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Old 20-08-2009, 18:40   #1
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Papers Required for Caribbean Travel

Heading down the ICW to Florida and beyond end of September, and want to be ready for the jump to the Caribbean Islands. Other than Passports, USCG Documentation, and insurance papers, the only other thing I can think of is a crew list (any special format?). Do any of you that have been there/done that have any suggestions as to other papers necessary or benificial to have?

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Passports (all persons) and USCG documentation are the key items. Imigration in and out along the way matter too.

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You've got it nailed, Cap. Check out for island-specific info on clearing in.
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Bring along numerous copies of everyone's passports and prepare a crew list, citing the DOB's. citizenship, passport nationality/number/expiry date/place of issue and each person's respective roles/positions on board. If travelling with young children and without both parents being present, it is important at certain locations to have copies of a notarized letter of permission by the other parent. I have a stamp with the registered name of the vessel (if registered by number, you should include that). I stamp the crew list.

Customs/immigration officials will generally need photocopies and I have found that having them pre-copied, in conjunction with an offical looking crew list, both impresses and makes things easier for them.

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Not exactly to the point, but close: do get yourself the basic shots (hepatitis, tetanus, etc.) and while at it you might have this documented too - this is called the yellow book (a proof and record of your vaccinations) - this is not required but there are health issues, esp. in the poorer places (Cuba, Haiti, Dominicana, Venezuela). Also, to lesser extent - in the ex-English colonies. No issues in the ex-French/Dutch places though, except for Dengue, but there is no vaccine for this one.

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