Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] US entry

Giovanni TESTA

Hi Ian and Judy,
we are italian and we have Fr flag on my SM2K . I had to obtain a 10 years VISA from US consolate in Firenze to enter USVI this year.
Our passports, normally valid for turism, are not sufficient to clearance with boat !
Do you know south Cuba ? I'll be there next season . Any suggestions ?
Gianni TESTA
s/v EUTIKIA n 428

----- Original Message -----
From: "Ian & Judy Jenkins" <ianjudyjenkins@...>
To: <amelyachtowners@...>
Sent: Saturday, September 13, 2008 2:21 PM
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] US entry

Hi y'all, We are thinking of taking Pen Azen, British flagged, to visit some former colonies next year, arriving in Florida ( shhh... might be arriving from Havana...) and working our way north to Noo Yawk. Is there anyone who has recent experience of taking a foreign flagged vessel( crewed by two Aliens) to the States? There have been scare stories circulating in the Old World about the boys and girls from Homeland Security, 96 hours notice of entering US waters, the need ( on a strict reading of the legislation ) to notify the authorities if you even move berths within the same marina etc etc. I am sure that in practice it is all much easier but it would be interesting to know.
We both have UK passports and the UK has a visa free entry if you fly in to the US but I am not sure if the same applies if you sneak in at 7 knots.
All would be no doubt revealed if I could afford the $300 to attend an interview at the US embassy but I am sure that there will be an Amel owner out there somewhere who will have all this at his/her fingertips.
Cheers, Ian and Judy, Pen Azen, SM 302, Trinidad

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