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Re: Questions about customs in the French Isles (St. Martin, Guadeloupe, Martinique)

Do not be tempted to skip the check in process in the French islands. They have a working computerised check in system and the French coasties do patrol the anchorages with lists.

They have fined skippers who failed to check in thousands of Euros AND deported them by air.

Yes it is a bit of a hassle but the computers are usually located in a place by the dock sometimes a bar or cafe and one page does customs and immigration for a few Euros. They are also pretty laidback about boats arriving at mid day and not checking in to the following day. Also crew going ashore to eat before the check in process is complete. Do not do this in Antigua, skipper only can go ashore until the clearance is complete. They seem to be particularly alert for this in Jolly Harbor, several captains have been fined.
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