Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is one of the Windward Islands, and lies at the eastern border of the Caribbean Sea where it meets the Atlantic Ocean. It consists of the main island of Saint Vincent and the northern two-thirds of the Grenadines, which are a chain of smaller islands stretching south. To the north of St. Vincent lies St. Lucia, to the east Barbados, and to the south Grenada. The capital is Kingstown. Island in the Grenadines include; Bequia; Mayreau; Mustique; Petite Martinique; Petit St Vincent; Union
The islands lie in the tropical trade wind zone. December to May are the best months, dry, and outside the hurricane season, which lasts from June to November.
Yachts arriving in St Vincent territorial waters must proceed to a port of entry to clear in.
Ports of Entry include;
On Bequia - Port Elizabeth
On Mustique - Dovers, Grand Bay
On St Vincent - Blue Lagoon, Kingstown, Ottley Hall, Wallilabou Bay, Young Island Cut
In the Grenadines; Canouan and Union Island
The Q flag should be flown. Only the skipper should go ashore to complete the formalities. Three crew lists, clearance from previous port, passports and ship's papers will be needed. Clearance must also be done with the port authorities, customs and immigration.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines participates in the "ESeaClear.com" scheme which allows skippers to pre-clear their yacht, crew and passage details online. The online form is at www.eseaclear.com
Boats must clear out at one of the official ports.
All persons require a valid passport and are normally permitted to stay for up to 6 months, providing they have funds to cover their stay.
Visas are required by nationals of the following countries: Dominican Republic, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, The People's Republic of China, Iraq, Iran and Nigeria.
Firearms must be declared on arrival and can be sealed on board. If a yacht has no suitable locker, the firearms will be held in the custody of customs or police until departure.
A yacht may stay up to one year subject to immigration requirements and provided customs is satisfied that it is a genuine visiting yacht.
A cruising permit will be granted by customs or Port Department on clearing in.
There is a monthly fee per crew member for cruising in St Vincent & The Grenadines.
No swimsuits should be worn in towns.
The use of spearguns or quantity fishing is not allowed unless written approval is given by the Fisheries Department. This can be requested from customs on arrival. Trolling and handlining a few fish for one's own consumption is allowed. There is a closed season for lobsters from 1 May to 31 August, and for turtles from 1 March to 31 July. The removal of coral is forbidden.
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