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Legalities or "non-sailing problems" with sailing to the Bahamas

Hi all,

After the girls leave for college (in only a few years), the wife and I would like to sail to the Bahamas on our own boat. My wife will not even discuss the trip without knowing the way you go about "entering" a foreign country, even though we have taken longer (in miles) sailing trips.

I realize it would NOT be a good thing to just show up in Freeport and say: "Hi, I'm from the US! Can I get a slip, a room and a fruity drink?"

Are there travel companies that specialize in this? is it a "do-it-yourself" project?

We have passports. WE have desire to go. Now what?

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Re: Legalities or "non-sailing problems" with sailing to the Bahamas

Let me google that for you
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Re: Legalities or "non-sailing problems" with sailing to the Bahamas

Look here for all matters of interest to sailors planning an offshore voyage anywhere in the world.


http://www.noonsite.com/
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Re: Legalities or "non-sailing problems" with sailing to the Bahamas

You just show up at immigrations/customs at a port of entry and say "Hi." you need passports, ships papers, the correct amount of money, your own pen and a smile. Usually easier 9-4 Monday to Friday.

The boat should be flying a yellow Q flag and you should have a courtesy flag of the nation you visit.

Pets are often a significant complication.

Except in Mexico, guns usually are not a problem if declared.

Only the skipper should leave the boat until you are all cleared

Usually done more easily, especially in the Bahamas, by putting the boat in the nearest marina to the customs office.

We have done it in 30 countries. Usually do-it-yourself but some countries like Columbia insist you use an agent, preferably the Custom officer's cousin.

Cost is anything from free to $300 plus in the Bahamas but at least there you do not need an agent.

My favorite check in is in Grenada...you do it at the Yacht Club and I drink two beers while my wife checks in next to the bar. Try that in Antigua and the fine is $1,000 US.

Noonsite is invaluable.

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Re: Legalities or "non-sailing problems" with sailing to the Bahamas

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I realize it would NOT be a good thing to just show up in Freeport and say: "Hi, I'm from the US! Can I get a slip, a room and a fruity drink?"
It almost is that easy in the Bahamas.
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Re: Legalities or "non-sailing problems" with sailing to the Bahamas

You might be interested in this recent thread: Passports, visas, etc. . . .

It's easy.

Just show up in Freeport (or Green Turtle, or Bimini, or Georgetown, or Marsh Harbour) and say: "Hi, I'm from the US! Can I get a slip? Would you call customs and immigration for me?"

Hand over your passports and do some paperwork.

Then go back to the desk and say "Can I get a room, a shower, and a fruity drink?"

Then ask "Where do we get laundry done? Can I get a fruity drink near the laundry?"
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Re: Legalities or "non-sailing problems" with sailing to the Bahamas

Jay, If you have read the previous posts and links provided you have all the info you need. Just be sure you go to a port where you can clear in via customs and immigrations. They are listed in the links provided. Chuck
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Re: Legalities or "non-sailing problems" with sailing to the Bahamas

Noonsite is the font of knowledge on this as others have said.

Read the small print if you intend fishing. This includes picking up conch or lobster while swimming.
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