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Hey mates, when you sail into an other country, do you need to fly a yellow flag until you see customs or just sail in to see them ?
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Re: Yellow flag

Yellow flag is up until formalities are complete...whatever that might mean in each country varies. Some countries have stood there and watched me swap it out for their nation's flag. Others, like the good old USA, have no consistent policy or don't care at all.

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Re: Yellow flag

What he said...

Typically the Q (yellow) flag is flown until you have successfuly ported in with all the various and sundry local officials. At this point the Q flag is swapped out for the courtesy flag of the local venue.

Point to note... Some countries or their local officials can be VERY sticky about courtesy flags. Make sure you have a decent one (Good condition and at least 12x18) and you are not flying it upside down (panama is an easy one to mess up.... Blue star to the top please) Remember you are a guest. It can go a long way towards making your visit a lot more fun.

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Re: Yellow flag

The Q flag is literally the "Quarantine" flag and it is meant to be flown when you enter a country until you have cleared all formalities, including a medical inspection. This is a hold over from the days of plague ships.
The last time I actually had a doctor board the vessel was in the Sudan in the late 70's, however during the Ebola crisis last year several of the Caribbean countries did institute more strict health clearance procedures. We are often asked if anyone aboard is ill, during clearance in the Antilles.
Many seem to think it is permissible to anchor in a country overnight without clearing in if they are departing the next day and just fly the Q flag. This is not so. You could be fined, arrested and/or incarcerated for doing this, anytime an official chooses. Beware.
I would and do fly the Q flag entering US waters, no matter that officialdom does not seem to care. I'd prefer not to have my boat torn apart by an over eager customs officer who thought I was trying to sneak in with a load of contraband aboard. Better safe than sorry.

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Re: Yellow flag

What Capta said.

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Re: Yellow flag

Actually...the solid yellow Q flag does not literally indicate quarantine. It literally indicates the opposite: that the vessel is *free* of contagion and is reQuesting practiQue, or clearance formalities. If the ship is under quarantine, needs a health inspection, has infectious crew, or what-not, the L flag might be flown. It it the Yellow Jack, four squares of yellow and black. Or perhaps the W flag to request medical attention. But in modern times one would use the radio as I doubt the L or W flag would be understood or heeded.

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