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Customs and Immigration Update - Tobago, September 2007

By doina — last modified Oct 15, 2007 11:02 AM

Published: 2007-10-15 11:02:00
Countries: Trinidad & Tobago

There are no exceptions, if a yacht arrives in the territorial waters of Trindad and Tobago, during the hours of darkness, at weekends or on a public holiday, or is checked-in outside of office hours (0800-1600) or during lunch hour (1200-1300) she will be "fined" US$30.

We arrived at the Charlotteville customs and Immigrations offices at 08.30 on Monday the 10th of September and were told to go on a 1.5 hours busride to the Scarborough Ferry Terminal in order to have our passports stamped in, returning at nightfall to the fabulous Man of War bay anchorage. Before continuing to our next anchorage in Tobago we must check out here! Before sailing overnight from Tobago to Trinidad we must check out again and be sure to arrive in daylight hours and check in during office hours or another fine of US$30 will be payable! Not very free or pratique in a country which welcomes more than 2000 visiting yachts per annum for service and repair.

In most countries yacht crews are registered as tourists - why are they not accorded the same privileges as tourists that arrive per air? Perhaps they should be registered as live-aboard seamen obviating the requirements for visas?

John Jameson, Taraipo