Visit and Search Law and Legal Definition
Visit and Search is the right of a belligerent warship, under certain situations, to board and search a merchant ship in order to know its true nature. That is, if the ship is a neutral ship or a enemy ship. It can also include the right to visit and search a neutral vessel on the high seas for goods of the enemy and contraband of war which such vessel may be carrying.
The rights of an officer of the customs to call, stop, and board a vessel, and to search it and the goods aboard in the course of enforcing the payment of customs duties also come under this right.
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