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VISA REQUIREMENTS and SEAMAN'S BOOKS

Please be advised that Yacht Assistance can provide the requested guarantee letters for crew from South Africa, India, Philippines, Afghanistan, China and other countries.

PassPorts, Visa, Seaman's Books, ID's, and other documents

Please feel free to contact us if you have any Visa or other paperwork questions.
We can certainly help you.
We know that South African people and other countries need Visa, Seaman's Book and / or other paperwork we can give a request letter and application form to facilitate the requests.

CARIBBEAN VISA REQUIREMENTS

The Ministry of Justice announces that as of Monday April 11, 2011, anyone travelling to Sint Maarten of Guyanese and Jamaican nationality will now require a VISA for entry into the Country of Sint Maarten. This new regulation is based on a decision taken this year by the Minister of Justice, with the support of the Council of Ministers.

Therefore, it is of utmost importance that all persons traveling to Sint Maarten who are of Guyanese and Jamaican nationality, be aware and informed that all border controls are in place to ensure that this new policy is enforced.

VISA’s should be requested in the country of residence and a formal written request must be submitted by the Inviter for approval at the Immigration Department.

The Dutch Embassy in Port of Spain, Trinidad is responsible for the issuance of VISA's for the English-speaking Caribbean.

Address:

Netherlands Embassy , Trinidad & Tobago
3rd Floor, Life of Barbados Building, 69-71 Edward Street
PO Box 870
Port of Spain
Trinidad and Tobago
Phone:
1-868-6251210

Entry Requirements for U.S. citizens
* A valid passport and a return/continuing ticket.

Entry Requirements for Canadian citizens
* A valid passport and a return/continuing ticket. * A certified copy of birth certificate, a photo identification and a return/continuing ticket.
* A "Landing permit" (Permanent Resident Card) with valid passport and return/continuing ticket.

Entry Requirements for European community citizens
A valid passport and a return/continuing ticket.

Nationals of the following countries listed below require a
visa for entry into the Netherlands Antilles for a maximum
stay of 3 months:

Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
Angola
Armenia
Azerbaijan
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Belarus
Benin
Bhutan
Bolivia
Bosnia-Herzegovina
Botswana
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cambodia
Cameroon
Cape Verde
Central African Republic
Chad
China
The Peoples Republic of China
(with the exception of Hong Kong SAR
en BNO document holders)
Colombia
Comoros
Congo-Brazzaville
Congo-Democratic Republic (formerly Zaire)
Cuba
Djibouti
Dominican Republic
East Timor
Egypt
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Fiji
Gabon
Gambia
Georgia
Ghana
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Haiti
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Ivory Coast
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kiribati
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Macedonia (formerly the
Republic of Yugoslavia)
Madagascar
Malawi
Maldives
Mali
Marshall Islands
Mauritania
Mauritius
Micronesia
Moldova
Mongolia
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar (formerly Burma)
Namibia
Nauru
Nepal
Niger
Nigeria
North Korea
Northern Marianne
Oman
Pakistan
Palau
Palestinian Authority
Papua New Guinea
Peru
Philippines
Qatar
Russian Federation
Rwanda
Sao Tome and Principe
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Serbia and Montenegro (Yugoslavia)
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Solomon Island
Somalia
South Africa
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Swaziland
Syria
Taiwan
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Thailand
Togo
Tonga
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Tuvalu
Uganda
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
Vietnam
West Samoa
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe

Visa Exemption Categories

The following categories are exempted from the visa requirement:

– Holders of a valid residence permit for the United States, Canada, the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, Ireland or Switzerland;

– Holders of a valid residence permit for the French part of St Maarten;

– Holders of a valid residence permit for one of the countries or public bodies (Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba) of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the Caribbean;

 

For professional yacht crew
on the visa-required list without one of the stated visas, entry is granted with a Seaman's Discharge Book and an Agent Guarantee Letter that a local agent will prepare.

For yacht guests on the visa-required list without one of the stated visas, a 48-hour transit exemption to go from the airport to the vessel or from the vessel to the airport can be arranged with our Yacht Assistance Guarantee Letter.

On December 23, 2008, the Netherlands Antilles Minister of Justice and Foreign Affairs in Curacao, reversed his decision to end on December 31st the yacht crew visa waiver program.
This came after much prompting and negotiating by members of the SMMTA Board, including a trip to Curacao to make a presentation to the Ministry and regional Consular officials, as well as intervention with the Minister by the Lt. Governor of St. Maarten.

The visa waiver program for yachts applies to the following:


Only crew of a yacht with paid crew and paying passengers or owners on board, with a minimum length of 14.6 meters (48 feet), possessing cabins for a minimum of 6 passengers and separate sleeping quarters for the crew are eligible for stays of up to 30 days at a time with a maximum stay of 90 total days.
The passengers must either be paying passengers, or owners and owner's guests of the relevant yacht.
The vessel cannot be primarily a ferry or for the transport of cargo.
Finally the crew without visas must have an internationally recognized sailor's log or Seaman's Book.


Cruising yachts with just owners/guests and no paid crew are not eligible for this program and must have visas if they are nationals of countries are on the visa required list.

Press Release from the Department of Information Secretariat Council of Ministers of the Netherlands Antilles


Visa policy for those on board commercial yachts liberalized

After evaluation by the Netherlands-Antillean authorities it has been decided to far reaching liberalization of the visa policy for crew and passengers of commercial yachts. This is especially important for commercial pleasure yachts which call at the islands of the Netherlands Antilles. Mention can be made of the pleasure yachts which moor at the Spanish Water (Curaçao) and Simpson Bay (Sint Maarten).

In anticipation of a definitive mechanism the liberalization applies till further notice, however, till ultimately July 1, 2010. The Minister of General Affairs and Foreign Relations, Mrs. Emily de Jongh-Elhage and the Minister of Justice of the Netherlands Antilles, Mr. David Dick, have decided hereto.

Of the comprehension "commercial yacht" (luxury commercial pleasure yacht) it is assumed when it is a nautical vessel with paid crew and paid (paying) passengers on board, the size of the yacht is minimal 14.6 meters (48 feet), it possesses cabins for minimum 6 passengers and separate sleeping quarters for the crew, transporting of freight is not the main purpose of the voyage. Besides the local labor legislation must be complied with and the passengers must either be paying passengers, or owner of the relevant commercial yacht. Finally the crew must have the disposal of an internationally recognized sailor's log.

The visa policy of the Netherlands Antilles is a joint exercise of the visa work group in which are represented members of the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of General Affairs and Foreign Relations. In specifically this framework they have worked closely with the stakeholders in the shipping sector of the Netherlands Antilles.

Previous News
This policy encourages the use of seamen’s discharge books and guarantees in the amount of US $50.000 p/concerned crew member provided by the local ships agent. 

Captains who find it necessary to apply for crew visas should contact a St. Maarten ships agent for information on obtaining pre-approval through the Foreign Affairs Office for a possible 1 year, multiple entry crew visa.  This type of visa will only be issued in person at any Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and at the Kingdom General Consulate in Miami. 
Pre-approval by the Directorate of Foreign Affairs is necessary for acceleration of procedures.

Harmonization of visa policy within the Kingdom of Netherlands since 2005 required changes to immigration legislation for the Netherlands Antilles (Dutch Caribbean Islands). Last year the SMMTA held meetings with the Island Government of St Maarten in an effort to obtain more information of the implementation of this legislation. The response from the Island and Central Governments was extremely positive and a meeting was held with the office of the Local Chief of Police, the Directorate of Foreign Affairs, the SMMTA and Island officials to draft an amendment specifically for the yachting industry in St. Maarten. 

On November 15, 2007 the Netherlands Antilles Minister of Justice adapted the application of the 2005 legislation for the charter yacht and mega yacht industry until July 1, 2008. 
The Minister has decided to continue this adaptation until December 31, 2008 which allows him time for an evaluation of this policy.

To summarize:

48 Hour In-transit Rule – Commercial yacht owners, commercial yacht owner guests, charter guests, and bona fide paid crew members of a yacht who are nationals of a country on the January 2005 visa required list and who are not in possession of a valid visa for the Netherlands Antilles will be able to transit from the airport to a yacht in St. Maarten as long as they are departing on the yacht within 48 hours of arrival. 

When arriving in St. Maarten on a yacht they must depart by air or sea within 48 hours of arrival.
Crew and guests arriving by yacht and departing through the airport must show a valid air ticket, e-ticket or private jet information to Immigration at the sea-port before transiting to the airport departure.
The ship agent provides the necessary guarantees.

Seaman’s Discharge Book.
- Bona fide paid crew members of a yacht who are nationals of a country on the January 2005 visa required list and who are not in possession of a valid visa for the Netherlands Antilles but are in possession of a valid Seaman’s Discharge Book will be allowed to enter the Netherlands Antilles (St. Maarten) without a visa, provided they comply with all other relevant requirements.
A list of requirements can be obtained from all registered yacht agents.

PLEASE CONTACT US FOR SEAMAN'S BOOK REGISTRATIONS, NEW SEAMAN'S BOOK APPLICATIONS AND MORE.

Joining crew members arriving by air must be in possession of a joining letter ( OK to board ) for immigration officials at the airport.
Joining crew members must be added to the ship’s official crew list at the sea-port immigration office on arrival. 
Departing crew members must be signed off at the sea-port immigration office before departure. Note that the 48 transit rule also applies for crewmembers.

This visa policy is applicable only when a licensed ships agent provides a letter of guarantee in the amount of US $50.000 p/concerned crew member to Immigration at the airport and sea-port for said crew/guests. The letter of guarantee must include the crew/passenger names and passport information as well as the name and location of the vessel.
The ships agent must also handle the vessel clearance with Immigration at a sea-port.

The Netherlands Antilles Directorate of Foreign Affairs has stated that there are not enough resources on the islands to ensure compliance in any other manner but the letter of guarantee from an agent. 
Yachts arriving and departing who have no crew or guest visa issues are free to attend to immigration matters without an agent.
 

* For the purposes of this policy a "Commercial Yacht" is a defined as a yacht with bona fide permanent paid crew.
The policy is not concerned with the type of flag registration.


St. Maarten Marine Trades Association

St. Maarten, August 11, 2008

Please be advised that Yacht Assistance can provide the requested guarantee letters for crew from South Africa, India, Philippines, Afghanistan, China and other countries.
 
Please call + 590690629955 or
e-mail Info@YachtAssistance.com
 
 

U.S. citizens require one of the following:

  • A valid passport and a return/continuing ticket.
  • A birth certificate with raised seal and photo identification and a return/continuing ticket.
  • Naturalized citizens must show an original naturalization certificate with photo identification and a return/continuing ticket.
  • Permanent Resident (Green Card) holders must have a valid passport and a return/continuing ticket.  
  • A Valid Passport is required for Everyone Effective January 8, 2007.  

Canadian citizens require one of the following:

  • A valid passport and a return/continuing ticket.
  • A certified copy of birth certificate, a photo identification and a return/continuing ticket.
  • Canadian residents require a "Landing permit" (Permanent Resident Card) with valid passport and return/continuing ticket.

European Community citizens require:

  • A valid passport and a return/continuing ticket.

Nationals of the following countries listed below require a visa for entry into the Netherlands Antilles for a maximum stay of 3 months (effective January 1, 2005)

Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
Angola
Armenia
Azerbaijan
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Belarus
Benin
Bhutan
Bosnia - Herzegovina
Botswana
Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cambodia
Cameroon
Cape Verde
Central African Republic
China
Columbia
Comoros
Congo Democratic Republic (Zaire)
Cuba
Djibouti
Dominican Republic
East Timor
Egypt
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Federal Republic Of Yugoslavia
Fiji
Gabon
Gambia Georgia
Ghana
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Haiti
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Ivory Coast
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kiribati
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan / Kirghizia
Laos
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Macedonia (Yugoslavian Republic)
Madagascar
Malawi
Maldiven
Mali
Marshall Islands
Mauritania (Islamic Republic)
Mauritius
Micronesia
Moldavia
Mongolia
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar (Burma)
Namibia Nauru
Nepal
Niger
Nigeria
North Korea
Northern Marias
Oman
Pakistan
Palau
Palestinian Authority
Papa New Guinea
Peru
Philippines
Qatar
Russian Federation
Rwanda
Sao Tome en Principe
Saudi Arabia
Sechellen
Senegal
Serbia - Montenegro (Yugoslavia)
Sierra Leone
Solomon Islands
Somalia
South Africa
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Swaziland
Syria
Taiwan
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Thailand
Togo (Togolese Republic)
Tonga
Tsjaad
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Tuvalu
Uganda
Ukraine
United Arabic Emirates
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
Vietnam
Western Samoa
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe

For other countries, kindly contact your closest Dutch Embassy/Consulate or the Yacht Assistance office.

Airport Departure Tax:

For International destinations, there is a departure tax of US$30.00 for those age 2 and up.
This departure tax might be already included in the airfare of certain airlines.

For islands within the Netherlands Antilles, the departure tax is US$10.00.
Some have made provisions to include the departure tax in your airline ticket.

 
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