In 12 years of cruising we have stopped in at hundreds or more foreign ports
First you need to know what is required to enter a country. In Russia
we needed a visa but most we just stop by and clear in. But you must do your research
. From Montenegro to Croatia
is beautiful little bay in Croatian waters that people stop by before clearing in. The Croatian CG watches that bay and give huge fines for boaters who stop by for a quick swim.
But we never tell anyone we are coming -- we just show up and some times telling does no good anyway. We had a terrible experience in Egypt
and we had even contacted an agent before had - it was a disaster and we never got cleared in and just left.
We sailed into Israel
and the research
said contact Haifa RCC 25nm out or so and we did - they knew we were there - run ais
- and we just sailed into Herzilya with no issues - ok so a gun boat
came out to say hi - same thing when we went into Russia -
We do call on channel 16 but most times get no answer - but we do call several times just to be sure. Only time we did not a port capt gave me a lecture and then coffee -