Entering U.S. Waters
Anyone entering U.S. waterways is required to follow a number of strict immigration and boat operation measures.
Before heading to the U.S. by water, it is a good idea to contact the U.S. immigration office or visit www.cbp.gov/travel/pleasure-boats-private-flyers for the latest updates regarding U.S. Homeland Security procedures.
When in U.S. waters :
- Carry a passport or other document that denotes identity and citizenship;
- Stay 100 yards away from all military, cruise lines and commercial shipping vessels;
- Operate at minimum speed (no wake) and proceed as directed by the Coast Guard or the Navy when within 500 yards of a U.S. Naval vessel;
- Avoid all military, cruise line and petroleum facilities;
- Avoid areas near dams, power plants and other facilities;
- Do not stop and anchor under bridges or in channels, as it is prohibited;
- Immediately report any suspicious activity to local authorities;
- Never approach, confront or challenge those acting in a suspicious manner; and
- Always lock, take your keys and secure your boat when leaving it unattended.