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COVID-19: EU Border Update

With so much conflicting information, rumours, updates and posts, it’s not easy trying to keep up with the ever-changing situation of COVID-19. However there was an update from the French Government yesterday, May 18, stating that a conference will be held on Monday May 25 between the EU Ministers to discuss the possibility of the reopening of the European and UK borders by June 8.

Considering this, cruising along the French coast and around the Med area could be allowed to start again from this date.

On June 15, Schengen borders could also reopen. If so, reaching Europe from an external Schengen country will be allowed with no restrictions of any kind. We will keep you updated when we have the official confirmation.


At present, chartering will still not to be permitted until July however we will also keep you updated on this.

Crew Embarking & Disembarking

Please note at present that whilst the EU, UK and Schengen borders are closed, seafarers can still join a yacht for ‘work reasons’ with the appropriate documentation. Crew embarking must be previously approved by the Health Port Authority through a self-declaration of good health. Disembarking must be also approved by the Health Port Authority accordingly with the procedures currently in force.


No quarantine is required to enter France from the EU, Schengen or the UK although there was a new update that a 14-day quarantine is required between France and Spain at this time.

Please contact Riviera Yacht Support for assistance with all of your Covid-19 related queries.  

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