Cruising Association welcomes easier check in/out for cruising to France

French officials have announced a new ‘protocol’ for small boats to enter France from outside of the EU.

Normally boats would have to arrive at and depart from a Port of Entry (PPF), although last year there were a few ports with a special derogation which allowed entry for a limited period.

The new ‘protocol’ will apply from 1 June 2024 and grants some 53 marinas (which are not PPFs) the rights to handle boats arriving from or departing to outside of the EU/Schengen area. Below is the list of ports included in the new protocol.

Skippers of these boats will need to email a specific completed form to the relevant port in advance of arrival or departure. These forms will then be processed by local officials, and we anticipate the stamped papers may be picked up on arrival, or emailed in the case of departure (as last year for those few ports).

The Cruising Association will publish further information for our members, including a comprehensive list of the relevant ports along with the associated forms as these are announced. The CA will also provide additional advice on some of the extra considerations such as cruising onwards to other EU countries and crew changes.

Further details for the Channel area but also applicable more widely, can be viewed by members on the France - Channel - Entry Procedures and Ports of Entry.

This announcement will make cruising to and from France this summer much easier and more attractive for all. The CA and cruising community is grateful to the French authorities as well as the ports and marina officials for their work to enable this outcome.

List of Ports - This list details all the ports which are included in the new protocol (as at 31 May 2024). Some of these are also existing PPFs:

  • Anglet
  • Antibes
  • Arcachon
  • Barneville Carteret
  • Binic
  • Calais
  • Camaret
  • Cancale
  • Cannes
  • Cap Breton
  • Cap d'Ail
  • Carentan
  • Cherbourg
  • Concarneau
  • Courseulles-sur-Mer
  • Deauville
  • Dielette
  • Dieppe
  • Dinan
  • Dinard
  • Dives-sur-Mer
  • Douarnenez
  • Dunkerque
  • Fécamp
  • Grandcamps Maisy
  • Gravelines
  • Honfleur
  • Hyères
  • Isigny sur Mer
  • La Rochelle
  • La Trinité sur Mer
  • La vicomté sur Rance
  • L'AberWrac'h
  • Larmor-Baden
  • Le Conquet
  • Le Havre
  • Lézardrieux
  • Marseille
  • Morlaix
  • Paimpol
  • Perros-Guirec
  • Plouër-sur-Rance
  • Pontrieux
  • Port en Bessin
  • Port Saint Louis du Rhône
  • Port-Bail-sur-Mer
  • Quiberon
  • Saint Briac
  • Saint Jacut de la mer
  • Saint Suliac
  • Saint Vaast la Hougue
  • Saint Valery en Caux
  • Saint-Cast le Guildo
  • Saint-Malo
  • Saint-Quay Portrieux
  • Saint-Raphaël
  • Saint-Tropez
  • Sanary-sur-mer
  • Sète
  • Trébeurden
  • Tréguier


The Channel PPFs (Ports of Entry) are flagged on the above map


View the official announcement from the French authorities (PDF) here.

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31 May 2024