St Lucia is situated in the Caribbean Sea at 13° 53' N 60° 58' W. Its nearest neighbours are Martinique to the north, Barbados to the southeast, and St Vincent and the Grenadines to the south. St Lucia has a tropical climate with an average annual temperature of 26°C. December to June is the best time of year, when it is less humid, and there is no risk of hurricanes. The hurricane season is from June to November.
On arrival the captain should go ashore to report to customs. The crew must remain on board until clearance is completed. Customs clearance from last port is required and a local declaration form must be completed in quadruplicate. The following are ports of entry; Castries, Marigot Bay, Rodney Bay, Soufriere and Vieux Fort
Saint Lucia participates in the "ESeaClear.com" scheme which allows skippers to pre-clear their yacht, crew and passage details online. This avoids having to complete the multiple copies of lengthy documents on arrival. The online form is at www.eseaclear.com
Yachts must clear out with customs and immigration. A new crew list must be submitted if there have been any crew changes. If staying less than three days, boats can clear in and out on arrival.
St Lucia visa requirements can be viewed here. Normally a six week stay is granted by the customs officer when clearing in, with a further one month extension possible, however the maximum length of stay will be at the discretion of the immigration officer. Immigration officials have the power to grant visiting yachts up to 6 months.
A cruising permit is not obligatory, but permission is needed to move to any different place other than the port of entry. A cruising permit for sailing the coast or visiting other places in Saint Lucia is best requested when clearing in.
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