Covid-19 Restrictions on Cruising: Spain
including Canary Islands
Restricted. Borders closed unless resident or Force Majeure.
14 Day Quarantine imposed on Arrivals until 01/07/20.
- for those areas in Phase 1, limited recreational sailing within the waters of the province.
- for areas now entering Phase 2, Recreational cruising is permitted for larger groups of people, but area of cruising still restricted to the same province
- Spanish Government web page
- Spanish Government web page
- UK FCO (Foreign & Commonwealth Office) web page
Other Information Sources
- Spanish Citizens Advice web page
- Facebook group - Safe Havens & Harbours
- El País (English edition)
- El País (English edition), Changes for Phase 1 of de-escalation
- Marina Reservation web page, Covid-19 measures
25/05/20 Areas of Spain where Coronavirus transmission controlled now entering Phase Two,: Recreational cruising is permitted for larger groups of people, without having to live in the same municipality, but in the same province. Cruising is restricted to the waters of the province or island. Navigational training courses and related activities may be carried out.
21/05/20: Reports from Cartagena marina that Spanish immigration will allow boat owners who wish to visit their boats on condition that their Marina provides a letter confirming that they are 'liveaboard' [Noonsite: Spain]
17/05/20: Reports from Canary island of successful inter island delivery but subject to restrictions with no passengers and only necessary crew, get confirmation via email before trip, restrictions expected to ease mid June under Phase 3 Facebook group - Safe Havens & Harbours
16/05/20: Large regional variations, e.g. Madrid region and the Catalan city of Barcelona will remain in Phase 0, many are at Phase 1, a few Spanish islands are moving ahead to Phase 2. The Spanish PM is requesting that the 'State of Alarm' be extended through end of June for some regions.
15/05/20: All new international arrivals entering Spain, including Spanish nationals and residents, will be required to self-isolate in their residence or hotel for a period of 14 days, must wear a mask, comply with hygiene measures, and may be monitored by health authorities.
12/05/20: Boats are accepted into marinas if they already have a confirmed reservation and the boaters must respect the current regulations imposed by the Spanish government. All the crew members must have with them documents attesting their profession as well as their work contract; furthermore, it is forbidden to welcome guests on board. (See marinareservations website.
11/05/20: About half of Spain moving to is moving to Phase 1 of the de-escalation process today, however significant area remain in Phase 0. For those areas in Phase 1, limited recreational sailing within the waters of the province where ports are open and with crew restricted to family members or 50% of capacity of vessel.
04/05/20: Some Ports/Marinas appear open for transiting yachts: e.g. fuel and provisions, one person can go to the supermarket. Includes (essential to check directly): A Coruña (NW Spain), Ria de Vigo – Baiona (NW Spain), Puerto Sotogrande (SW Spain), La Linea – Alcaidesa Marina (next to Gibraltar), Cartagena (Murcia), Valencia, Melilla (Spanish North Africa). [Noonsite]
30/04/20: Spanish government announced a four-stage de-escalation plan to gradually ease the current confinement and mobility measures:
Phase Zero, from Monday, 4th May: You may not navigate by boat for leisure, unless it is done solo, for sport, as an amateur physical activity. Certain sailing boats (eg dinghy) can be sailed as a sport. You must reside in the same municipality where the boat is located and navigation is subject to geographical limitations. NB. Please remember that paddling by oar or hand is not permitted inside the port area, as is sailing. You must motor, or be towed, to outside the port area.
Phase One, from Monday, 11th May: Recreational cruising may start as a cultural and leisure activity, by limited groups of people residing in the same municipality. Health measures such as heightened hygiene standards must be observed. Cruising is restricted to the waters of the province or island.
Phase Two, from Monday, 25th May: Recreational cruising is permitted for larger groups of people, without having to live in the same municipality, but in the same province. Cruising is restricted to the waters of the province or island. Navigational training courses and related activities may be carried out.
Phase Three, from Monday, 8th June: Cruising and recreational activities (including charter) may resume without limitations, other than those that generally apply, including geographical restrictions and enhanced sanitary measures.
New Normal, from Monday, 22 June
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