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Apis

Does anyone know what happened to APIS? In April CARICOM decided to reintroduce APIS in July 2008. This was as per a speech by the chairman of CARICOM (the prime minister of St. Vincent).

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Check the Chris Doyle site..

NEW APIS REGULATIONS
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Thanks. HOwever the information is a bit old. I cruised the Caribbean this last season without any problem but the reported speech was in April 2008. I'm hoping nothing came of it, since the speech stated reintroduction in JULY 2008!

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Actually, the document is generally called a zarpe, not zarpa... and comes from the spanish word that means to set sail IIRC.

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As Cam says you probably won't need it for Antigua, BUT I always got one when leaving US waters (which was mostly from Puerto Rico). Customs generally have a word document (Moorhead City, NC might have to do a search for one), but they do exist. Add lots of official looking rubber stamps and you are good to go. The more Latin the destination the more important the Zarpa.

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ps. Why are you planning to miss all the good bits in between NC and Antigua??
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Thanks SD..... you are correct....

but I generally concentrate on providing new information instead of platitudes and acting as a spell checker to others... I did Google it (as you obviously did) but as I have always pronounced it "zarpa", so I went with that.

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Yeah, but if they google ZARPA instead of ZARPE, they'll get very few hits and I doubt many will be relevant.
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but I generally concentrate on providing new information instead of platitudes and acting as a spell checker to others... I did Google it (as you obviously did) but as I have always pronounced it "zarpa", so I went with that.

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Most places in the Caribbean are used to dealing with US boats leaving the US without clearance. While we have not made our first stop at Antigua, the absence of clearance papers was no problem at the BVI or Bequia last year.
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Marinegirl, when in doubt, your best bet is always to send a written letter to the appropriate authority and try to get a written reply. (Antigua consulate, embassy, port authority, coast guard, etc.) then when you enter, if someone says "That's not right" you don't have to argue with them, you show them the letterhead from their own country or agency saying that it IS right.

Many bureaucrats, in and out of the US, are either poorly trained or looking for a little extra money off the books. Having things documented from their superiors often ends that problem.

Similarly, a letter to USC&I and the USCG asking "Can I obtain a letter of clearance outbound before leaving the US?" would help. If someone says "but you must have a letter" and the US authorities state "we do not issue them", you know someone is fishing for mordida.

Email? Nice. Phone? Nice. Letterhead in hand? Priceless!
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After being on hold with the CBP for about an hour, I finally was directed to the 24Hr number at Moorhead city (252-726-5845, I should have just started there, this the same number you use to check in if you arrive at Moorhead City).

There I spoke with someone who knew what I was going to ask about before I even finished my question (good sign).

On leaving I can visit their office (534 N 35th St, Suite H, Moorhead city), or I can call them and if they are not busy, they may even come out to me (at Moorhead city or Beaufort). All i need to produce us my USCG documentation for the boat and they will (apparently) provide me with a 1300 (no charge) which will be accepted by Antigua (and anyone else I guess).

A couple of you questioned or suggested the bits in the middle we are skipping - the plan is to get them on the way back, some time in the future... This way we have less windward sailing :-)

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MG405...thanks for the update. Good to know the local offices will issue one. Now...do us a favor and DON'T present it in Antigua...just say you left from the USA. See if they ask you for it and then pull it out of your pocket if needed.
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