Advice and information for recreational boaters arriving and departing the UK


Guidance for boaters (updated 1 December 2021) 

Arriving in the UK

There are different rules for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. 

Arriving in England

There are different rules if you have been in a red list country in the 10 days before you arrive in England. The rules for travel from countries and territories not on the red list depend on your vaccination status. See the guidance on travel to England from another country during coronavirus (Covid-19).

Further guidance for recreational boaters arriving in England is contained in Sailing pleasure craft to English ports/marinas/harbours (the requirements outlined in this document are in addition to the arrival requirements outlined in Notice 8).  Please note that while Sailing pleasure craft to English ports/marinas/harbours is not published government guidance specific to the sector, it is a collation of commonly asked questions aimed at helping clarify the requirements insofar as they apply to pleasure craft. You should always refer to in the first instance for the full guidance on border health rules.

Arriving in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

People who live in ScotlandWales and Northern Ireland should follow the travel and transport guidance provided by their administrations:

International travel

The UK government publishes advice about travelling aboard, including the latest information on coronavirus, safety and security, entry requirements and travel warnings. The country specific advice covers 226 countries and territories. Where available, the advice provides links to current Covid-19 entry restrictions and requirements that you may be expected to follow irrespective of the means of transport unless otherwise stated. The restrictions and requirements may change with little warning and you should monitor the advice provided for the latest updates.

The European Union has set up a website and a mobile app where you can see if travel is possible to each member state, the requirements of each destination, and other information to answer travellers’ questions. Go to Re-open EU for travel information and guidelines for each destination.

Noonsite provides a considerable amount of information that may help recreational boaters abroad and its Covid-19 document has guidance as well as links to the latest developments.

To get in touch

Should RYA members have any enquiries related to the guidance on this page please contact the RYA Cruising Team at (please include your membership number in your email) or +44 (0) 23 8060 4233 (please have your membership number to hand).

For other enquiries, call the RYA on +44 (0) 23 8060 4100.