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VHF license for foreign waters
We went just about everywhere in the Caribbean (exceptions: Cuba, Columbia, Panama, Nicaraugua) and there was zero interest in any radio licensing - as evidenced by the customs/clearance forms and procedures.
OTOH when British CG folks accept a float plan in UK waters, they request your radio call sign (which presumes licensure). I''d expect this might be typical of more bureaucratic Northern Europe...but it doesn''t mean you can''t come here without one.
It''s my impression that radio regulatory practices are, in most countries and especially those outside Western Europe and North America, driven by revenue collection and a general desire for regulation absent enforcement, active licensing practices & education. Even within the U.S., the FCC''s role has shifted dramatically away from enforcement related to voice comms as other parts of the frequency spectrum and comm types accellerate in importance.