Jud - s/v Sputnik
what you have to do to check out
I’ve heard of this before but never understood what this “check out” of a place means. I’ve only ever sailed from Canada to Alaska/US then back to Canada; and from Hawaii/US to Canada. Neither country required us to check out - we simply left - but entering either country obviously required us to check in, as at any land or air port of entry.
If, say, I’m in French Polynesia on my boat and I want to sail to England, say, I can’t simply (if I knew what I was doing ) sail away, go East, round Cape Horn, then sail up to England and, once arrived, check in to an acceptable port there? I have to have checked out of French Polynesia first? Who’s to know? Or would English (or other country) immigration authorities ask where I cleared out of from last, whether Uruguay, Germany, Japan, Russia, French Polynesia, etc.? Just curious why the next country you’re entering care whether you’ve filled out some forms to leave a place? I thought countries only cared about entry (in terms of not bringing in contraband, having the appropriate visa for entry, not having an infectious disease to spread upon entry, etc etc). Is this just a French bureaucracy thing (they seem to like paperwork and rules), or a general practice?