Covid-19 Restrictions on Cruising
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 dynamic and generally unco-ordinated between nations. Consideration of the impact of constraints due to Covid-19 are now an essential part of cruise planning.
In deciding whether and where to cruise the CA’s RATS (Regulations and Technical Services) group advises that the following should be considered:
- Restrictions on cross-border and in-country travel may restrict access to boats abroad and, once on board, limit cruising grounds;
- The availability of medical care in your destination countries; insurance will not help you if the local healthcare services are overwhelmed;
- Your travel and medical insurance; it may be difficult 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: email@example.com
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.
As we near the end of the cruising season in Europe, and against a background of frequent changes in advice and regulations, RATS have decided to scale back our attempts to summarise changes but, where possible, provide links so that users can quickly find the information they require. Users should be wary though, that in some instances even Government websites lag the decisions announced by Ministers, and 'local interpretations' may differ from the official national statements.
CA Members are strongly advised to join relevant Sections and monitor/contribute to their Forum postings – these provide unsurpassed access to 'feet on the ground' information.
Status of UK
On Monday 4 January, the Prime Minister announced a new national lockdown to counter the steep rise in coronavirus (Covid-19) infections in England. The new restrictions become law on Wednesday 6 January.
In line with this guidance the Government have asked us to stay at home and only to go out for the reasons set out in law. More information about what is and isn't allowed is available on the Government’s website.
There is not yet any specific advice on whether this is applicable to watersports and other marine leisure activities - guidance is expected shortly, however we do not believe that general boat maintenance constitutes sport or physical activity, therefore work of this type should not be undertaken in boat yards and yacht clubs.
In the UK, as in most of Northern Europe, the winter has seen the number of Covid cases surge again. There are very significant variations between different regions and the four UK nations have applied different approaches to the timing and extent of measures taken to curb the spread of the Virus. It is thus vital that you investigate the current situation for any part of the UK that you intend to visit.
- England (local restrictions)
- Northern Ireland (local restrictions)
- Scotland (local restrictions)
- Wales coronavirus (local restrictions)
Entering the UK
See: Entering the UK. Note that the UK is changing Entry Conditions on a fairly regular basis, so it is essential to inform yourself as to the latest and imminent regulations.
There may be slight differences in the list of countries between the devolved administrations and the UK/England. Please see:
Status of European and Mediterranean Cruising Grounds
These pages offer links to websites found to provide authoritative information about travel to, and restrictions in, the various countries around Europe and the Mediterranean. 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 – CA members should maintain contact directly through the ‘Bluewater Section’. Noonsite is also highly recommended.
If you discover links which no longer work, are no longer relevant or find particularly useful links yourself, please help by emailing details to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Status by Country
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.