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Old 09-15-2008, 05:30 AM   #15
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As a holder of both a US and a Greek (EU) passport and a Greek flagged boat I have the following comments to your inquiry:

As others have said, you will very rarely find personal hostility because you are American. Most people make a distinction between a country's policy and its citizens. You may, however, be asked for your opinions. Since I personally do not like present US policies I have no problem with that. Only occasionally, with other US cruisers of a more conservative persuasion, have I had friendly disagreements. In general, I do not encourage political discussions.

If you plan to cruise extensively in the Med an EU flag is definite plus. Once cleared into an EU country you are free to cruise anywhere within the EU.

Having an EU passport is also very useful. More countries do not require a visa for EU citizens than they do for US citizens.

I hope this helps

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Relocation, is that part of your plan? In the past, it was my understanding that neither NZ nor Australia wanted pensioners as immigrants. I do not know their current policies, though.

If you do plan to relocate, New Zealand has strict restrictions regarding offshore cruising by its flagged vessels. NZ tried to impose those requirements on all vessels that arrived in the country, prohibiting them from leaving unless they passed the rules and equipment requirements. It rankled the NZ officials that some of their residents held dual citizenship and registered their boats in the UK even though they lived in, and were legal residents of, NZ, thereby avoiding the NZ strict offshore requirements. The law imposing NZ regulations on foreign-flagged vessels was overturned by their courts after a suit was brought against NZ by a foreign cruiser.

I've heard rumblings that NZ is trying to find another way to impose these regs. against foreign yachts, but haven't heard much lately.
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