This article was updated on April 03, 2020 – Published on March 17th
This page is dedicated to information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the impact on marinas’ policies and cruising regulations. We will be updating this article as often as needed.
IMPORTANT : Leisure sailing activities and tourism is strictly forbidden at the moment on the entire French territory. General observations from our Team regarding marina policies:
General observations from our Team regarding marina policies:
- Harbour offices are closed to the public. Minimum staff present only for emergency situations. Bathroom amenities are closed.
- More and more marinas are preventing boats from entering. Only those with a booking for a long stay and berth owners are allowed in.
- Shipchandlers and other businesses are closed.
Recreational boating is totally prohibited, as declared by the Guardia Civil. The national association for nautical activities reminds everyone that any leisure nautical activity is sanctioned by the decree. All regattas and boat shows are obviously cancelled until further notice. All companies and associations linked to the nautical industry will keep their doors closed to the public. Their staff might continue working in situ but will not interact with the public physically.
Many marina are now closed and passing boaters are sent to anchorages on quarantine. Exiting marinas is now forbidden in a lot of marinas.
Some marinas remain accesible for refueling for sailors who are sailing home for example. Contact marinas to check their opening hours and the status of their fuel pumps beforehand. Here is a list of the marinas in the Balearic Islands where you can refuel
Travelling inside and outside of the country is strictly forbidden except in very special cases : Travels for work, health reasons or to go home.
The latest government decree stipulates that all ships and boats arriving in an Italian marinas, unless they leave and re-enter the same marina, upon their arrival must ask for Free Practice. This means they must display a yellow flag and must not dock until they receive permission from the port authority. Once they are ashore, they are kept in quarantine. The marina is required to help boats berth and must provide its operators with the necessary medical devices to prevent infection. Before allowing the boat to dock, marina employees must check the body temperature of the people aboard the boat.
Liguria region : If in the last 14 days you have been in areas subject to restrictive measures by health authorities in relevant regions, in areas of China affected by the epidemic, or in areas of the world with total infection, or have been in contact with a confirmed case, you should call 112, don’t go to the emergency room or to the doctor.
It is not possible to enter the Republic of Croatia anymore without mandatory quarantine for 14 days.
Most of the marinas do not accept bookings, some of them will be temporary closed. Some marina accept only people with yearly reservations set up in advance before the coronavirus crisis. The government of Croatia should soon set up official measures for sailors and marinas.
Quarantine state for all the vessels coming from affected country such as France, Spain and Italy. Emergency state in the country. Marinas don’t accept foreign boats anymore. It is forbidden to go out sailing.
The country is currently on lockdown. It’s not as strict as some other countries. People can only go outside to travel to their work if it’s essential (food shop employees, health care etc), get medical supplies or food.
Due to government restrictions, there is strict prohibition for entrance of all yachts and boats in Montenegro. This measure will be applied until the 3rd of April 2020 for now.
Navigation in Greece is now completely forbidden until the 21st of April. Public ports/quays are open but private marinas are closed until the 19th of April.
Privately owned boats who have been in Greek waters for more than 14 days can sail freely, no matter which nationality they are. Charter boats cannot sail. Greece has a mandatory 14 day quarantine for all incoming travelers. In most cities, all retail shops, restaurants, cafes and bars are closed with the exception of pharmacies and super markets.
Everything is closed. All private businesses are closed until the 30th of April 2020 by government restrictions. This measure affects all marinas.
Boats coming from group A and B, like from Croatia, are strictly prohibited to enter Malta. For everyone else, quarantine is mandatory for 14 days onboard. Marinas are working and accept bookings but it is up to authorities to decide if they will let in someone. Furthermore, port health control is checking everyone.
Everything is closed. All businesses related with tourism are closed since the 16th of March 2020 including marinas. For more info, click here.
It is still possible to get in and out of Turkish marinas. There is no mandatory quarantine except coming from these countries and boats under these flags are not allowed to enter in Turkish territory: China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Germany, France, Spain, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Austria, Sweden, Holland, England, Saudi Arabia and United Arabian Emirates. Marinas are working as usual (standard working hours) and sailors can make their reservations.
Cyprus flagged boats cannot enter Turkish marinas (It is a government rule). The Cyprus flagged boats must first enter the Northern Cyprus Turkish Republic, and after they can enter Turkish marinas. From documents; they have to declare their registration paper and insurance policy and after they can make their entry formalities by an agency or by themselves.
- French islands & DOM TOM : For French islands, the rules are the same as in France : Sailing is forbidden, going out of the marina is forbidden, harbour offices are closed to the public (only phone and email). Passing boats are turned away. Clearance offices and gasoline pumps are usually closed or run with minimal staff. In Guadeloupe, authorities are urging boaters to leave the Islands of the Saints and move to the main island as there isn’t any hospital on the Saints. Buoys are then locked to prevent any new boat from coming. In St Marteen, the border between the French and the Dutch parts of the island has been closed.
- Dominican Republic : Same rules as in French islands. 15 days quarantine for all arriving boats. Sailing is forbidden.
- Puerto Rico : Marinas are closed. Entry is forbidden
- Curaçao : All maritime traffic is prohibited to enter the country.
- Antigua & Barbuda : Antigua is now closed to yachts except those with a previous reservation. They do not accept new reservations
Nautical frontiers are being monitored. Only the boats whose crew have a flight to go home are allowed to land. Other boats must remain at anchor and cannot dock or land. The rule will be enforced until the end of April.
Shelter Bay Marina in Colon, is not allowing any new vessels into the marina, and are asking vessels to anchor outside the marina for two weeks quarantine. They will assist with bringing food to boats at anchor, but are not allowing any dinghies into the marina.
All recreational boating is absolutely forbidden and boat lifts have been shut down.
Borders are closed. Entry is denied to all foreigners.
Boating is forbidden. All boarders have been closed. Lock down in place and going out is only allowed in exceptional cases (like in most countries). Curfew from 6pm to 6am.