Covid-19 Restrictions on Cruising
Covid-19 restrictions continue to restrict cruising in many areas; however these are generally starting to lift
CA RATS Advice
Cruisers will be aware that Covid-19 presents an unprecedented challenge to cruising. The situation and the measures being taken by various governments are fast moving. Cruisers are advised to follow these closely.
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 and in-country travel may restrict access to boats abroad and, once on board, limit cruising grounds;
- Your travel and medical insurance; it’s almost certainly too late to obtain travel or medical insurance that will provide cover against Covid-19;
- 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.
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Official Sources of Information
Disclaimer: Any advice has been prepared voluntarily by the Cruising Association, its members and others and they and it have tried to ensure that the contents are accurate. However, the Cruising Association, its employees, contributors and relevant members shall not be liable for any loss, damage or inconvenience of any kind howsoever arising in connection with the use of such advice, save to the extent required by applicable law.
The following advice will be updated so that, when restrictions are lifted, cruisers will have access to relevant information by country.
Status of UK
RULES FOR ENTERING THE ENGLAND HAVE CHANGED AGAIN:
Exemptions came into effect on 4 July to allow passengers returning from certain countries which no longer present an unacceptably high risk to British people travelling abroad. Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) travel advice is based on risks to British nationals, including in-country public health assessments. All advice will remain under constant review to take into account the latest situation in each country.
Please note that "Air Corridors" are being established with many countries, particularly EU members, to allow travel between them and the England without quarantine when entering either country, details of which can be found on he UK Government web pages Coronavirus (COVID-19): countries and territories exempt from advice against ‘all but essential’ international travel and Coronavirus (COVID-19): travel corridors.
ALL other persons entering or re-entering England from other countries must follow notification and self-isolation for 14 days. See Entering the UK on the UK Government website.
The Government are looking at a system of testing on arrival will be set up A negative test on arrival can negate the need for 14 day quarantine. [Daily Telegraph]
Note that at present these Travel Corridors/arrangements are NOT available to residents of Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
Sailing within UK Territorial Waters is almost back to normal. England, Scotland and Northern Ireland allow sailing with overnight stays on boats. Wales is anticipated to follow on the 11th July. However, at present the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands are either still locked down or have 14 day quarantine and some Scottish islands are still restricted. Cross border sailing into Irish waters is still banned.
You have a duty to act responsibly; if something goes wrong and your activity requires the use of the emergency or health services this will pose an avoidable additional burden for those services.
Cruising is restricted by the following:
- Rules on social distancing and maintaining the 'household bubble', see: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus;
- Harbour authorities and marina operators will make local arrangements and operating rules, depending on their facilities and available staff – check and pre-book if possible.
Some harbours are accepting vessels returning from an international voyage but subject to conditions. It is vital that you contact your chosen destination in advance of your arrival.
The EU has agreed, by a qualified majority of member countries, to allow unrestricted travel, including for tourism, with no quarantine requirements from the following countries:
- The 27 members of the European Union
- The United Kingdom
- Schengen Area members Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland
- Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican City
In a statement, the Council points out that the list, drawn up on the basis of a series of criteria will be reviewed every two weeks and may be updated, with travel restrictions possibly being lifted in whole or in part or reintroduced to a specific third country included in the list if there are changes in its epidemiological situation. "If the situation in a country worsens rapidly, rapid decision-making will be applied", says the EU Council. EU web page, Re-open EU.
Several of the Baltic EU countries are using a criteria based on the no. of cases per 100,000bof the population in the last 14 days and so exclude UK without 14 days quarantine.
A list of the other countries presently allowed into the EU list is provided on the Council of the European Union web page.
This list does not specifically cover leisure boating and some countries have their own interpretation. Do not travel without checking.
Status of European and Mediterranean Cruising Grounds
Please note this map is indicative only, please review all available sources of information before making any cruising destination decisions.
Key: Red=Closed/Highly Restricted; Orange=Restrictions; Green=Open; Grey=Non-coastal countries, not reported here
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See below for information by country for European and Mediterranean countries, or Noonsite for the rest of the world.
These pages offer a ‘Dashboard Summary’ of the situation; for more in depth information please follow the links to the relevant national government website, and/or seek advice and information through the relevant Section.
Based on the cruising grounds of the majority of CA members, this information is focused on Europe and the Mediterranean; however, the CA is of course active and available for those of you further afield – please maintain contact directly through the ‘Bluewater Section’.
Every attempt is made to keep this information accurate and up to date however the situation is evolving rapidly, hence please take note of the issue date of information given, and if in doubt check.
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Status by Country
Whilst the country is almost totally open, including air and land borders.More
Local sailing open. Borders open to/from European Union, including the United Kingdom and the four other Schengen countries (Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Norway).More
Tourists from both EU and non-EU countries may enter Croatia. A variety of other countries tourists may also enter.More
Denmark, Faroe Islands
Borders closed unless have 'worthy purpose'. List of 'worthy purposes' has been expanded.More
Expect quarantine in 'remote government hospital'. Effectively closed to recreational craft.More
Borders open to EU but 14 day self-isolation for those from countries with an infection rate of >15/100,000 i.e. including Belgium, Spain, Ireland, Malta, Portugal, Sweden, Bulgaria, Romania, Luxembourg and the UK (19.2/100,000 as of 03/07/20). Relaxation of many in country restrictions during June planned.More
Borders remain closed to non-resident foreign nationals. Finns apparently sailing within territorial waters.More
As of June 15, travellers from most EU and EEA countries, as well as Monaco will be free to travel into France without quarantine or other restrictions.More
Residents allowed to launch boats and go sailing. Open to EU, Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland or UK citizens.More
But accepting vessels subject to pre-registration via ASYCUDA systemMore
Phase 3 - From 1st July international arrivals by air or sea will only be subject to random testing. Possibly some countries restricted – to be announced. No entry from Turkey, Albania, Italy and some others.More
Expect 14 days quarantine.More
No information on boats.More
Travellers entering Ireland must complete a Locator Form - see first link below and self isolate for 14 days.More
Isle of Man
Local day sailing only. Border closed to all non-residents.More
Unless citizens or residents until at least 30th June. Little information available.More
Open to international travellers from countries listed on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website (includes the UK), unless you travelled outside the country in the 14 days prior to your arrival in Italy. Arrivals from non-listed countries should expect to fill in a Declaration Form and undergo 14 days self-isolation.More
Travel restrictions eased and visitors from outside the Islands may visit but must pre-book a berth with Jersey Marinas and arrive at St. Helier Marina only. Negative CV(PCR) test within 72 hours prior to arrival or on arrival required.More
EU, EEA, UK and Swiss residents are permitted access, except where the 14-day cumulative COVID-19 cases per 100 000 inhabitants exceeds 16. Lists are published every Friday. If there is high incidence where you have come from there is a requirement for 14 days self-isolation. Presently UK has higher levels. Social distancing (2m), hand hygiene and epidemiological safety measures still to be followed. Masks required on public transport.More
Curfew, roadblocks, Fines/3yrs prison, etc. Limited InformationMore
Ongoing civil war. Limited Information.More
Citizens of the countries of the EU, Switzerland the UK,are allowed entry to Lithuania provided that the incidence of COVID-19 (coronavirus infection) in their country has not exceeded 25 cases/100 000 population in the last 14 calendar days. The list of such countries is approved and made public every Monday by the State Commander of National Emergency Operations. No 14-day self-isolation is required for the returnees from these countries.More
Yachts welcome in Malta from restricted list of countries, not including the UK.More
Moving into Phase 4 of easing restrictions. Shops open, restaurantsand sporting facilities open and private vessels allowed to leave port.More
EU includes Montenegro on List of countries where travel restrictions are lifted UK FCO maintains advice against non-essential travel to Montenegro.More
State of Health Emergency. Limited information available.More
Tourists from EU or Schengen countries can enter the Netherlands. However, tourists from Sweden and the United Kingdom must go into quarantine for 14 days.More
Legal residents can enter.More
You are not required to self-isolate on arrival in Poland, if you arrive in Poland from the UK or a European Union/EFTA country (by air, sea or land).More
Portugal, Azores, Madeira
‘State of Public Calamity’. 3rd phase of "de-escalation" commenced 01/06/20. Boats already in Portugal, whatever the flag, are permitted to move freely between ports/marinas.More
Limited information available. Borders reopening to foreign nationals slowly. 14 day quarantine.More
Air traffic re-opened; border reopened with health checks and 14 day quarantine for some.More
Spain, Canary Islands
Borders now open for all EU countries including UK. UK FCO has lifted advice against non-essential travel to Spain.More
Borders open, but only to residents and selected countries.More
Unknown. Assume closed. Limited information available.More
All maritime borders are closed. Borders opening but UK residents still not permitted due to high infection rate.More
Borders are open to all international tourists. Ports of entry are open. Relaxation of restrictions expected From 1st June 2020 all restrictions have been lifted in Turkey, so foreign yacht owners are free to board their yacht without quarantine, obtain a transit log (if expired) and call at other ports and marinas. Greece does not yet allow yachts from Turkey (foreign/European yachts included) to clear in.More
UK - England
Sailing, including overnight stays on boats, is now permitted. Most marinas and harbours are re-opening to visitors, but would be advisable to check in advance and capacity may be limited, (e.g. not allowing rafting up).More
UK - Northern Ireland
Sailing and overnight stays on board now permitted now permitted. Major marinas re-opening to visitors.More
UK - Scotland
Sailing including overnight stays now permitted. Local travel restriction removed and overnight stays on board permitted and local land travel distances removed from 3rd July. Most marinas and harbours re-opening, but many with severely restricted capacity and most requiring pre-booking.More
UK - Wales
5 mile limit on non-essential travel has been lifted from 6th July. Most harbours and marinas have visiting conditions. Contact individual ones for latest advice. Local sailing starting, no overnight staying on boats until 11th July.More
Rest of the World
The Cruising Association (CA) is Britain’s leading organisation for cruising sailors with members in over 40 countries worldwide. The advice on this page is provided as an example of the wealth of information available to CA members via our member-only web pages and forums. In addition to valuable content from the CA’s Regulations and Technical Services group (RATS), members can also tap into a vast array of information and advice wherever they are in the world, through the website and through our own cruising app, CAptain's Mate.