Formalities France - Channel Islands

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Anyone know if there's a french equivalent of a C1331 that needs to be completed when a UK flagged yacht leaves france for the channel islands?

I'm planning a UK-france-channel islands-UK trip. HMRC's advice line tell me they're only interested in the C1331 part 2 on my return and not to complete part 1 if first port of call is france even if intending to continue to the channel islands. They couldn't tell me what I needed to do departing the EU from france and helpfully suggested I might call the french embassy.

I've never heard of other people doing anything departing france for les isles de la manche and if that's "standard practice" I would expect blank stares in the capitainerie if I asked. But "standard practice" is not necessarily correct.

Anyone know the routine?
 

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I do wonder how many yachts actually complete the C1331 even if they are going straight to the CI. We did for the first time last year, but does the 2 parts just end up in a box for recycling.

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As to the legal position I am unsure.

But, I'm pretty sure that the hundreds of French yachts that travel from Brittany or Normandy to the Channel Islands every July and August don't fill in any paperwork to do so. Les douaniers don't seem to be too bothered. I'd expect they would be even less fussed about a UK flagged yacht doing the same.;)
 

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I do wonder how many yachts actually complete the C1331 even if they are going straight to the CI. We did for the first time last year, but does the 2 parts just end up in a box for recycling.

Pete

Our old HM used to collect these on behalf of HM Customs, when the box was full to overflowing he chucked them in the bin. In 10 years or so none were ever collected. I never bothered to fill one out after being told this.
 

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See here, page 5 para 1,: http://www.guernseyharbours.gov.gg/yachtFlipBook/index.html.

There is also a contact number for Customs & Immigration on page 13; I’m sure they would be able to answer any questions.

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I haven't read through the entire document in your link, but I suspect that what you are referring to there is the form that you are handed on arrival at St Peter Port. Those of us who visit Guernsey are well used to completing those at the same time as parting with our berthing fees. I think the OP is querying whether there is any paperwork required on the French side.
 
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I've never heard of other people doing anything departing france for les isles de la manche and if that's "standard practice" I would expect blank stares in the capitainerie if I asked. But "standard practice" is not necessarily correct.

You may get fewer blank stares if you refer to us as 'les iles Anglo-Normandes'. The phrase you used has a different usage to what you think.
 

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See here, page 5 para 1,: http://www.guernseyharbours.gov.gg/yachtFlipBook/index.html.

There is also a contact number for Customs & Immigration on page 13; I’m sure they would be able to answer any questions.

That's for immigration into the channel islands. What I'm trying to find out are the formalities for leaving France: Guernsey authorities probably wouldn't be concerned with that ( or our C1331 which also isn't mentioned).

The correct people to ask would of course be french customs but that could result in a lot of international call time stressing my mediocre french past its limits.

Presumably there's a fair number of forumites who must do this kind of trip regularly and possibly professionally...
 

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We have done the trip countless times and I really dont think the french are at alll interested in UK yachts leaving them, they have shown little interest in our arrival, I would just enjoy the trip and forget the formalities other than paying the mooring fees and filling in the forms given to you on arrival. I really dont think the UK are that worried about the C1331 either
 

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We have done the trip countless times and I really dont think the french are at alll interested in UK yachts leaving them, they have shown little interest in our arrival, I would just enjoy the trip and forget the formalities other than paying the mooring fees and filling in the forms given to you on arrival. I really dont think the UK are that worried about the C1331 either

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The other problem I have is where to obtain the C1331 and where to leave it once filled in. This assumes that I have decided to vist the CI first and before leaving the mooring.
 
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