entering other countries
Hi guys, I've been reading on here for a while now and have already picked up tons of great information. At the moment I have absolutely no sailing experience, though as a former Marine I spent quite a bit of time at sea on Navy ships. My current plan is to attend all the local ASA schools available, I just signed up for a diesel mechanics course, which should prove handy, and then hope to find a crew position and get some real experience before I buy my own boat.
To get on topic though. My first extremely ignorant question is based on the fairly extensive travel I have already done. When flying there is always some kind of customs, or at least agricultural screening... How does this work when your sailing? When you pull into a foreign port with a US vessel do they have inspectors handy to come ask you if you have any fruit that you plan to take ashore? When you're on a ship going into a strange port you obviously have your radio but how do you arrange to dock? On the radio, or do you drop anchor, row in and make the arrangments? In adds for crew I see "passport required", which I have. But how do they check/stamp your passport when you are just sailing up? I'm sure I'll learn this quick enough when i get some real experience but these are just some things I've been wondering about.
Anyone willing to humor my complete lack of knowledge is greatly appreciated.