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Lifting of Covid-19 Restrictions in the Med

See updated report here, as of June 6th 2021.

As travel restrictions and sanitary measures are starting to be lifted in France and throughout Europe, ECPY has made a summary of the remaining restrictions in the most important Europe and Mediterranean yachting destinations and travel restrictions from some of the countries yacht owners and charterers are coming from.

It is to be noted that, for the case of France, yachts with non-Schengen flag (including British flag) are still not allowed to anchor in France regardless of their port of departure. ECPY is actively acting toward the French authorities on the lifting of this illegitimate restriction. The rules and travel restrictions into and out of France are as follows:

Departure countries

- From Schengen area only (regardless of citizenship) plus Australia, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, United Kingdom

- Sea farers can enter regardless of departure country

- From other countries for essential reasons only

- From Brazil, Argentina, Chile, South Africa and India: 10 days quarantine

- Vaccinated people from 3rd countries may be allowed to enter, dates and details to be confirmed

Entry conditions

- Negative PCR test certificate 72hr before entry

- From Brazil, Argentina, Chile, South Africa and India: Negative PCR test certificate less than 36hr before entry, or negative PCR test certificate less than 72hr before entry and antigen test less than 24hr before boarding

- Above tests required only for passengers above 11 years old

- Online form to be completed prior to departure (https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/L-actu-du-Ministere/Certificate-of-international-travel )

Local restrictions

- Face masks required inside public areas, in every places where 2m distancing is not possible and in outside areas upon local decisions

- Curfew from 7pm until May 19th, then from 11:00pm from June 9th, no curfew after June 30th

- No events with more than 10 people

- Non-essential shops opened from May 19th

- Bars and restaurants opened for take away only, outside terraces will open from May 19th with max six guests per table and restaurants inside will open from June 1st with max six guests per table

- Night clubs and casinos closed

Cruising restrictions

- Navigation and mooring in French waters is allowed for Schengen area flagged yachts, including during curfew times, but crew and passengers cannot go ashore during curfew times. Authorization of the port authority to leave the port is required

- Navigation without stopping in French waters is allowed for non-Schengen area flagged yachts, but they are not allowed to stop and anchor. They can however go to a port where they have a booking or to a shipyard if they hold an appropriate maintenance or repair contract, subject to port authorities’ authorisation

- Maritime Health Declaration and negative PCR or antigen test needed upon arrival from another country (including Italy and Monaco)

- Negative PCR or antigen test needed to enter Corsica, including from France mainland (may be lifted from June 2nd – end of sanitary state emergency), entrance possible only in St-Florent, Bastia, Calvi, Ajaccio, Bonifacio and Porto Vecchio. Certificates and ARS document to be sent 24hr in advance.

- Anchorage restrictions to protect Posidonia sea beds for yachts above 20 or 24m on the French Riviera and South Corsica (anchorage limits are available through Donia application, www.donia.fr)

For restrictions in other countries including Croatia, Greece and Spain, you can see the full report here.


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