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Update on Restrictions in France and Monaco

Following further updates over the weekend, Evolution Yachting has updated their 'Covidpedia' to reflect the changes.

The new restrictions that have been announced, will affect both France and Monaco. 

Below is an overview of the changes that have come into effect for each of the countries.

For the full information file on restrictions in France, Monaco, Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Greece & Turkey, please click here.




Pleasure boating / leisure activities

Leisure activities and pleasure boating (trips and maintenance) are prohibited until 1st December (inclusive).

Professional maritime navigation

There is a non-exhaustive list of exceptions permitting vessels to sail for professional reasons: sea trials carried out by a professional crew, vessels engaged in a commercial activity (professional diving, towing, bunkering, professional fishing, convoying, etc).

For people living onboard their pleasure boat

Despite being considered as their home leisure navigation is still forbidden.

New Arrivals

Only the port authority can grant or deny access to a port for pleasure yachts arriving from a destination in national lockdown. In the case of being granted access, the yacht will be forbidden to leave for the duration of the lockdown.

Shipyard / careening activities

Professional activities can still carry on.  However, yachts are not permitted to carry out intra-port towing themselves. It must be done by a professional, Port Vauban teams can assist with this service.

Dock movement and platforms

During the entire duration of lockdown, all movement is prohibited unless the yacht is in possession of a Movement Certificate. These areas are part of the public domain, and recreational meetings are prohibited.


General Information

The curfew is between 20h – 06h and accompanied by fines for those not complying. There are exemptions for professional reasons, family medical issues or to briefly take out pets. Other exemptions are for restaurants, performance halls, and game rooms with the presentation of a certificate or an access ticket. Individuals must leave these establishments by 21.30h in order to be home by 22h. For restaurants a reservation is compulsory and limited to 6 people per table with 1.5m between tables and no musical ambience is permitted. Bars, gyms and spas are closed, with the exception of hotel bars which can remain open until 22h and only for hotel guests.


It is now compulsory for everyone except children under the age of five to wear a mask in public spaces as well as in common areas of private spaces.

Leisure activities

Individual sports and activities are allowed, all group sports and activities are forbidden. Access to the beach is still allowed, and it is permitted to go sailing or do paddle surf but only in Monaco waters.

Crew movements

For joining crew, they are required to present a negative test result no older than 72h before departure. Upon arrival they will be required to isolate and do another test with a local laboratory. Once the new negative test results are back, their file must be approved by the COVID cell and Maritime Police. New MHD and crew list must be provided for each crew movement.


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