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How easy is it to clear Customs at Fresh Creek, Andros?

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How easy is it to clear Customs at Fresh Creek, Andros?

We have docked at the marina a couple of times but we have never attempted to clear customs at Andros Town. Has anyone had any experience they can pass along?

Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: How easy is it to clear Customs at Fresh Creek, Andros?

Radio/call ahead and let them know you will need to clear customs. Once you tie up, only the captain can come ashore to check in with the customs officer, while everyone else must remain aboard until the vessel is cleared. Calling ahead is advisable, as the officers may not be at the marina and need to be notified of your arrival.

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2. Re: How easy is it to clear Customs at Fresh Creek, Andros?

More than likely you will need to get transportation and go to the airport and will do a verbal declaration, However they may also decide to come to you and check the boat. Where will you go through immigration? As if Andros Town will be your first port of entry you will also need to clear immigration as well. So you will need to call ahead to them too.

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3. Re: How easy is it to clear Customs at Fresh Creek, Andros?

OK- this makes sense. Thanks Dusty!

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4. Re: How easy is it to clear Customs at Fresh Creek, Andros?

Ok- I'm guessing that once we get ahold of him on VHF 16, the Dockmaster will be able to make the right contacts to get us through the process? One more thing, we will be arriving on August Monday- I'm trusting that customs and immigration don't get the day off! Thanks for your reply Ann.

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5. Re: How easy is it to clear Customs at Fresh Creek, Andros?

August Monday? As in August 5, Emancipations Day? If so, that is a national holiday and you'd be hard pressed to find anyone working that day.

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6. Re: How easy is it to clear Customs at Fresh Creek, Andros?

That's the date. Well, I guess we could dock and just sit it out until Tuesday if that's the case. It would probably be the same situation if we went in at Lyford or Yacht Haven. Thanks again Dusty!

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7. Re: How easy is it to clear Customs at Fresh Creek, Andros?

HI Indy - you should call ahead. Andros Town (Fresh Creek) has full Customs and Immigration working 7 days a week, including public holidays. They will, however, likely charge you an 'overtime' fee for the public holiday. For planes, it's usually $25.

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8. Re: How easy is it to clear Customs at Fresh Creek, Andros?

$25 is okay with us. When we've cleared customs and immigration in Nassau on Emancipation Day in the past we've been charged a similar fee. The timing of getting cleared is more important to us. We should arrive in our sailboat mid-afternoon on Monday, if we can get cleared that same day life would be good. When we get within hailing distance to the marina we will let them know. Thanks AndrosYourWay!

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9. Re: How easy is it to clear Customs at Fresh Creek, Andros?

Why not just clear in Bimini or Cat cay the day.before?

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10. Re: How easy is it to clear Customs at Fresh Creek, Andros?

We can't make Bimini or Cat Cay until after dark (or very nearly) on Sunday- we normally average 5kt. across the stream from Port Everglades. Normally we cross the bank at night and go to Nassau to clear on Monday- then go diving in the area Tuesday and Wednesday. Clearing at Fresh Creek would allow us to do higher quality diving on these two days (diving is our main objective).

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