceptance in these cases.