Essential information by base
Bahamas Drone Regulations
A Certificate of Registration must first be secured from the Civil Aviation Department in order to import a drone. The Customs Department will detain drones at the border if a Certificate of Registration has not been obtained. To register your drone online visit the Bahamas Civil Aviation page: http://www.bcaa.gov.bs/. Further details on the Special Regulations may be obtained from the Civil Aviation Department, at 242-397-4700 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
General essential information
Sailing resume & requirements
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.
Certain regions in the Mediterranean 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.
This temporary Certificate of Competency is required for all bareboat charters in Belize.
We have preferential rates at many hotels at the UK’s major airports. Please call 020 3733 7608 for more details.
We recommend packing prescription medicine and essential clothing (swimsuit, t-shirt and shorts) in your hand luggage as occasionally your luggage may arrive at the base after you do. Please pack using soft-sided bags (with wheels as the quay is a distance from the office), as these are easier to store on your yacht.
Illness or injury
If you get sick and visit the doctor or hospital during your trip, contact a member of Sunsail staff as soon as possible on either a lead boat or at a Sunsail base or club. If you need to make a claim for curtailment due to illness, ask the base manager for assistance and contact your insurer’s emergency medical service immediately.
Your insurance company will assist with travel arrangements, advice and payment of bills. Obtain receipts for any medication, treatment or transport you have to pay for and submit with your claim
All yachts are equipped with adult life jackets harnesses. We leave it up to you to decide when personal safety equipment should be worn. We have a limited supply of children’s life jackets (age 4+ only). If you have your own children’s life jacket we would encourage you to bring it along.
We suggest that children who are not strong swimmers should not be allowed in a dinghy without a life jacket or buoyancy aid and that they should wear a buoyancy aid or harness when on deck. Children under 16 should not operate an outboard engine and should be supervised at all times when in the dinghy.
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.
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