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05-27-2010 07:24 AM
tomwatt Going back to the OP's question again, I believe what you experienced was U.S. Customs, plus the cruise line's own procedure. On a cruise with my family a year or so ago, the cruise line made a big production out of verifying passport & ID before getting aboard the liner... but as I noticed later, that was because for all subsequent stops, going ashore and returning in foreign ports was handled by the cruise ship ID only. In essence the cruise ship is acting as a customs agent for the country being visited.
05-27-2010 04:06 AM
hasuehounds
entering the US

we must jump through when we want to reenter.
There has to be a thousand of you that know the answer to this.
Thanks.
dd[/QUOTE]

when you enter the us, you must call the customs within 24hrs, Then visit imigration and have your passports stamped. If you dont report whether you have a sticker or not. There are homeland security laws that if you dont report they can impound your boat, or set a fee to pay or go to jail. dont laught we made the mistake of taking our time and almost faced a fine and jail!
Some places are easier to check in than others, you find out from other cruisers. We had our experience in Miami. while its a hassle and time consuming it is necessary for home land security to do their job,

kathleen
s/v legacy
05-21-2010 05:08 PM
Dolby
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Originally Posted by kredit View Post

9-11, whoever dun-it, is nothing more than another bottle of conditioner in your red,white and blue shower stall.Time to take a bath ,please!

PERFECT!!!!!! American's are conditioned...thats why i have this boat...i would rather be conditioned by Mother Nature and Father Neptune...the oceans are the last place for true freedom and life
05-05-2010 09:59 AM
zeehag get your stupid customs frequent flyer sticker and have fun the sticker is 25 or 36 dollars i donot remember--the return is soo much easier with it--is from customs and immigration and is obtainable on like--they donot call it stupid, however ,,LOL

also bring with you your last fuel receipt.. helps if , as in mexico they want some kind of proof as to your last stop.
04-27-2010 06:02 PM
FSMike
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Originally Posted by bb74 View Post
I'm a bit confused here but probably because I haven't done the carribean.

Getting into a foreign country should be pretty straight forward - customs declaration, passport check, visa check for requirements on stay. Getting back same deal as needed.

As for coming back, aside the logbook and passport stamp, what's the need to check with customs / border control (again assuming you're not bringing quantities of taxable goods.???) People get uptight about these things but it's no big deal.
The first sentence is the operative one.

Many countries will not allow you to clear in if you cannot prove you cleared out of the previous one. USA to Bahamas to USA is an exception.

The people who get uptight about not checking with customs/immigration are the people who are wearing customs/immigration uniforms.

Some day you are in for a rude awakening.
04-27-2010 04:12 PM
bb74 I'm a bit confused here but probably because I haven't done the carribean. You have a US registered boat and US passports? If so, I don't see what the big deal is coming home unless you have a locker full of rum or other taxable products...?

Getting into a foreign country should be pretty straight forward - customs declaration, passport check, visa check for requirements on stay. Getting back same deal as needed.

Pretty much like driving into Mexico or taking a flight to London.

My only recommendation (as I've sailed US east coast and the Med only), is save a nice pair of clothes and have a shower / shave for the day you do passport / customs check - everything will be fine.

As for coming back, aside the logbook and passport stamp, what's the need to check with customs / border control (again assuming you're not bringing quantities of taxable goods.???) People get uptight about these things but it's no big deal.
04-27-2010 09:38 AM
eryka
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Originally Posted by remetau View Post
Actually I didn't see where anybody aswered your question. If you have a U.S. flagged boat (documented or registered) and you are a U.S. citizen, then you do not have to get clearance when departing the U.S.
You will need to clear into the Bahamas when you arrive - you'll need your boat documentation and your passports, and $150 for <35 feet; $300 for >35 feet. You do not need to clear out of the Bahamas, but you need to clear back into the US. Check out the Local Boater Option - it's free. This is a way to pre-clear back in. You go to a customs office and do a face-to-face meeting (bring boat documentation and passports) and then in the future you only need a phone call to reenter the country. If you're using Explorer chartbooks for the Bahamas all this info and phone numbers are in the first few pages of reference material.
04-27-2010 09:26 AM
remetau Actually I didn't see where anybody aswered your question. If you have a U.S. flagged boat (documented or registered) and you are a U.S. citizen, then you do not have to get clearance when departing the U.S.
04-27-2010 09:19 AM
ddonoho
Leaving the US

Thanks to you who actually answered my question.
dd
04-27-2010 12:17 AM
kredit
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Originally Posted by joethecobbler View Post
I don't need a tinfoil hat. Today I had the misfortune of having to stop at Barefoot Landing Marina in North Myrtle Beach,SC. The winds were too high to open the swing bridge. My choices were to turn back against the wind and tides or take a slip for the night at $1.50 a foot. I reluctantly took a slip. One of the dock hands had an attitude "I can't let you tie up, you have to take a slip for the night or leave, I can fill the slip" after dockng A large motor yacht 50-60' pulled up behind me and said he was only staying for lunch, and got an "OK no problem"
So as to make the best of this lost travel day I decided to walk to the Supermarket, across town. My 6 year old daughter wanted to come along and off we walked. I purchased $60 worth of groceries, put them in a back pack (except the bread) and started to walk back to the dock.
Halfway back 3 police cruisers pulled up and wanted to see ID, asked me if I was homeless and proof that my daughter was my child. After I already said I was docked at the barefoot landing and showed a reciept, and explained we were sailing the ICW north and were being delayed by the bridge closing . they then loaded me into the police car and went to the dock and demanded to see "proof" my daughter was in fact MY daughter because they "recieved a complaint" that "an older man was seen walking with a young child" then proceeded to question her mother and us for about a half hour. Finally leaving us and all along saying over and again how they were understandably just looking out for everyones best interests.
SO, I guess I should be grateful ?
But I feel violated, and a bit embarrassed as it all took place right on the dock in front of a restaurant full of vacationers and I'm still docked here waiting for the bridge !
I think the real issue was I am an old bald fat guy who isn't wearing $100 sperry topsiders and matching polo and shorts.
They also questioned our choice of home-schooling even after we showed them our letter of intent from the state we reside in. Even asking if my daughter had ever attended public school. To which I replied "when would she ? she just turned 6 !!!"
Police state ? not a far leap.
man,I grieve at the state of things in that world Im returning to next month. That short story in essence ,is the very proof of fascism gone stinky poo... your only response should be " am i free" to go after you ask them "am I being arrested ?" but then why are police stopping people without warrants and using make believe probable causes? Police state is not coming or just around the corner...
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