With IGY’s inaugural Caribbean Charter Yacht Show fast approaching, the burning question on brokers lips worldwide is: ‘How can I secure a visa to attend?’
IGY’s Yacht Haven Grande in St. Thomas is delving deep into the issue to ensure a smooth path for European and non-US based brokers, crew and visitors to enjoy what surely promises to be one of 2021’s yachting highlights.
"We are working to solidify Yacht Haven Grande, St .Thomas and the USVI as the yachting epicentre of the Americas," asserts Bert Fowles, IGY’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "We are fully committed to a successful charter show. One issue is smoothing the path to welcome foreign crew and non-US based brokers into the USVI and IGY is conducting deep dive research to resolve this."
Private flights leaving Antigua on 8th and 9th December to take guests to St. Thomas with airport pick-ups are in place.
To facilitate US VISA applications, direct resources are at the ready to support yachts crews HERE in addition to continuing discussions with the USCBP.
As CCYS clients reach out specifically for USVI support regarding the above, IGY will action direct referrals to resources after receiving written approval from the broker/captain that they want CCYS support in this regard. The CCYS has retained experienced resources to directly support foreign flagged yachts with the entry process into St. Thomas, USVI encompassing both Customs & Border Protection and Coast Guard requirements.
"Customs and Border Protection are being very cooperative," adds Brian Deher, IGY’s Regional Director. "It can be difficult for non-US citizens to get visas in place in the yachting sector. We’ll help by being proactive with immigration issues for non-US citizens coming to the show. The visa time period should get you through the rest of your Caribbean season, turning attendance at the show into a far bigger opportunity."
In a nutshell
The prospect of being able to visit 50 superyachts berthed in the idyllic splendour of Yacht Haven Grande in early December has huge appeal to travel-starved brokers at what looks to be one of few shows to go ahead in the past two years.
Adds Bert: "We will do everything we can to support the visa process and make this inaugural Caribbean Yacht Show in St Thomas a huge success, attended and enjoyed by brokers and visitors from all over the world."
Easy to follow entry steps
Normal Arrival Procedures for The US Virgin Islands - click HERE
United States Requirements for Foreign Yachts Entering the US - click HERE
Note to brokers
Should you need support with the entry process, have questions or require clarification on specific points, please do not hesitate to reach out to our team to advance direct support.