In our sailing voyage around the world, I never found the requirements for entry into any country to be onerous. Even entering into Egypt
wasn't that big of a deal. There were 40 pages of stuff that needed to be filled out, but for a small amount of money
, a local person happily filled it out. We never gave a person a bribe anywhere in the world. We never tipped officials who expedited our passage
. We sailed twice to Australia without a problem.
When I get close to a new destination
, I routinely heave to until daylight. If a country has expensive penalties for arriving on the weekend, I simply slow down and smell the roses rather than sail like a bat out of hell which would make me arrive at the wrong time.
Overall, we have found that entering and leaving foreign countries to be a relatively easy and uncomplicated procedure frequently requiring less than an hour of interaction with officials of the country. We also smile a great deal and say nice things about their country, and usually about an hour later all of the entry/exit procedures are finished.
I don't look for problems or anticipate that entry or exit will be a big deal, and that's the way things usually turn out.
I don't focus on the negative things that people say about particular destinations. Many of their negative experiences are related to their attitude and aggressive stance that they pursue in their interactions with officials.
I have driven Land Rover Defenders from the Iraqi border to the Yemeni border, and I have had a uniformly pleasant adventure traveling in the Arabian sands - authorities have always treated me with respect.
I sailed around the world on my catamaran
over an eleven year period, and my interactions with officials have always been positive and helpful. That includes officials in Yemen, Eritrea, Sudan, and Egypt
during our trip up the Red Sea. I sailed twice to New Zealand
and twice to Australia, and our interactions with officials were always positive.
The cruising world where I live is different from the one described in many negative blogs and commentaries. Maybe I am just a lucky person.