Originally Posted by dropanchorfor3
I have a question, my gf and I were in Miami today and stopped by a Miami harbor. We saw the CBP show up with border patrol. It seems if you sail to lets say the Bahamas you have to tell them when your going and when your coming back, Is this really true.
If so what happens if you go, and you don't checking with them, how are they or is anyone to know you are going to sail out of the country. This sounds serious.
If you're a US citizen, you don't need to clear *out* of the US when going to Bahamas or Canada, or USVI to BVI, but you need to clear *into* those countries. And, you need to clear back *into* the US. If you go back and forth frequently, look into "Local Boater Program" for returning to FL, or NEXIS (sp?) for returning from Canada. Each of these will let you pre-register your passport and ships papers with CBP, then you can generally clear back into the US with just a phone call instead of showing up in person. It's a free program, convenient for you, and lets CBP concentrate their resources on bigger risks.