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Caribbean: eSeaClear Update

By Sue Richards last modified Aug 26, 2012 03:57 PM

Published: 2012-08-26 15:57:18
Topics: Cruising Information
Countries: Bermuda , British Virgin Islands , Grenada , Guadeloupe , Martinique , Montserrat , Saba , Sint Maarten , Spanish Virgin Islands , St Barts , St Kitts & Nevis , St Lucia , St Martin , St Vincent & the Grenadines , Statia , Anguilla , Antigua & Barbuda

More information has emerged about this service following a recent news item posted by noonsite where we stated that eSeaClear, the Caribbean Pre-Arrival Notification System introduced at the beginning of 2009, was no longer operational.

Whilst eSeaClear appears to be operating on line, it is currently an accepted entry system for Antigua and Barbuda only. News of other countries signing up to the eSeaClear system will be posted as soon as they become active.

In the meantime, visiting yachtsmen should be ready to complete arrival paperwork at customs and immigration offices throughout the Caribbean (i.e. filling out paper forms in quadruplicate as in the old days).

The Caribbean Customs Law Enforcement Council (CCLEC) and eSeaClear ended their working relationship at the end of June. The CCLEC are working on developing a new system which will require just one initial clearance for the whole, or at least most, of the Caribbean. It is unlikely however that this will be ready for the start of the sailing season this year.

Note that previous users of the eSeaClear system who plan on visiting Antigua and Barbudua will need to re-enter their data as the system has been restructured. It can however now be used across all departments involved in clearing vessels, that is, Customs, Immigration, and Port Authority.