Customs & Immigration
The Eastern Caribbean Islands include many different nations, each with its own customs and immigration formalities to be dealt with on arrival and departure. These are not generally difficult. Typically you are asked to fill in forms supplied by the officer. Always carry your boat papers, passports and a blue or black pen (red and green are unacceptable) when you visit customs and immigration, as well as some blank paper in case they ask you to make your own crew list.
The customs officers have to wear uniforms and sit in offices all day. They, like you, would probably prefer to be having fun, so if you arrive looking too relaxed they will refuse to deal with you. At minimum wear flip-flops, a presentable t-shirt and shorts.
In some countries customs can be very late on arrival, so if you need to get going in the morning, clear the day before.
Sailclear.com is a new system of form filling which can be done online. It works for Anguilla, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, Montserrat, Dominica also BVI, Turks and Caicos, Caiman islands, and Curacao.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines will be online “just now”.
Those with pets on board will be able to walk them ashore in the Dutch islands. The French islands will allow them ashore, provided they have a rabies certificate. Anguilla, St. Kitts and Nevis, Montserrat, Antigua, and Dominica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, are free of rabies (except Trinidad which has rabies only in the bat population) and will not allow pets off the boat without considerable paperwork and contact with the government vet.
St. Lucia customs use sailclear.com. You also need to fill in an immigration form for each crew member, here is the Word format or pdf from St. Lucia now. St. Lucia Visa info – visa forms (courtesy Harmony Yacht Services)
St. Martin Sint Maarten/st. Martin visa info