The following are clearance procedures for arriving by yacht into St. Vincent & The Grenadines.

Visiting yachts arriving in the territorial waters of St. Vincent & The Grenadines must proceed directly to a designated port of entry to complete clearance formalities before stopping at any other anchorage.

With Q flag hoisted, boats should dock or anchor in the port of entry and only the captain should go ashore taking along:

  • Three crew lists
  • Clearance from the previous port
  • Passports
  • Ship's papers

Boats must also clear out at one of the official ports before departing St. Vincent & The Grenadines.

Private vessels must pay a Cruise Tax to enable unlimited stay in St. Vincent & The Grenadines waters, and charter boats must be in possession of a St. Vincent & The Grenadines Cruising License.

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Yacht chartering is a great way to experience St. Vincent & The Grenadines. Whether you are new to chartering or an old hand, there are several excellent companies here that will help you come up with just the right yacht for you.

New to Chartering?

Yacht Charters

Even if you have never sailed before, chartering is an option for you.

  • Take a sailing course from one of our reputable charter companies.
  • Or opt for 'crewed chartering' where a captain (or a captain plus crew) manage your boat for you. The captain and crew will also supply the boat with food, provisions and essentials as the journey progresses.
  • ‘Bareboat’ chartering is when you manage all the supplies yourself, ensuring you feed the captain and crew if you have them along.

Charter operators can discuss all these options with you in more detail. Having a at least a captain along as part of your charter makes sense if you are new to this, and it is a great way to learn the ropes!

Experienced Sailors

For experienced sailors, chartering a yacht is easy with our charter companies. Simply complete a resume outlining your experience and the charter company will help you choose  just the right yacht for you.

Regardless of your experience, all operators offer skipper briefings which include navigation, charts, and yacht  familiarisation.

Work with your charter operator on preparation and cost to see what options meet your experience and budget and you are sure to have a great sailing vacation.

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The Ministry of Tourism is located on the 2nd Floor, NIS Building, Upper Bay Street, Kingstown, St. Vincent & The Grenadines.

Telephone No: (784) 457-1502

Fax No: (784) 451-2425


Office Hours

Mon- Fri
8:00 am - 4:15pm