It is normal that guidance will be offered on obtaining appropriate visa's by your yacht's Captain or  Crew agent. 

Seamans discharge Book

A seaman's discharge book is a full record of a seaman's career experience and certification. To apply for a Seaman’s book contact the flag registry that the yacht is registered to. A Seaman’s Book is also a compulsory document for applying for transit visas.


You need a book if you are a British citizen who works on large yachts or not a British citizen but employed on a UK-registered large yacht.

Apply HERE

Application for a South African Seaman's book - Apply HERE

Read about the hidden benefits of a Seaman's book HERE

British Seaman's card

A British seaman's card is an internationally accepted document which lets British seamen land at foreign ports without needing a visa. 

How to get a seaman's dicharge book or British seaman's card?


B-1 = Business

While in the US as a business visitor, an individual may:

  • Conduct Negotiations
  • Solicit sales or investment
  • Discuss planned investment or purchases.
  • Make investments or purchases
  • Attend Meetings, and participate in them fully.
  • Interview and hire staff.
  • Conduct research

The following activities require a working visa, and may not be carried out by business visitors:

  • Running a business.
  • “Gainful employment”.
  • Payment by an organization within the US.
  • Participating as a professional in entertainment or sporting events

B2 = Tourism and Visit

Visitor Visa overview - U.S. Visas website

Entering the USA 

Read more about the truth behind the B1/B2 Visa HERE

The do's and don'ts of the B1/B2 Visa

French/Dutch Atillies visa

Schengen Visa


Schengen visa is the document issued by the appropriate authorities to the interested party for visiting/travelling in and within the Schengen Area. The Schengen Area is comprised of 26 countries that have agreed to allow free movement of their citizens within this area as a single country. 

Schengen area covers the majority of European countries, except for the United Kingdom and countries such as Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Ireland soon to be part of the agreement. However, there are countries that are not part of the EU like Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Lichtenstein yet do belong in the Schengen area and cherish the free movement policy.

The Schengen States are 26 European countries who have signed a treaty allowing holders of a Schengen Visa to travel freely between them.

These countries are:

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

Crewing on a yacht will almost certainly involve you entering and travelling around the Schengen States, so obtaining a Schengen visa, from the Embassy of the Country you will be first visiting, is essential.

Who needs a Schengen Visa? Click here

Australian Visa

Australia provides a superyacht specific visa for crew visiting its shores. The superyacht crew visa allows for the crew of a superyacht to work on board vessels based in Australia for one year.

According to the Australian Government immigration department:

You must be employed as a superyacht crew member and be sponsored by an approved superyacht crew sponsor or supply details of a potential sponsor who has applied for approval.

If you are granted this visa, you can:

  • Stay in Australia for a period of usually no more than 12 months
  • Enter Australia as many times as you want while the visa is valid
  • Work on your sponsor’s superyacht while you are in Australia

You cannot however do any work that falls outside of the usual day-to-day routine maintenance or business of the superyacht.

Agent guarantee letter

Can Yacht Agents help with Crew visas? Read more here