Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: St Thomas USVI
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Re: Arriving to Puerto Rico from USVI read this!!!
When arriving to Puerto Rico you must call
Customs to check in. If you use the small boaters
Option card, it's just a few minutes on the phone
Instead of an expensive can ride to customs.
What cruisers don't know that arriving from the USVI
To Puerto Rico YOU MUST AGAIN CALL OR CHECK
INTO CUSTOMS-FAILURE TO DO SO IS
PUNISHABLE BY A LARGE $20K FINE AND EVEN
This is because Puerto Rico does not recognize
The USVI as part of the United States. The UsVis
is an unincorporated territory, it is not part of the
USA like Puerto Rico is!!!
We didn't get the fine for failure to report to customs
But a written warning that stays on your record 1 year
So when in doubt about customs CALL!!
As mentioned, entrance procedures are clearly stated in Noonsite. I disagree with your statement that PR
doesn't recognize the USVI as being part of the USA. If that were true, one would have to deal with immigration and customs, not just customs. I think a more correct perception is that the USVI are tax/duty free and PR
doesn't want goods purchased in the USVI imported for resale in PR
without paying tax. Booze and cigarettes are very cheap in the VI and smuggling into PR
is not a welcomed activity. I am glad you weren't fined.