Thus far in our 4-year cruising career we have entered and exited eight countries. Of course each country has its own laws, and some countries are more demanding than others, but they generally all follow the same format in processing cruising boats like The Fox. At a minimum, most every Latin country wants to see your travel permit ("Zarpe") designating your departure port and your destination port; your crew list ("Lista de Tripulantes"); copies of the photo page of all the crew's passports as well as the original passports; and your boat's registration. Plus bring cash for all the fees that may be charged by the port captain ("Capitanía"), Immigration ("Migración"), and/or Customs ("Aduana"). Some countries want their officials to come to your boat; others want you to come to them. With very few exceptions the officials we've dealt with have been consistently professional and helpful. It's a fairly standard drill and a cruiser soon gets used to who wants what, and when or where they want it.