Call Coastguard Control on VHF 16 to inform of the vessel's arrival and an ETA in port. Make sure you fly the Q flag and proceed to the customs dock. The dock may be busy as the pilot and crew boats use it as well. There is a US $100 charge if remaining at the Customs dock overnight.
Once a vessel has entered territorial waters, the captain and the crew must check in with 24 hours of arrival. Read this, useful information:
- you will need either US Dollars or Trinidad Dollars to check in. An ATM can be found a short Maxi-Taxi (van with a yellow stripe) ride east along the main road in front of Coral Cove. The fare is about 5 TT$ or the driver might take US$ (1 US$ = 6.7 TT$). In West Mall are two banks and many more ATMs but this is a bit further. Private cars are safe but more expensive than the Maxi-Taxi. Ask the price before boarding.
- Immigration and Customs are both open 24 hours a day, seven days per week. However, if you arrive/depart outside of regular office hours (0800-1200, 1300-1600, Mon-Fri) you will be charged an overtime fee. Some boats wait in Scotland bay so they schedule their arrival during office hours. You should also schedule your departure time within office hours.
- Dress code: clean and smart, smart shorts or trousers, collared shirt; NO bright colours, camouflage or sandals. Don't forget to remove your hat when you enter an official office.