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Sailing resume & requirements

Sailing Resume

No formal certification is required for most regions.

Complete our Sailing Resume and we will immediately inform you which destinations are appropriate for your experience level. Depending on your experience, you can charter a yacht on your own or choose to hire a Sunsail Skipper to take the helm by the day or for the whole duration of your entire charter.

Mediterranean Requirements

Certain regions in the Mediterranean and the Seychelles require formal certifications to charter a yacht. Please find your desired destination and boat type below to learn more about the certifications required.

Belize Charter Application

To sail in Belize without a skipper, you must fill out this application to obtain a temporary Certificate of Competency and send it along with a color copy of your passport. Your application will be submitted to the Belizean Port Authorities. Please contact your pre-departure support agent for further information.

Airport hotels

We have preferential rates at many hotels at the UK’s major airports. Please call 020 3733 7608 for more details.

Caribbean visa regulations

Visa Waiver Programme (VWP)

The VWP allows most British Citizen passport holders to visit the US for up to 90 days. The types of journey allowed under the VWP include tourism, certain types of business visit and transit to another country.
You won’t qualify for entry to the USA under the VWP, and will need to apply for a visa from the nearest US Embassy or Consulate, if:

  • you have a British passport that describes your nationality as something other than ‘British Citizen’
  • your passport has been extended by 12 months under exceptional measures put in place in mid 2014;
  • your passport doesn’t include certain security features
  • you’ve been arrested for certain crimes, even if it didn’t result in a criminal conviction
  • you’re a dual national of Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria
  • you’ve travelled to Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syria since March 2011
    Certain exemptions apply on a case-by-case basis to those who have travelled to Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syria. For more information about these exemptions, see the website of the US Embassy.

Additionally, from 1 April 2016, all travellers wishing to enter the US under the VWP will need to hold a passport with an integrated chip (an ePassport). British passports issued since October 2006 are e-Passports and carry this internationally recognised symbol on the front cover.

If you’re in any doubt about whether you qualify for the VWP, or if you’re concerned that an existing ESTA may have been cancelled due to the new rules, you should contact the nearest US Embassy or Consulate.

Nationalities affected:

Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Republic of Malta, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom.

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