While borders begin to reopen around the world, giving hope to many who wish to enjoy a well-deserved five-star escape, travel restrictions are still prevalent in a number of yachting hubs. At YACHTZOO we know many of our clients have questions regarding where exactly they are allowed to visit on a yacht in 2020, and if there are any regulations they will have to comply with when there. As such, we have collated the latest Coronavirus travel updates here. If you require any more information on this, a member of our charter brokerage team will be happy to assist in answering your yacht charter enquiry.

Read below for the latest Coronavirus travel updates by country. Please contact the relevant embassies for the latest updates for travel by yachts before you set sail.

Europe

30 June 2020

The Council of the European Union has announced the official list of non-EU countries for which EU Member States may start opening borders to nationals. Applicable from 1st July 2020, the list consists of the following 15 countries:

  • Algeria
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Georgia
  • Japan
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • New Zealand
  • Rwanda
  • Serbia
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • Uruguay
  • China*

*Subject to confirmation of reciprocity

Learn more in the official announcement from the Council of the European Council

 

 

 

 

France

15 June 2020

The French government lifted Coronavirus travel restrictions on its internal European borders. Arrivals from European Union member states – as well as from Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, and the Vatican – are now able to enter the French territory without restriction, and are exempt from quarantine.

Reciprocal restrictions will remain in place with Spain until 21st June when Spain opens its borders with EU countries (including a 14-day quarantine period), as well as with the UK. Travelers arriving in France from the UK won’t be subject to any restrictions but will need to undergo a 14-day quarantine upon arrival.

France is expected to gradually reopen its Schengen-zone external borders to non-EU countries from 1st July. 

 

12 June 2020

Entry into French territorial or domestic waters by foreign pleasure craft flying from a foreign port is now authorised, as long as the boat has a permanent professional crew. There are restrictions and procedures to follow upon arrival.

 

20 May 2020

As of 21st May, Coronavirus travel updates have been announced for France, with yachts allowed to navigate French waters under the same rules as département du Var and Alpes-Maritimes, in the Bouches du Rhône, Hérault. International access to Corsica is still forbidden, with access to the islands restricted by the 54 NM and 100km rules.

 

Gibraltar

19 June 2020

COVID-19 air travel restrictions in Gibraltar will be lifted as of 21st June 2020. This means that all incoming travellers with valid travel documents can arrive at Gibraltar Airport with no restrictions.

Furthermore, paperwork requirements for crew joining a vessel in Gibraltar will be eased, with only the following documentation now required:

  • Passport
  • Seaman’s Book
  • Letter of Guarantee from a registered agent in Gibraltar

 

10 June 2020

Today’s Coronavirus travel update brings more steps towards normalisation in Gibraltar after the COVID-19 crisis. It has today been officially announced by the Gibraltar Government that Gibraltar residents and EU residents of Gibraltar are now able to cross the Frontier with Spain with proof of their Gibraltar residency by showing a Gibraltar ID or residence card. During their stay in Spain, those residents crossing the border will need to comply with the restrictions in force in Spain in terms of mobility during the Phase 3 of the de-escalation process.

 

Greece

1 July 2020

From 1st July 2020, yachts are allowed to enter and cruise Greek waters, regardless of their flag – provided that these ships do not arrive from Turkey and Albania and will follow all the COVID protocols that are expected from the government.

All EU and accepted Non-EU nationalities will be allowed to enter Greece, however there are still many clarifications that will be answered by the government in the next following days.

These rules are expected to stay in place until 15th July.

18 June 2020

It has now been confirmed by the Greek authorities that crew arriving in Greece aboard yachts will be free to step ashore as soon as a negative result is returned. They will not need to complete the 7-day quarantine period.

 

16 June 2020

All yachts entering mainland Greece will now need to test all persons onboard at their own expense (approx. 200€)The results take from 24-48 hours to be returned, during which time the crew needs to stay on board. The results of the tests will be examined by the Ministry of Health who will advise if a 7-day quarantine period should be imposed. If results come back positive then the crew will need to stay on board for a 14-day quarantine period. This guidance is expected to be clarified by the Government in the following days.

 

 

15 June 2020

Private or Commercial yachts can now enter mainland Greece with crew on board and stay in marinas ports and shipyards, following the approval of the local port authorities, with the exception of yachts arriving from Albania, Italy, Turkey, and the UK.

Clearance delays are expected, estimated at 1 to 3 days since the port authorities will need to check documents from the yacht’s last port call and health declarations from the crew. The Greek Islands are expected to follow these guidelines, most probably by the 1st of July.

Yachts that enter the country will need to make an appointment for a representative of the Greek NHS to come aboard the yacht to perform COVID-19 tests on all crew members. If all are returned negative then no quarantine period is needed. Please note that test results take 24 to 48 hours, during which the crew will need to stay on board. If any positive tests are returned, then the crew will need to quarantine on board for 14 days.

 

12 June 2020

It has been announced today by the Minister of Health & Tourism that from 15th June, yachts may enter Greece with only crew onboard. The official declaration is expected to be made by the government on the 15th June to map out how this will be implemented and in what way. 

 

20 May 2020

In a statement, the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced that the tourism season would restart on Monday 15th June with hotels reopening. Direct international flights to tourist destinations will gradually start on 1st July with visitors selectively tested. More details are expected by the end of May 2020.

 

Italy

1 July 2020

Contrary to the list of non-EU countries permitted to enter, as provided by the Council of the European Union, Italy is still requesting the quarantine for the below nationalities:

  • Algeria
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Georgia
  • Japan
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • New Zealand
  • Rwanda
  • Serbia
  • South Korea
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • Uruguay
  • China

At the moment, foreign nationals of the aforementioned countries are subject to a quarantine period of 14 days. The Italian government is expected to announce how they will manage visitors arriving from EU countries.

15 June 2020

Current restrictions for arrivals from all non-EU/non-Schengen countries – with the exception of Andorra, Monaco and the UK – have been confirmed until 30th June 2020, with visitors subject to quarantine upon arrival in Italy.

The same procedure is applied to the yachts coming from these countries even if the people on board are EU nationals.

 

Monaco

1 July 2020

Very few restrictions remain for yachts arriving in Monaco, with all yachts allowed to enter Monaco following approval by the Police and COVID cell. 

Crew arriving aboard yachts from the EU can board directly, while crew arriving aboard yachts from outside the EU and Schengen Zone must pass the COVID test and be isolated while awaiting the results and approval from the COVID cell.

Once ashore, individuals are free to move around the country; masks are required on public transport, in malls, food stores, and some shops.

  • The Monaco Yacht Show show has been postponed until 2021
  • The casino is now open for table games, with some adaptations
  • All restaurants are open
  • Night clubs will not open, but lounge bars are open or soon to open
  • Larvotto Beach will be accessible from  4th July until the end of September

12 June 2020

The ports of Monaco are now widely open, with following procedures to be followed:

  • Ships with crew (including yachts) must transmit to the DPMA a DMS 48H00 before a scheduled stopover
  • Crew health monitoring (double testing and contact with the COVID supervisor) is only necessary for boats arriving from countries outside the SCHENGEN area
  • Tests can be done onboard upon appointment and will take 48 hours to get the result. During this time the crew will be in strict quarantine.

 

Montenegro

1 July 2020

The National Coordination Body for Communicable Diseases has opened Montenegro’s borders for entry of EU-member states without any additional conditions. Measures will remain in force for 7 days, and then the Authorities will review the situation.

Private gatherings such as weddings are still forbidden. Nightclubs also remain closed.

 

15 June 2020

Due to the recent worsening of the pandemic situation in some territories, Montenegro has implemented new restrictions to deny access to visitors from the following countries:

  1. Egypt
  2. Haiti
  3. Iraq
  4. Israel
  5. Suriname

 

Norway

15 June 2020

Individuals with residency in EEA/Schengen countries can travel to Norway from 15th July 2020, provided the levels of infection are acceptable.

A quarantine period will no longer be required for individuals entering from EEA/Schengen countries and regions. However, if a new spread of infection occurs and a country or region no longer meets the criteria set by Norwegian Authorities, the quarantine on arrival can be reintroduced. A list of countries and regions where the infection level is acceptable will be published 10th of July, and thereafter to be updated every 14 days.

Arrivals from outside of the EEA/Schengen countries may enter and depart Norway onboard a yacht, they are however not permitted to step ashore, but may use tenders and toys.

The yacht’s crew is allowed shore leave after a 10-day quarantine period, provided they follow the regional COVID-19 infection prevention and control guidance. The quarantine period starts from the departure date of the last foreign port.

 

Sardinia

10 June 2020

We are extremely happy to announce that today, 10th June, an Official Note has been released by all Port Authorities in the Sardinia Area, stating that from now on, all yachts (private and commercial), are allowed to arrive in Sardinia from all Italian and EU Ports. Official rules for yachts arriving from non-EU ports is expected by June 25th, although yet to be confirmed.

 

Spain

1 July 2020

Spain has re-opened its borders with Portugal again from today, 1st July 2020. The Spanish Ministry of Health has published a new instruction stating that as from today, any person arriving in Spain by sea or plane must fill a Health Declaration prior to arrival. This declaration must be filled and signed electronically, through the Spanish Government website or mobile app, both as below:

A QR code is generated once the form is completed and must be presented upon arrival in an airport. After reviewing all the information and in case of any suspicion that the passenger may be infected by COVID-19, an inspection is done at the airport.

We are currently awaiting to receive clear instructions from local Health Authorities protocols for yacht arrivals with this new rule in force.

 

 

 

30 June 2020

Spain has extended the closing of its borders with non-EU Countries for all non-essential travelling until the 8th July 2020 (inclusive), but with a very relevant modification: non-EU nationals but residents of any EU/Schengen country plus Andorra, Monaco, Vatican City and San Marino will be also allowed to come into Spain, as well as holders of long-stay Schengen Visas, regardless the purpose of their trip.

Travelling for tourism is not yet permitted for non-EU nationals who do not comply with these requirements, pending the announcement of borders with the 15 non-EU countries listed by the Council of the European Union.

18 June 2020

The Barcelona area has started Phase 3 of the de-escalation plan, with mobility granted in the whole territory of Catalonia. Navigation is now allowed in the region in accordance with the restrictions of this Phase. Furthermore, from Sunday 21st June, the State of Alarm in Spain will be over after being in force for more than 3 months, granting mobility within the whole Spanish territory.

 

15 June 2020

Spanish President, Pedro Sánchez announced yesterday in a press conference that borders with all EU countries (except Portugal, which has been delayed until 1st July), will be open from 21st June. Official confirmation is expected to come in the State Bulletin  

The closure of borders with non-EU countries for non-essential travel has been officially extended until the 21st June (end of the State of Alarm) through the Ministerial Order SND/521/2020 published today, although this will most certainly will be extended further until 1st July, as announced by the Government some weeks ago. 

On a more general level, Galicia has decided to end Phase 3, and has started the “new normality”, although movement restrictions between autonomous communities and arrivals from EU/non-EU are still in place.

 

11 June 2020

A new Decree-Law has been published by the Spanish Government, stating the general measures that will apply after the end of the ‘State of Alarm’ in the provinces and Islands which finish Phase 3 – scheduled for the 22nd June. Very general measures have been announced, being the most relevant ones for the general population the following, which will be into force until the Government declares the end of Health crisis in Spain (date TBC):

Use of a face mask will be compulsory in any public use space, indoors or outdoors, if the 1.5m compulsory social distancing measures cannot be accomplished. Fines up to 100€ will be applied for those not following this regulation. All businesses must take health and hygiene measures to guarantee the 1.5m distance between customers/workers.

More specifically to the yachting industry, the Directorate General for Merchant Shipping is soon expected to prepare a prevention health plan for all ships intending to call into Spanish Ports. No further announcements have been made regarding yachting activity or borders opening. 

 

Turkey

16 June 2020

During the re-normalisation period in Turkey, there is no quarantine period for anyone entering the country by yacht. In addition to normal check-in procedures, Captains will need to fill out some additional forms disclosing the body temperatures of all crew and passengers on board. If any of the individuals post a Covid-19 risk, they will be referred to the hospital. There is no restriction on the nationalities that are permitted to enter Turkey. The procedure is much the same for those entering Turkey by air.

After clearing into the country, yachts can cruise as they wish and all activities including watersports are permitted as usual. There are no restrictions for guests or crew when coming ashore, however it is recommended that social distancing is followed, as well as wearing a mask and keeping good hygiene.

11 June 2020

Today’s Coronavirus travel update brings extremely good news for yachts arriving in Turkey today, as Port Authorities have received Government confirmation that sea borders are open once again. More information about how the new opening will be implemented and what kind of measures will take place is soon expected. 

Turkey has also announced that it will restart international flights and air travel. The process is gradual and will cover more countries with each phase. Within this scope, Turkey’s national flag carrier Turkish Airlines kicked off charter flights to Germany, the UK, and the Netherlands from Istanbul Airport. Passengers, who meet the criteria set out by relevant authorities from the two countries, can travel on charter flights. Only national flights of the destination countries or those with residence permits were allowed on the flight.

 

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