COVID-19 Mediterranean - Crew travel & Yacht Movements Restrictions

The 'second-wave' of the COVID-19 pandemic has caused multiple countries within the Mediterranean to reinforce travel restrictions to curb the spread of the virus. In addition to the travel and movement restrictions that are in place, there are multiple restrictions for pleasure yachting.

BWA Yachting, a worldwide yacht agency and PYA Agent, has provided the below information on the latest restrictions.

Please note: This information is correct on 11th November 2020 and might have been updated by local authorities since publication.


Yachts and crew that have been in the EU for the last 14 days have no restrictions on their arrival. If they have been outside of the EU or in the case of a yacht had someone that has been outside onboard in last 14 days then they must quarantine on arrival for 5 days and produce 2 negative PCR tests locally. However, if yacht is already in port they can transit directly onboard without quarantining.


Mainland Spain and Balearics

Yachts and crew are not affected by the new State of Alarm. Seafarers will continue to be exempt from any travel restrictions that may be imposed, as long as they have the correct paperwork and a justified reason for travelling. A curfew is in place, and during these hours all movement is limited except to go to work, seek medical treatment, or care for dependents. The Balearic Island authorities have announced that, at the moment, they do not intend on restricting travel between the islands, or the islands and the mainland. The yachts with confirmed bookings can circulate with no issues.


Even if Andalusia's borders (villages/towns/cities) are closed and entering/exiting the autonomous region is only permitted for demonstrable, justifiable reasons to travel (professional or work-related travel / medical treatment and assistance / to care for dependents), professional SEAFARERS are exempt from restrictions and can still travel with the correct documentation. 

Monaco & France

Access to Monegasque waters is authorized upon prior validation from police & sanitary authorities. Individuals can move freely in the Principality from 06:00 to 20:00 at the condition to permanently wear a mask and keep social distances with people.

Ports remain open but navigation in French waters is also restricted to professional activities: professional activities related to ports are not affected by these limitations. Pleasure boating and leisure activities are prohibited.

- Professional maritime navigation is allowed (yachts having professional crew on board included): ex. sea trials, vessels engaged in a commercial activity (professional diving, towing, bunkering, professional fishing, convoying, etc.).

- You live aboard your pleasure boat (no leisure navigation authorized anyway)

- Special case / access to the port of a new yacht: If you are a pleasure boat coming from a port not concerned by the national lockdown and are seeking to enter the port. Only the port authority is in a position to grant or deny you access to the port.

- Shipyard / careening activities: professional activities are maintained. Nevertheless, yacht owners are not allowed to carry out intra-port towing themselves. It will be advisable to entrust this task to the professional in charge of the intervention on the vessel. 

Travel restrictions:
People are authorized to circulate only with a justification limited to groceries provision, health, work, imperious family assistance, etc. Every individual coming from a third country (provenance excluded from this procedure: EU countries, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norwegian, St Marin, Switzerland, UK, Vatican, Australia, Canada, South Korea, Georgia, Japan, New-Zealand, Rwanda, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay) to mainland of France, regardless of the nationality of the traveler, must show at both stages of the journey (at departure at the airline desk prior boarding and upon arrival in France to the customs officers) the following documents: negative COVID test done maximum 72h prior departure / certificate of travel to mainland of France from a third country / sworn statement of non-symptoms related to COVID / proof of the travel's justification (work contract + agent supporting attestation).


Travelling rules vary, depending on the country of origin or destination and the reasons for travelling and six groups of countries have been identified, and for which different limitations are envisaged. Due to the critical situation, the Italian Health department strongly recommend to all crew members to have Covid swab tests done before arriving in Italy. INTERNAL & PYA usage only. External sharing is prohibited.

List A - San Marino and Vatican City NO LIMITATIONS

List B - EU countries (except those included in lists C and D), Andorra, Principality of Monaco. It is possible to travel to/from the countries listed above without the need for motivation. The obligation to fill in a self-declaration remains.

List C - Belgium, France (including Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyana, Réunion, Mayotte and excluding other territories located outside the European continent), the Netherlands (excluding territories located outside the European continent), the Czech Republic, Spain (including territories on the African continent), the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (including the Channel Islands, Gibraltar, the Isle of Man and British bases on the island of Cyprus and excluding territories outside the European continent) There are no restrictions on travel to these countries. Those who instead enter/return to Italy from these countries (after stay or even only transit in the 14 days prior to entering Italy), in addition to filling in a self-declaration, must also: a)present a statement that they have undergone a molecular or antigenic test carried out by means of a swab and a negative result within 72 hours before entering the national territory; alternatively b)undergo a molecular or antigenic test; to be swabbed upon arrival at the airport, port, or border location (where possible) or within 48 hours of entering the national territory at the reference local health unit. Persons who have stayed or transited in these four countries shall also communicate their entry into the Italian territory to the Prevention Department of the competent Health Authority. All persons travelling to Italy from any foreign location are required to provide the carrier, or law enforcement officers if they are stopped for checks, a self-declaration.

List D - Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Romania, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay Movements from/to these countries are allowed without a specific motivation. However, upon return to Italy, it is necessary to undergo fiduciary isolation and health surveillance, to fill in a self-declaration and reach the final destination in Italy only by private vehicle.

List E - Rest of the world The return/entry into Italy from this group of countries is always allowed to Italian/EU/Schengen citizens and their family members, as well as to holders of long-term resident status and their family members and people who have a proven and stable relationship (even if not cohabiting) with Italian/EU/Schengen citizens or with natural persons who are legally resident in Italy (long-term residents), who must reach their partner's residence/domicile/residence (in Italy). Upon entry/return to Italy from these countries, it is necessary to fill in a self-declaration, stating the reason for entry/return. You can reach your final destination in Italy only by private vehicle. It is also necessary to undergo fiduciary isolation and health surveillance for 14 days. 

List F - Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic, Kosovo, Montenegro, Colombia For those who come from List F countries or who have stayed there in the previous 14 days there is still a ban on entry into Italy, with a few exceptions (transport crews and travelling personnel is one of them). Upon return to Italy from these countries, it is necessary to undergo fiduciary isolation and health surveillance and fill in a self-declaration stating the reason for returning. The final destination in Italy can only be reached by private vehicle.

Movements from Italy to these countries are allowed only in the presence of precise reasons: work/health or study reasons / absolute urgency/return to your home, dwelling or place of residence.

Moreover, the Health Dept will have to receive a module with the personal data of the crew member travelling.


As of today, yacht movements are allowed and ports open. The situation might change at any time. Some shipyards ask for the Covid-19 testing, even if the ports are not. The FREE PRATIQUE REQUEST CLEARANCE is still in force and mandatory anytime the travel takes more than 6 hours of navigation. It is compulsory to submit the following documents duly filled in, signed and dated to the Usmaf health Authorities of the Port of call within 12 and 5 hours prior the arrival, neither earlier nor later this range of time, otherwise the vessel will be put under quarantine and she won’t be authorized to move to the next port of call prior an intervention by the Usmaf Authority.

Documents required:

1) Free pratique request and health declaration forms filled in
2) Valid ship sanitation exemption certificate’s copy
3) List of the ports of call touched during the previous 14 days signed and stamped (it’s not the ISPS form, just a list on headed letter of the ship)
4) Crew and guest list forms with temperatures indicated
5) Swab tests results whenever required (depending on the last port of call)

It is forbidden to arrive in Italy directly from the countries belonging to list F, unless the ship is coming without passengers and she has been in one of the Countries above for bunkering purposes only. In that case the Captain will have to sign and stamp a detailed DECLARATION OF NO CONTACT in which he attests no embark or debark operation has been carried out and there hasn’t been any contact of any kind with the locals. Such Declaration will have to be incorporated into the Free Pratique Request.


The current safe corridor countries to/from which travel is allowed includes: Malta, Germany, Austria, Italy, France, Spain, Poland, Cyprus, Switzerland, Iceland, Slovakia, Norway, Denmark, Hungary, Finland, Ireland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Luxembourg, Czech Republic, Greece, Croatia, United Kingdom, Belgium, Bulgaria, Netherlands, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, China, Vatican City, Rwanda, Uruguay, Slovenia, Japan, Morocco, Thailand, Tunisia, Portugal, Romania, Lebanon, Indonesia, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Jordan and Liechtenstein, Sweden.

With the following remarks: travelling to Malta from one of the below countries/cities will be required to present a negative Covid-19 PCR test, taken within 72 hours prior to their arrival Austria / Belgium / Bulgaria / Czech Republic / France / Germany / Hungary / Ireland / Italy (Milan and Rome all airports, and Bologna, Naples, Perugia, Pescara, Pisa, Trieste, Turin, Venice) / Luxembourg / Netherlands / Poland / Portugal / Spain / Switzerland / Tunisia / United Kingdom (Belfast, Birmingham Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham).

Passengers/crew arriving are allowed only for persons who have been living for at least 14 days in any of the above-listed countries. Travel from a country not included in the list is not permitted unless you have spent the previous 14 days in any of the countries listed above.


All crew coming to any Tunisian marina should have a test in hand dated max 72 hrs before sailing and do not exceed 120 hrs upon arriving to Tunisia. If a yacht will arrive and crews have no valid tests or don’t have at all, they should do a local test and stay at quarantine 24 hrs until results are ready. Afterwards the yacht could do all formalities with authorities.


Crew members who act as a professional crew (possess seaman's book or contract of employment) do not need to present a negative PCR test upon arrival to Croatia as they are exempt of the measures, therefore vessel and professional crew on board will be granted an entrance to Croatia without any special requirements, regardless where are they coming from and regardless their nationality. TRAVEL ANNOUNCEMENT - required for everyone who are planning to visit Croatia (including crew) - this is an online form that needs to be filled out before arrival (this is usually done by yacht's agent) 


An SMS will be required (to be sent from a Greek sim to 13033), explaining the reason for moving outside the home/yacht. A written form can be filled out instead of sending the SMS. Your mobile phone (containing the movement confirmation) or your written declaration must be with you at all times, when outside, along with your id/passport.

Incoming persons travelling via air can arrive into Greece with a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours, written in English with their full passport details on. A PLF document must be filled out online the latest 24 hours before their flight by anyone arriving or departing (otherwise it is not possible to fly). Domestic flights are only permitted for health reasons, business or repatriation.

Greek citizens, permanent citizens have to fill out the PLF form, when departing Greece as well, effective by 11th November.

For the moment no yacht can clear into Greece, it is only possible to clear yachts that are already in the country for abroad. No movement between ports is allowed until 30/11 midnight for the yachts that are in Greece. They can only move to shipyards if there is a necessity.


Foreign nationals/ yachts can come to Turkey without any quarantine/self-isolation requirements. Travelers do not need any specific health documentation or COVID-19 test to enter/exit Turkey. Upon arrival officials will take travelers temperatures at maritime ports and travelers with high temperatures might be subject to PCR tests. 


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