Cruisers will be aware that Covid-19 presents a challenge to cruising unprecedented outside wartime. The situation and the measures being taken by various governments are fast moving. Cruisers are advised to follow these closely through the usual news media.
In deciding whether and where to cruise the CA’s RATS (Regulations and Technical Services) group advises that the following should be considered:
- The availability of medical care in your destination countries; insurance will not help you if the local healthcare services are overwhelmed;
- Restrictions on cross-border travel are increasing; this may restrict access to boats abroad and, once on board, limit cruising grounds;
- Your travel and medical insurance (explain to your insurer exactly what you are intending, otherwise there is a risk that you will not be covered for Covid-19-related problems);
- How you will deal with you or your crew becoming ill;
- How you will get yourself and/or your crew home if in trouble (EHIC will not cover this);
- What will you do if the local government ask you to leave at short notice;
- The risk that, while on passage, further restrictions are introduced in your intended destination.
The latest information is available and updated here.
30 March 2020