COVID-19 Marina Measures

COVID-19 Coronavirus Marina Measures and Updates

As the novel COVID-19 coronavirus continues to spread worldwide, authorities imposed preventive measures in order to mitigate the constantly growing number of cases. The COVID-19 marina measures listed here comes from marinas and skippers.

Unfortunately, those of you who love sailing will probably not be able to travel in the upcoming period as many states have imposed traveling restrictions to curb the further spread of the virus. Find out what type of measures have been taken and how they impact the European marinas.

Taking into consideration the pandemic caused by the Coronavirus and its effects related to both yacht owners and the marinas with which we work, we have elaborated a guide with the regulations present in various countries, for the information of our skippers, boaters, and yacht owners.

Please keep in mind that the regulations change each day and we strongly recommend not setting sail before making sure you will find an open marina on your way. On the same note, most marinas demand a quarantine of 14 days to all the new vessels coming from foreign waters.

The information and updates listed here comes from marinas. The regulations for each country regarding the Covid-19 are as follows:

Italy is a preferred sailing destination for many, but it is also the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in Europe. On the 10th of March, the government decided the country had to be placed in lockdown as the virus was spreading alarmingly. Update: General lockdown extended until April 13.

As Italy is seriously affected by the Coronavirus, all unnecessary travel is strictly forbidden, including pleasure yachting.

Italy’s marinas have seen strict limitations as traveling through or inside this country is banned, except for travelers who have reasonable reasons to do so for work or health-related reasons. All ships entering Italian ports are kept in quarantine and they are not allowed to dock if they have not received the port authority’s permission.  

All boats coming to Italian marinas waters must apply for Free Practice (unless they left and re-entered the same marina), meaning a yellow flag must be displayed and the boat should not be moored until receiving the marina’s permission.

The boaters will be put in quarantine and it’s the marina’s duty to offer them all medical supplies in order to avoid the infection, and the passengers’ body temperature will be taken before they receive the marina’s approval to dock.

If you traveled in Liguria during the last 14 days or you took contact with an infected person, you should call 112 and NOT go to the doctor or the emergency room.

Conclusion

  • Ports and marinas are not officially closed but there are many restrictions making it more difficult than usual to clear in / out.
  • Cruising along the Italian coasts is not allowed.
  • Persons arriving from abroad should remain for 2 weeks in self-quarantine.
  • General lockdown extended until April 13.

The coronavirus in European Marinas also affects French ports as this country has registered a high number of confirmed coronavirus cases. France has banned leisure sailing activities across its territory.

Most marina offices are currently closed, and it is not possible to enter French marinas unless you have had a long-stay booking or you own a berth.

Update 06.04.2020: 

Corsica marinas accept berth booking requests.

On the French Riviera coast, no boats are entering, no boats are leaving. All French Riviera marinas are closed until further notice.

For now, all sailing activities are forbidden in La Principauté de Monaco. The COVID-19 marina measures are the same as in France.

Update 02.04.2020: No boats are entering, no boats are leaving. Berth inquiries are accepted with 15 days prior to the requested arrival date. 

Monaco’s Port Hercule required yachts over 24 meters to fill out a declaration of Health.

During the exceptional period due to COVID-19 that we are currently experiencing, by this message, we would like to remind you of the regulatory provisions regarding discharges which remain fully in force.

We remind you that, in accordance with the MARPOL convention and as specified in articles 23 and 24 of Ministerial Decree n ° 2007.419 of August 13, 2007 relating to the general regulations of the ports of Monaco, no discharge will be tolerated in the port and that any offender is liable to financial and / or criminal sanctions and may be definitively prohibited from entering port.

We specify that the authorized companies capable of carrying out oil change services are available for all interventions.

In addition, we invite you to ensure compliance with the measures taken in the context of the containment of the population, whose provisions are defined by the Prince’s Government, and about which it is your responsibility to keep yourself informed for example by connecting to gouv.mc which is regularly updated according to the evolution of the situation.

Monaco Yacht Show 2020: Unless otherwise advised by the Monaco Government and following the evolution of the epidemic, we confirm to this day that the Monaco Yacht Show is maintained from Wednesday 23 to Saturday 26 September 2020 on the Port Hercule in Monaco.

Spain is also strongly affected by the health crisis caused by the novel coronavirus and, just like in France, leisure sailing is also prohibited here. Moreover, those who don’t comply with this restriction can be sanctioned.

Most marinas in Spain are currently closed and boaters who pass by may be sent to quarantine, exiting the harbors is also prohibited in most cases.

So, the COVID-19 marina measures are clear: all sailing activities are forbidden and any recreational boating is sanctioned by the law, according to The national association for nautical activities.

Update 06.04.2020:

At the request of the Spanish Federation of Marinas and Touristic Ports (FEAPDT) and ANEN (Spanish Nautical Businesses Association), on 27 March, the Guardia Civil issued a very relevant document stating the procedures and measures to be taken by marinas for arriving private and commercial yachts from Spain, EU or third countries.

The restrictions to the freedom of movement of people and private vehicles on public roads would also be applicable to private yachts sailing in Spanish territorial waters.

Therefore, the general rule upon arrival is that guests and crew are not allowed to disembark, and must remain on board for the quarantine period, and follow all confinement measures established for the rest of the population. In relation to the specific procedures, it is necessary for yachts to first get in touch with the marina for berth booking and relevant arrival information.

The marinas will ask yachts to provide, as soon as possible, the required documents and information, including the yacht’s name, certificate of registry, origin, departure date, ID of all crew and passengers, and to fulfill the health declaration forms. The marina will communicate the local restrictions to the yacht and will provide all such information to the Guardia Civil.

Can I go sailing? No, because it is a suspended activity until the period of restrictions lasts.

Can I visit my boat in port? No, in no case. Only in the event of force majeure or a situation of need, the port management will inform the skipper of the vessel of the measures to access and the recommendations and sanitary obligations.

Can I go sailing if they stay overnight on a boat moored in a port? No, in no case.

Can I refuel? The following Balearic Islands’ marinas are opened for refueling:

MarinaPhone no.
Marina De Ibiza+34 971318040
Club De Vela Puerto De Andratx+34 971671721
Marina De Formentera+34 971322346
Puerto Portals+34 971171100
Club Marítimo San Antonio De La Playa+34 971264464
Club Marítimo De Mahon+34 971365022
Club Nàutic Colònia Sant Pere+34 971589118
Club Nàutic Sa Ràpita+34 977741103
Club Nàutic S’ Arenal+34 971440142
Marina Naviera Balear+34 971283435
Club Nàutic Porto Colom+34 971824658
Club Nàutic Porto Cristo+34 971821253
Club Nautic Sant Antoni+34 971340645
Puerto Deportivo Santa Eulalia+34 971336161
Club Nautic Santa Ponça+34 971694950

Notes:

  • Barcelona and Port Tarraco are allowing yacht to arrive in the marinas.
  • Canary island ports of Las Palmas and Tenerife are open 24 hours if any need for a transit call of bunkering

As per the government’s decision, sailing to Montenegro during this period is strictly forbidden. Therefore, no vessels sailing from a different country can enter Montenegro’s marinas.

No yachts are allowed to enter the Montenegro waters until the 3rd of April, as for now.

Update 06.04.2020: No boats are coming, no boats are leaving Montenegro until the 15th of April, at the moment.

Located in the UNESCO protected Bay of Kotor, Porto Montenegro confirmed by staff that “all marina services are still on disposal to our clients”. The marina is currently implementing a “virtual marina reception” so that visitors can communicate from a safe distance.

Italian and Albanian boats are not allowed to enter the Greek ports.

Quarantine is imposed for 14 days in the marinas and they don’t accept berth inquiries and most cities have closed down bars, restaurants, cafes.

Supermarkets and pharmacies are open.

Update 06.04.2020: Public ports, public quays and the private marinas are closed until the end of April. Please download the form to fill out if you’re in Greece

Additional Circular on Coronavirus Measures can be found at https://eody.gov.gr

Whoever enters Croatia will undergo a compulsory 14-day quarantine period. Many marinas are closed during this period and only a few of them still book berths. Some of these marinas that will allow booking include Marina Veli Rat, Marina Funtana, Marina Hramina.

In different marinas in Croatia, access is allowed provided that the berth reservation was made prior to the outbreak of the epidemic.

… but the boats cannot enter the Croatian waters without a 14 days quarantine, some of the marinas do not accept bookings and some of them are closed.

Update 06.04.2020: Nobody goes out and nobody comes in until further notice.

On 12 March 2020 at 6 pm, Slovenia declared an epidemic in accordance with Article 7 of the Infectious Diseases Act due to the increasing number of cases of coronavirus infections.

The marinas and ports in Slovenia are currently closed and so are all the other private business sectors. The restrictions are bound to last until the 16th of March.

Update 02.04.2020: Everything is closed including the marinas. From 30th of March 2020, only the vulnerable groups (eg disabled people, pregnant women) can make purchases between 8am and 10am. Seniors can only buy during this time. Most public institutions are closed, has stopped public passenger bus and rail transport, gondola, and funicular transport since 16 March.

At the moment the Turkish marinas are open for business and are still welcoming yachters.

Mandatory quarantine is however imposed for boats coming from and sailing under flags from the following countries, which are not allowed to enter Turkey: China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Germany, France, Spain, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Austria, Sweden, Holland, England, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arabian Emirates.

Update 06.04.2020: All borders are closed. No boats are entering, no boats are leaving. Everything is closed at the moment.

Restrictions apply in Malta according to the country you come from. Depending on the risk of your country of origin, you might be allowed to enter the marinas in Malta or not. 

Italian and Albanian boats are forbidden to enter the Maltese waters and for the rest, quarantine is imposed for 14 days onboard. There are also rigorous health checks.

At the moment, the marinas are open for business, but in the end, it’s the authorities’ decision if they allow anyone to enter.

Here, the COVID-19 marina measures are not so strict. Malta marinas currently accept bookings but make sure you check whether you are allowed to enter the country before you book a berth there.

Update 06.04.2020:  The ports are closed till the end of April. No boats are entering, no boats are leaving. The marinas (offices) are working so you cand send us berth booking requests.

Cyprus has also banned access to tourists.

In Cyprus, all marinas are closed until the 30th of April.

It is not possible to enter any of the ports on this island at least until the 30th of April as the government restricted the activity of all private sectors, including Cyprus marinas, until then.

All vessels can come to Albanian ports or anchor for fuel, provisions and other types of supply.
At the end of the supply, the vessels have to leave the port and Albanian waters.

Other countries and territories

Canary Islands

Just like the rest of Spain, despite their administrative degree of independence, the Canary Islands are also closed for tourists starting the 18th of March. For foreigners, entering the territory of the Canary Islands is not allowed.

In Marina Las Palma, which is full, anchorage is permitted just in order to refuel and rest.

Azores

All the marinas in the Azores are currently closed and access by boat is not permitted. Anchoring is also banned. At the end of the month, on the 31st of March, the ongoing restrictions will be assessed and new decisions will be issued. The travel ban may be prolonged or not.

United Kingdom

Sailing to the UK is currently not restricted. However, since new coronavirus measures for marinas may apply to this country as well, it is important to keep up to date in case you plan on traveling to this country in the upcoming period.

Estonia: At the moment, there are no official restrictions for people who want to enter Estonia by boat. However, safety measures have been implemented in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. In case you want to travel to Estonia, you will have to fil in a questionnaire and you might be checked for symptoms that could signal a possible infection.

Belgium: Pleasure yachting is strictly forbidden.

Norway: Their borders are closed therefore the entrance of all foreign persons is forbidden.

Outside of Europe

The Caribbean Islands: Regarding the French islands and DOM-TOM pleasure, yachting is strictly forbidden, the marinas are closed to the public (they can be reached by email and telephone), gasoline pumps and clearance offices are either closed or there are only a few persons on the spot.

The Dominican Republic has the same rules as the French islands and there is a quarantine of 15 days.

In Martinique, the foreign-flagged private yachts can come as long as they are not carrying passengers.

For Antigua & Barbuda, Curaçao and Puerto Rico, sailing is also forbidden.

In St. Lucia, all marinas (air and sea) are closed to foreign vessels.

For St. Maarten, the border is closed to all but larger yachts passing through to fuel and depart.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines have a daily info letter on request. Vessels with persons arriving or recently on-board from the USA, Canada, UK and EU need to be quarantined for 14 days. Entry is only permitted at Kingston, Blue Lagoon and Wallilabou.

Antigua only accepts boaters with previous-made reservations and they do not accept any new booking.

We strongly advise you to avoid any unnecessary travel as much as possible and to stay safe during these times of uncertainty!

We look forward to assisting you with finding berths, buoys and dry docks in the most prestigious marinas from Europe and the Caribbean Islands as soon as the Covid-19 pandemic is over and our esteemed partners from the marinas will be once again welcoming pleasure crafts without fearing any restriction.

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Arrive prepared – Documents for COVID-19

If traveling outside of your country is still possible, you should check the restrictions that apply to the destination of your choice before sailing there. To make sure you will have all the necessary documents at hand, you should call the embassy or consulate of that particular country to see if access by boat is allowed in the first place (notwithstanding the information above, as restrictions may change in a matter of hours).

The authorities will let you know what documents are necessary to enter a port or marina, besides your personal ID, you might be required to complete a form prior to or upon arrival and state what countries you have recently visited.

Moreover, such documents might have to be emailed prior to getting to the place where you have made a marina reservation. To know for sure, you should call or write to the staff of the marina as they can provide you precise indications.

What to expect – COVID-19 Marina Procedures

Strict coronavirus measures for marinas are implemented these days worldwide. In many countries where access by boat is still permitted, there is a high chance of being required to remain aboard for 14-days in self-isolation. This type of quarantine is deemed necessary in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus since the symptoms show within a maximum of 14 days in a person who carries it.

Furthermore, port authorities might implement different other preventive methods, for example -checking patients who apparently present COVID-19 symptoms such as fever and require them to isolate immediately.

We are yet at the beginning of this global health crisis that seems to disrupt the daily lives of millions of people. Hopefully, this situation will not last long and we will soon all be able to sail safely. However, until then, make sure you are well-informed before departing on a cruise to any foreign country.

Helpful resources for skippers and boat owners around the world

Here’s a list of helpful resources for skippers and boat owners around the world.

Given the health and safety risks, we’re recommending marinas and guests review the travel guidance and health advisories issued by relevant governmental and health authorities.

We’re providing a list of resources for your convenience:

Hopefully, this situation will not last long and we will soon all be able to sail safely. However, until then, make sure you are well-informed before departing on a cruise to any foreign country.

With our best wishes,

The MarinaReservation.com Team