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Entry & Clearance

entryYacht Entry and Clearance Procedures

CUSTOMS

If you are re-entering the country through the dockyard, you must speak to customs.

Opening Times: Monday – Sunday 8am – 4pm in the off season, 8am to 6pm during the season.

Contact: 460-1397

IMMIGRATION

If you are re-entering the country through the dockyard, you must go through immigration.

Opening Times: Monday – Sunday 8am – 4pm in the off season, 8am to 6pm during the season.

Contact: 463-9410

ON ENTERING ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA

Yacht entry to Antigua and Barbuda is very similar to the proceedures at most ports throughout the world. Yachts and vessels arriving from an overseas port and requesting entry must, on arrival either anchor at or alongside the dock at any of the marinas, fly a ‘Q’ (quarantine) flag from a high point of the rigging in a sailing yacht or from the bridge of a motor yacht.

WHAT YOU NEED

Yacht entry procedures were substantially simplified in 2009 and it is now possible to download from the internet the two immigration forms required for the yacht, the crew and any guests. The forms are available onwww.antiguamarineguide.com and www.abma.ag. If you are unable to download these forms they are available at the Ports of Entry.

REMEMBER!

You must clear in within 24 hours of arrival. There are severe penalties for failing to do so. Any crew or guests should remain on the vessel until clearing procedures are complete.

LEAVING OR EXCHANGING CREW

Masters wishing to exchange crew members must do so in the prescence of an Immigration Officer, signing the said crew member(s) off one vessel and onto another with both masters taking full responsibility. Failure to do so will result in legal action. Any crew member leaving a vessel in Antigua must have a valid airline ticket departing from Antigua to a foreign destination. It is illegal to sell or otherwise dispose of an airline ticket to persons other than those who originally purchased the ticket. It is an offence to remain in Antigua and Barbuda without the consent of the immigration authorities.

MEMBERS ARRIVING BY AIR OR JOINING A VESSEL

In the case of crew members arriving by air or joining a vessel that is leaving for a foreign destination, a signed letter from the yacht’s captain or a local agent will be accepted in lieu of a return ticket. This documentation must be presented in advance of or at the time of the individual’s arrival at the airport.

RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR EACH PORT

Every vessel in Antigua and Barbuda’s waters must carry a valid cruising permit. Vessels anchored in English Harbour or Falmouth Harbour or berthed at Nelson’s Dockyard, Antigua Slipway, Antigua Yacht Club Marina, Falmouth Harbour Marina and Catamaran Marina are subject to National Parks Authority fees in addition to Port Authority Fees.

ON LEAVING

Vessels clearing out of Antigua and Barbuda must depart within 24 hours of completing clearance procedures. All departing vessels will be obliged to pay harbour dues before departing. Receipts for all Port and National Parks fees must be shown even if clearing out through a different port from the original Port of Entry.