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What are the procedures for sailing in and out of an international port?

What exactly is one supposed to do when arriving at an international sea port? I kind of doubt that you just sail in and tie up somewhere. Are there forms to fill out? Do you have to contact special people or pay certain fees?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    In most cases you must contact "customs" in the country you are entering. This can be done on your ships radio. Secondly, you might need to contact the local harbor master for mooring or docking information. In many areas you can contact local marinas on line about "transient rates", which might be negotiable. If you know places you are going to visit, you might contact the embassy or consulate for that country for details on laws about such things as local laws, documents needed etc. In almost all cases you will need you ID, passport, and the vessel documentation. I hope this helps.

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  • 1 decade ago

    If you are coming to Australia you have to tell customs at least 96 hours in advance - generally you won't have contact other than by VHF as there is no monitored HF channels. Yep it's as stupid and impossible as it sounds unless you have sat. phones etc.

    Yes there are always fees and forms. Always.

    Good luck

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