Hey i've looked around and can't really find the info. if you know a post already please refer me to it, if not then I have a few questions id appreciate some help with.
I'm doing a Trans Atlantic in the spring and well.
How do you find what procedures you need at every port you intend to go to.
They seem to vary so much.
Do you just go and call when you get there and figure it out then.
What if its late at night. all I found on this was you might pay a fee.
Is there specific channels for different places. or is it the same as marinas around here, you contact them and they switch you to a certain channel,
What if they dont speak english or french. guessing they'll figure out your a vessel from a distant place anyway.
Things I do know is that you must fly a Quantine flag until cleared then your courtesy flag, be nice , be polite , and I got that some people carry gifts such as pens or things like that for customs agents. Any help apprecited.
Noonsite is what you need to look at see CLICKY
No gifts required in Europe. Generally if you are in a port visited by the cruising community things wil be fairly relaxed and if you are in a marina the staff will know what to do and where to go. Just have the Q flag flying. Some countries CAN be strict about only the skipper going ashore untill all formalities are completed.
Assuming you are a non EU passport holder there is a nasty surprise in store if you want to visit the group of countries covered by the Schengen Agreement
The Schengen Visa issued to nationals of other countries is only valid for 90 days. This means a total of only 90 days can be spent in the Schengen Agreement countries in any 6 month period, even if it is a multi-entry visa and time is spent in countries outside the Agreement. A new visa will not normally be issued within 6 months of the date of first entering a Schengen Agreement country.
For nationals of non-EU countries which do not require a visa (for example, the USA), the 90 day limit still also applies.
In northern waters, the following countries are part of the Agreement :- France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden, Norway and Finland.
In the Mediterranean, the following counties are included:- France, Italy, Malta, Greece, Spain and Portugal.
This restriction may only affect a small number of cruising boats, but since applications for this visa can take some time, are very complicated if not applied for from the crew's home country, extensions are almost impossible to obtain and fines are imposed for over-staying, it is something of which to be aware.
Make sure you have the necessary certificates for a country onboard. In some cases they MUST BE THE ORIGINALS. France is picky about this. Things like boat registration docs, skippers certificate of competance, Radio licences etc.