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.

Please help by emailing any updates of which you become aware to: covid-19@theca.org.uk

 

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

As of 13th May 2020, UK government issued restrictions appear to be relaxing, currently only in England. Note that due to devolved administrations there are significant variations in the rules between England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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 likely to be 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;
  • Maintenance and day sailing is currently allowed, but not overnight stays

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.


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

Please help by emailing any updates of which you become aware to:
covid-19@theca.org.uk

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.

Please help by emailing any updates of which you become aware to: covid-19@theca.org.uk

Status by Country

Albania

Closed

Regional controls/bans/fines on movement of pedestrians, vehicles. Restrictions until at least 23/06/20.

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Algeria

Closed

Curfew

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Belgium

Highly restricted

No entry for non-essential travel.

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Croatia

Restricted

Entering Croatia with a booked yacht charter, no navigating restrictions within Croatia's territories.

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Cyprus

Highly restricted

Phased re-opening.

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Denmark, Faroe Islands

Restricted

Borders closed unless have 'worthy purpose'. 14 day quarantine. Until at least 31/05/20

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Egypt

Highly restricted

Expect quarantine in 'remote government hospital'. Effectively closed to recreational craft.

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Estonia

Highly Restricted

'Temporary’ border controls, 14 day quarantine

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Finland

Highly restricted

Borders remain closed to non-resident foreign nationals

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France

Restricted

Range limited travel now permitted within France (‘Green’ areas only). Certificate for Travel needed to travel to France. Until at least 15/06/20.

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Germany

Restricted

Residents allowed to launch boats and go sailing.

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Gibraltar

Highly restricted

Total lockdown internally.

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Greece

Restricted

Private yachts may enter country (with restrictions, exceptions and mandatory testing. Domestic yachting open. Tourism restarting from 01/07/20.

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Guernsey

Restricted

Expect 14 days quarantine

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Iceland

Highly Restricted

Mandatory 14 days quarantine

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Ireland

Restricted

Day sailing only.

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Isle of Man

Restricted

Local day sailing only. Border closed to all non-residents.

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Israel

Closed

Unless citizens or residents.

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Italy

Highly restricted

Entry is 'theoretically possible', and to yachts in transit. 14 days of self-isolation.

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Jersey

Restricted

Residents can day sail. Expect 14 days quarantine

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Latvia

Highly Restricted

State of Emergency. 14 days quarantine. Heavy fines. Until at least 09/06/20.

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Lebanon

Closed

Curfew, roadblocks, Fines/3yrs prison, etc.

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Libya

Closed

Ongoing civil war

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Lithuania

Highly Restricted

Borders closed (with exceptions) until at least 01/06/20.

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Malta

Highly restricted

Marinas closed. Expect 14 days quarantine.

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Monaco

Restricted

Some easing of the lockdown, including private vessels allowed to leave port.

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Montenegro

Restricted

All ports for cruisers and yachts now open, self-isolate at berth for 14 days. Internal maritime traffic is completely open

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Morocco

Closed

State of Health Emergency

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Netherlands

Restricted

Borders closed (except EU nationals) until at least 15/06/20

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Norway

Closed

Legal residents can enter. Quarantine.

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Poland

Restricted

Borders closed to most non-residents. Until at least 12/06/20.

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Portugal, Azores, Madeira

Restricted

‘State of Public Calamity’. Boats already in Portugal, whatever the flag, are permitted to move freely between ports/marinas.

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Russia

Highly restricted

Borders closed until at least 31/05/20, unless resident - 14 day quarantine.

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Slovenia

Highly Restricted

Expect 7 days quarantine. Air traffic re-opened; border health checks and 14 day quarantine.

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Spain, Canary Islands

Restricted

Borders closed unless resident or Force Majeure. 14 Day Quarantine imposed on Arrivals until 01/07/20.

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Sweden

Restricted

Borders open, but only to residents and selected countries. Until at least 15/06/20.

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Syria

Unknown. Assume closed.

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Tunisia

Closed

All maritime borders are closed. Curfew in place, plus ‘obligatory confinement’ during the day.

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Turkey

Restricted

Entry to Turkey by non-nationals forbidden. Ports closed except for resupply by arrangement. Relaxation of restrictions expected from 27/05/20

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UK - England

Restricted

Maintenance and sailing permitted, but not overnight staying on boat.

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UK - Northern Ireland

Restricted

Day sailing now permitted.

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UK - Scotland

Highly restricted

Most harbours and marinas closed. Ban on travel to all Scottish islands.

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UK - Wales

Highly restricted

Most harbours and marinas closed.

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Rest of the World

 

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