Originally Posted by Billie
- What is the process of checking in with another country?
- What fees
can we expect?
Check in process:
This varies from nil to pretty intricate and time-consuming. Basically, you have to think about
a) immigration check in (crew- passports and visas - sometimes required in advance),
check in (boat papers),
additionally, one of the below may apply:
c) harbour check in (harbour master or office have to be informed),
check in (crew (includes pets) - health
papers, boat - possible fumigation - rats, insects, etc.)
You will collect information on each specific country from the country authorities' websites. You will also learn things from other sailors as at times things are liquid and change from day to day (well, almost).
So, in a word, you will have to visit from 0 to say 4 different authorities in each new country. Be warned that some countries require pre-advice.
Please note that check-in is one thing, check-out is another, and in some countries you have to do it all in every visited port.
Again, from nil to hundreds of dollars. In fact, we at times made our cruising choices based on too high check-in/out fees. Too bad, but in the retrospect we do not feel we lost
anything. The places we visited 'for free', or nearly so, were fantastic enough!