Boating Abroad

Thinking of cruising abroad? It is important that you are aware of your obligations before entering another country's territorial waters.

New UK–EU Relationship in 2021:

Changes in effect as of 2300 hours UTC on 31 December 2020.

You will have an obligation to report to UK Border Force when moving into and out of the UK by recreational boat.

You should expect greater scrutiny and requirements to report on arrival and departure, when moving between the UK and the EU and/or the Schengen area by recreational boat. 

If you are boating abroad and you find something is different or come across something new, please let us know by emailing cruising@rya.org.uk

Territorial waters

If you are cruising the waters of another country, under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, that country is quite within its rights to ask you to comply with its applicable legislation, rules and regulations. This may include, for example, requiring the skipper to prove his or her competence for that role; carriage of local publications or regulations is also often stipulated.

It is important that you are aware of your obligations prior entering another country's territorial waters.

Covid-19 entry restrictions and requirements

The UK government publishes advice about travelling abroad, 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.

Law of the Sea and Coastal State

An introduction to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) which provides a framework for the use of the oceans.

 
Paperwork

Information on the paperwork you will need to carry with you if you are cruising abroad.

 
Entry and exit formalities

Information on entry and exit formalities including travelling with pets.

 

Information on commonly visited countries.

Advice on bringing your boat to the UK under Temporary Admission

Red diesel abroad

Information about red diesel.

 
Holding tanks

Information about the legislation relating to the discharge of black water from holding tanks at sea.

 
Inland waterways

More about European inland waterways.

 
Boating Abroad
ICC

Find out about the International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft (ICC).  What it is, if you need one and how to apply.

Exploring off the beaten track is very appealing but with it comes inherent risks which ought to be given due consideration before you set sail.