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 Federated States of Micronesia - Formalities

Clearance

Before arrival, apply for the FSM “Application for Vessel to Enter” form. This form is also known as the entry permit or cruising permit.

You can download it here. The completed form should be sent to ImHq@mail.fm.

There have been incidents (late 2016/early 2017) of yachts' permits being delayed, so Smith (Manager of ACE Hardware in Kosrae) has offered to chase up applications as a favour to the cruising community. Be sure to "cc" both Smith and Kosrae Immigration when sending the completed form.

For example:
TO: ImHq@mail.fm
CC: kil@mail.fm; Kosraeace@mail.fm

The approved permit will be sent to the Immigration office at your planned port of entry (and other islands on your itinerary) so that it is ready when you arrive. See further details below in documents.

A second form documenting your arrival and departure will be completed after you arrive.

All yachts, whether in possession of a permit or not, must proceed directly to a port of entry.

On approach, call Customs on VHF channel 16 during normal working hours (08:30-17:00 Mon-Fri).

It is forbidden to stop at any islands before clearing in. Even after having cleared into one of the four member states, it is still necessary to complete formalities with Customs and Immigration on arrival in each individual state.

Yachts sailing to another state may stop at outer islands on the way, even if they do not belong to the state that has already been  cleared into, as long as a coastal clearance is obtained in the port of departure.

For the current procedures and fees in Kosrae for arriving pleasure boats, see the Noonsite/Kosrae page.

Last updated February 2017.

Immigration

Passport must be valid for 6 months beyond the date of departure from FSM.

Entry permits are granted on arrival for up to 30 days, with proof of adequate funds. Extensions of 2 lots of 30 days can be obtained, up to a maximum stay of 90 days. It is worth asking on arrival, if you intend to stay longer, for the full 3 months.

It is necessary to clear both Customs and Immigration in and out of each state, and a new entry permit of 30 days is given each time.

Stays of over 30 days in one state must be applied for in advance from Chief of Immigration, PO Box PS105, Palikir, Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia, FSM 96941. Tel. 320 2606, Fax. 320 2234.
Download the required form at www.visit-micronesia.fm/permit.pdf

Citizens of Palau, the Marshall Islands and the USA can be issued an entry permit for visits up to one year.

Last updated January 2017.

Chief of Immigration
Department of Justice, FSM National Government , PO Box PS-105 , Palikir, Pohnpei FM 96941
Tel:+ (691) 320 5844 / 320 2605 Fax:+(691) 320 7250 / 6240
Chuuk Immigration Office
PO Box 866 , Weno, Chuuk FM 96942
Tel: 691.330-2335 Fax: 691.330-4135
Kosrae Immigration Office
PO Box IMM , Tofol, Kosrae FM 96944
Tel:691.370-3051 Fax:691.370-3227
Yap Immigration Office
PO Box 363 , Colonia, Yap FM 96943
Tel:691.350-2126 Fax:691.350-4167

Customs

Firearms must be declared to the police on arrival and may have to be surrendered until departure.

Any fresh food on board may be confiscated.

Customs authorities may enforce strict regulations concerning temporary importation into or export of items such as religious materials, antiquities, medications, business equipment and other items.

Ensure that you have prescriptions for all medications on board.

Chuuk Customs: Office 330-4482 Mobile 931-8811

Kosrae Customs: wmongkeya@yahoo.com

Last updated January 2017.

Health

Note: Zika outbreaks have been reported in the Federated States of Micronesia. Because of the risk of birth defects in babies born to women who were infected with Zika while pregnant, women who are pregnant should not travel to Micronesia. For more information, see Zika Virus in the Federated States of Micronesia.

Typhoidk, Hepatitis A and tetanus vaccinations are recommended.

Visitors should use caution in where they obtain their drinking water.

Visitors to the island should cover arms and legs and wear hats and shoes (rather than sandals). It is advised that you apply insect repellent.

There are hospitals on the four main islands and some scattered clinics. Medical supplies can be in short supply.

Last updated January 2017.

Documents

A cruising permit is required in advance of arrival.

Apply in writing to the Chief of Immigration (see contact details above under Immigration). The application should contain the following information: boat name, port and flag of registration, LOA, net and gross tonnage, detailed crew list (passport numbers, issue date, expiry date), detailed itinerary, intended port of entry.

Make your application several months before your intended arrival date as applications take time.

The approved permit will be sent to the Immigration office at your planned port of entry (and other islands on your itinerary) so that it is ready when you arrive.

Several cruisers have reported that, in spite of applying well in advance of their planned arrival, no permit was issued.

Others have reported that they have received permits dated from the day they requested them, not the date of arrival.

If the permit has not arrived by the time you leave the last port, a copy of the original application should be sent again to the Chief of Immigration's e-mail address. An answer may be received within 48 hours. If on arrival in Micronesia you still do not have the cruising permit you have applied for, be sure to have proof that an application is in process.

There is no fee for the permit. The permit is issued for an initial 2 month period, however extensions are simple. Write a "request for extension" letter, explaining why you want an extension and for how long. Attach the current expired permit, and your original application (just in case), and deliver to Immigration. Most cruisers will be granted an extension up to 6 months.

Any yacht arriving without the permit may be asked to leave after three days.

Last updated January 2017.

Fees

Each state requires $25 quarantine fee.

Yap:
Overtime is charged outside of 0800-1700 Monday to Friday, and at weekends. Then Customs, Immigration and Health all charge $6 per hour.

There is a harbour fee of $50
There maybe a charge for fresh water.

Pohnpei:
Overtime is charged outside of 0800-1700 Monday to Friday, and at weekends.
Harbour fee $65.

A departure fee of $20 is now charged.

Kosrae:

There are no fees for Customs or Immigration if inspections are done during normal business hours (08:30-17:00 Mon-Fri). Otherwise overtime charges apply.

The entry fee is 50US$, payable to the Port Authorities. The fee covers a 3 month (90 day) cruise.

Cruisers report not having to pay any other fees in Kosrae.

It is customary to pay the port fees when you check out at the end of your visit.

Chuuk:

There are reported to be substantial additional charges here. See this report for an explanation and the best way to minimize them.

Last updated October 2017.

Restrictions

When visiting outer islands of each state, not the main centres, permission must be asked for beforehand from the owner of the land. Even uninhabited islands and islets do have an owner. Permission is normally granted. The chief of the village should be visited first, and offered a symbolic gift. On some islands, the chiefs are now legally entitled to charge visiting yachts a landing fee.

The authorities in Chuuk no longer allow visiting sailors to dive on the many wrecks, even if accompanied by a local guide. Dives are only permitted with one of the local dive shops.

Holding tanks are becoming a requirement and officials may inspect them when clearing into Pohnpei. These restrictions were imposed because of commercial fishermen, but cruising boats were also affected. Requirements are no longer strictly enforced on yachts, but the situation may change in the future.

Ant Atoll, 10 miles SW of Pohnpei, is a privately owned atoll and permission must be obtained from the authorities in the capital Kolonia before a visit.

Local Customs

Many islands, especially the more isolated ones, are attempting to return to a traditional way of life by doing without Western goods and rejecting the Western way of life. Visitors are urged to respect local customs and refrain from disturbing these people's lives. Conservative dress, especially for women, is recommended.

The Congregationalist church is very strong on Kosrae, and on Sundays even leisure activities are disapproved of.

Pets

Animals require a veterinary certificate and must remain on board at all times. Birds such as parrots and parakeets cannot be imported without special permission from the Director of Health Services. Birds not having this permission may have to be destroyed or exported.

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Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Mar 21, 2016 03:02 PM

Posted on behalf of SY ARIEL IV - Kosrae Updates:

This is the Swedish sailing vessel Ariel IV, out on our second circumnavigation. We did the Northwest passage in 2010 and were cruising in the Pacific the last year, and we now have some good news for all the boats going to Micronesia and especially Kosrae (FSM).

After a long time of both high port fees and confusions we can confirm that yachts now only have to pay 30 dollars for 90 days and then 1 dollar a day after that. No Custom or Immigration fees! There is also a Quarantine fee of 25 dollars.
The port control were very helpful and nice.

There are now two ATM machines that do take VISA cards, and others!

Smith, who is the helpful man at ACE Hardware, has a car that we can use for all purposes.

New fantastic hike can be done down in the village of Tafonsak, ask for the Mayor, pay him 10 dollars per head and ask for Lasarus to take you on a fantastic hike and swim up river and to the waterfalls!

We also stayed one night inside the Otwa anchorage bay and there are two red mooring buoys which are alright in normal weather conditions. Beautiful anchorage and close to the inland mangrove area which you can explore if you have kayaks or SUPs or with a local guide on an outrigger.

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