Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
Join Date: May 2006
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You are confusing two different things - the situation with the Chinese government on one hand and the regulations of the countries you want to visit on the other. My wife is originally from Beijing and is now a Canadian citizen which is a big help from the perspective of entering other countries since we need not got visas to most countries (Australia being an exception, go figure). Her take is that leaving China is not a big problem but entering other countries with a Chinese passport can be. The reason is that many Chinese citizens have abused visitor status in the past so other countries want to have more control when they visit. Your experience with the US is typical and this is not likely to change any time soon.
I don't think the fact that east Caribbean nations have an electronic check-in system is going to help with visa requirements - it just makes it easier to enter because there is less paperwork (we have had questions on forms like, "How many crew died of plague during the voyage?"). Check Noonsite, check the country's immigration website and you should be able to find out what the visa requirements are. BTW, entering by sailboat is generally more complex than entering by airplane for a holiday at a resort.
After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.