Sailing to Mexico from U.S.? Now (11.2011) You Need a “Zarpe” to Clear Into Mexico!

Confirmation that U.S. flagged vessels now need a “zarpe” to clear into at least the Caribbean side of Mexico.  This information directly from Kevin Ball, the Manager at Marina Paraiso, our favorite Isla Mujeres Marina:

“It is a requirement of Mexico that all vessels entering Mexican waters have a Zarpe issued from their last port of call.

I know it makes no sense that the U.S. doesn’t issue Zarpes or (VESSEL ENTRANCE OR CLEARANCE STATEMENT) as they call it, as all the countries I’ve visited including the USA, require them when entering.   The last time I went through this up there I was told by the US customs that it’s not required, but that’s not true, it is a Mexican requirement.

To clear into Mexico (at least in Isla Mujeres), you will need the Boat Papers, Crew List, Zarpe, and Passports.  For the Zarpe, the US Dept of Homeland security uses CBP Form 1300.  Use this link  (this is the form they use for commercial vessels but they will stamp it for a yacht most of the time).  Get it stamped at Customs (any Airport or Customs Port).”

Download the form from the U.S. Dept of Homeland Security Vessel Entrance and Clearance Statement Form 1300 here. Then according to Kevin, you’ll need to get it stamped at any airport or Customs Port.

If anyone has actually done this, we’d appreciate a synopsis of where you went & how it went – please leave a comment!  THX!  Jan



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  2. Thanks Jan. this is good information to have.

  3. James and I just arrived in Enseada from the US on Pegasus and we did not need a zarpe.The folks at Marina Coral could not have been more helpful, they took us to the customs office and did all the paperwork for us, all we had to do was pay the fees. We can’t recommend them enough.We did have to fill out a short form detailing the electriacal equipment we had on board, for the TIP, and provide the serial numbers of the engines. If anyone is coming from the US on the west coast, Marina Coral is a lovely marina and everyone is so pleasant and helpful, especially as this was our first time.

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  5. Paul Davidson says:

    Great article. Thanks for the info, this is really a helpful post. BTW, if anyone needs to fill out a CBP form 1300, I found a blank form in this link This site PDFfiller also has several related forms that you might find useful.

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