Basically, cruising sailors who are not US Citizens or US Legal
resident aliens must have a B1/B2 visa to enter any USA island, etc. If you don't have one you can sail on to the British Virgin Islands
from the D.R. and then use a commonly used "work-around" technique providing each person who is taking advantage of the "work-around" is from a "Visa-Waiver" approved country with the approved format passport.
- - The "work around" has to do with taking a regular scheduled commercial ferry
from Tortola to US Virgins and checking in under the Visa Waiver Program. Then returning to the BVI
and rejoining the boat while retaining your I-90.
- - This might work
from Santo Domingo to Puerto Rico but the ferries do not operate daily, are rather expensive and take a couple of days to make the trip.
- - Stopping illegally or attempting to bypass the system by just showing up without visa's can get nasty and result in you and your crew being entered onto the "watch list" which could end up prohibiting any future attempts to get legal
visa's to the USA under any system/procedure. US Customs/Immigration in Puerto Rico is not an outfit to try to "game." They have enough problems with illegals trying to gain entrance from the D.R. and elsewhere.
- - And I suggest you check the Visa requirements for the British Virgin Islands
- there are countries that the BVI's require the citizens to have pre-approved visas before you can enter the BVI. The eastern Caribbean
can get dicey if you do not do your homework and find out what each island/country requires. The generally "pre-visa" free countries are Trinidad, Grenada
, SVG, Dominica
. You can generally slide through the system in the French Islands where they have D-I-Y check-in/out computers
. But officially they also require "pre-visas" from a lot of countries.