Originally Posted by brak
You do not "wave" your passport. Your passport contains an RFID chip with all the information about you that is being read by a system and information is being saved and processed. It's no different than a paper form, except of course some people get to call it "wave" and feel "more free".
Checking into European ports
is about as easy/difficult (according to your definition) as is checking into a US port (when arriving from another US port or foreign land etc).
In my experience, there is no additional "freedom" in dealing with European customs/border procedures as opposed to those in US and, in some cases, there is less.
eh no, EU passports unless you specifically request it, are not as yet fitted with RFID biometric data. and in fact when they are its a contact form.
The EU is far simpler for a US citizen to enter, then a EU citizen to enter the US.
Lets examine this in detail
* US, non citizen requires a full VISA( even visa wavier countries) , apply well before hand, subjec to interview and expensive, anything other then a road traffic misdemeanour and you aint getting in.
* US, non-citizen, must apply for a cruising license
, or check in at every port in the country
* US, non-citizen , will be subject to fingerprinting
* Advance notification is being considered for sailors
* Violations of your visa, will prevent you from ever entering the country again.
* EU, non-citizen, if from visa wavier, may enter EU purely on standard passport, visa is automatically entered into passport, rules that apply at airport
are applied to private yacht entry.
*EU, non-citizen, once inside the Schengen area, are not required to check in again, ( though many do and some port authorities ask for it )
*EU, non-citizen, no further security
checks, no cruising licenses, etc ( except Greece).
* for Visa wavier countries, no checking of law violations, unless of course youre on a watch list
* No advance notification is being considered, even the UK has dropped it as an option.
* In reality at most EU ports, US private sailors, will be expedited and rarely if ever subject to customs
* Visa violations have been treated leniently, especially overstays, mostly ignored and passports re stamped and time extended.
Foreign visitors to the US are basically treated as suspect terrorists, EU visitors are treated as tourists.
I'm sorry but in 25 years of both living in the US, sailing to teh US, working in, and working and visiting the US, its sad to see that great country descend to this.
I understand why though, dont get me wrong, very few non-US sailors other then Canadians sail to the US, and Canadians therefore rightly get preferential treatment and the rest get treated with a much higher degree of suspicion. The EU countries have a huge marine
tradition that goes back centuries, with trade
and visiting vessels between countries by sea playing an enormous part in that.