EU Visa regulation scrutiny
Changes to visa regulations for non-EU boaters are being sought in an attempt to boost the economy. Sailors from outside the EU are currently limited to cruising in EU waters for just 90 days out of every 180.
CA member Kingsley Ross believes that this is forcing boaters to spend more money in countries outside the Shengen area, the 26 mainland EU countries that allow freedom of movement with no passports.
A proposal to introduce a touring Visa that allows visitors to remain in the EU for longer periods of time solely for tourism purposes was proposed by the EU, however legislation was never passed.
Kingsley Ross has started a survey to find evidence of the number of people affected and the potential financial loss to EU countries. If you are affected by this, fill in the survey by clicking HERE.