Cruising Association publishes webinar on ‘Channel Crossing Paperwork Procedures’

The Cruising Association hosted a webinar for members and non-members on Monday 17 October on ‘Channel Crossing Paperwork Procedures’, which has also been published for public viewing.

Hosted by Bob Garrett, joint Channel Section Secretary for the CA, the ‘Channel Crossing Paperwork Procedures’ webinar was a follow-up to the presentation made on the Foredeck Stage during the 2022 Southampton International Boat Show.

The webinar addressed the changes to paperwork and processes for arriving to and departing from France since the UK left the EU, shared practical experiences reported by members and varying implementation of the rules, highlighted protocol reviews and changes to date, presented an overview of new regulations for 2023 and discussed questions from webinar participants.

Over 150 members and non-members from France, Greece, Jersey, Norway, Turkey, UK and the USA tuned in to the live webinar.

Bob Garrett commented, "After receiving such a positive response to the presentation at the Boat Show, where the audience feedback was excellent, we decided it should also be shared with the broader cruising community.

"In the webinar the discussion and feedback after its conclusion showed how useful it had been setting out the protocol changes to date and the actual experiences of CA members. The overview of future regulation changes for 2023 was also well received. The CA will continue to provide further updates as we try to influence and understand the details of implementation."

Looking ahead to the imminent introduction of the new European EES (Entry/Exit System for non-EU citizens) and ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorisation System – visa waiver scheme for eligible third country nationals) which will come into effect in 2023, the Cruising Association will keep its members up to date on the protocols on arrival to and departure from France and elsewhere and share an overview publicly at

"The CA represents yacht and motor cruisers around the world," continued Garrett, "and through our Regulations and Technical Services (RATS) team and other groups we take on the role of engaging with the relevant national and international government and legislative bodies to address matters of concern to cruisers."



Expert Advice

Through the CA website, members have access to a full package of Brexit-related advice covering both the range of issues and the country-specific details, such as Schengen Implications, VAT, Departure and Arrival Procedures, Pets and Health Insurance and country specific information. The CA Honorary Local Representatives (HLRs) in France continue to play a key role in sharing first-hand advice and experience. CA members can find HLRs for different locations via CAptain’s Mate app.

More information about the work of the Cruising Association Regulations and Technical Service group (RATS) is

Lecture and Event Programme

From October to April each year, the Cruising Association runs a comprehensive programme of webinars and lectures for members, with some open to non-members too. Take a look at our upcoming programme to see what's on offer.

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The advice shared in the ‘Channel Crossing Paperwork Procedures’ webinar is correct as at 17 October 2022.

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