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 Saba - Formalities

Clearance

Contact the Harbour Master at Fort Bay on Channels 16 or 11. Once contact has been made safely moor the boat.

See Fort Bay Clearance for possible mooring options.

Clear with Customs and Immigration, then check in/out with the harbour  master. If Customs and Immigration are not available, then the HM deals with all formalities.

Due to the number of forms to be completed (with multiple copies), clearance can take a surprisingly long time. It speeds things up to have the forms ready. The Customs and Immigration form can be downloaded here.

Clearing in and out at the same time is possible, even if you are staying a few days.

Yachts must also clear in with the Marine Park at the office in Fort Bay. Download the yacht registration form (editable PDF format) here.

The Harbour Office is open 0600-1800 Monday to Saturday.

Last updated January 2017.

National Marine Park Office
Fort Bay, Saba
Tel:+599 416-3295 / 2709 Fax:+599 416-3435
Yachts must report here.

Immigration

A valid passport is required by all visitors.

Although Saba is now a municipality of the Netherlands, it is not part of the European Union nor included in Schengen Agreement Area.

Nationals from a large number of countries do not require a visa to enter Saba. Download the complete list from the official government website. Most visitors are permitted a stay of 90 days.

Dutch and US citizens are permitted to stay for up to 6 months in any 12 month period without a visa.

Passports (or a copy) should be carried at all times.

Last updated August 2017..

Customs

This is no longer a duty-free port.

All firearms must be declared to Customs.

Last updated November 2016.

Health

ZIKA VIRUS ALERT: (September 2016) There have been recent safety alerts from the US State Department, UK Foreign Office, and Center for Disease Control (CDC) regarding travel to parts of Central and South America, Africa, southern Asia, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific islands. Saba is an area of interest. There is growing concern about the rapid spread of the ZIKA Virus and the impact of the virus on pregnant women and babies. ZIKA is transmitted by mosquitos in tropical and sub-tropical climates, and there is currently no cure or vaccine. This situation is evolving rapidly, so please refer to the CDC’s dedicated website if you are intending to cruise in one of the effected areas.

Fees

There is a Marine Park fee of $3 per person per week for mooring maintenance plus $1/per person per night for nature management.

There is a visa fee of 35 euro.

The harbour fee depends on the tonnage of the vessel (prices subject to change):

0 - 40 US$ 20
40 - 60 US$ 40
60 - 80 US$ 60
80 - 100 US$ 80
100+ US$ 100

Last updated November 2016.

Restrictions

All the waters around Saba were made a national marine park in 1987 and anchoring is restricted to sandy areas where the coral will not be damaged. Spearfishing and the taking of coral or shells is prohibited. Marine Park officials patrol the anchorages and welcome yachts.

A fee is charged for the maintenance of the underwater park.

The moorings in the Park are 45cm (18in) float balls with a blue reflective band, and are color-coded to indicate the varied user groups. White and red moorings are for licensed diving vessels only. Yellow moorings are specifically for use by visiting yachts up to 18m (59ft). They cannot be reserved and are on a first-come, first-served basis. Vessels are allowed to occupy these moorings for up to seven (7) days.

Local Customs

Bathing suits should not be worn within the villages and actually going shirtless is illegal.

Pets

Animals are admitted temporarily to the island with the following papers: a health certificate dated no more than 10 days before visit and a record of innoculations, including rabies shot administered no more than 30 days prior to the visit.

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Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Aug 16, 2017 04:05 PM

Sargassum hits Saba:
Reported by Joan Conover 10 August, 2017.
Saba has its beaches full of Sargassum weed. There is currently no solution to this problem. An online site to track Sargassum weed via satellite images is in development - lots of discussions right now about what to do about this problem.
Search "Sargassum" on noonsite for latest news items.

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