This page should be read in conjunction with the UK Government's guidance on arriving in the UK on a pleasure craft can be found in Notice 8 published at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/notice-8-sailing-your-pleasure-craft-to-and-from-the-uk and provides a simplified interpretation of that guidance to help boats visiting the UK under Temporary Admission understand their obligations.
This page deals with the standard entry requirements for the UK. See the ‘Arriving in the UK’ section on the coronavirus advice and information for recreational boaters page for additional requirements in place due to the coronavirus pandemic.
You should refer to https://www.gov.uk/guidance/visiting-the-uk-as-an-eu-eea-or-swiss-citizen, https://www.gov.uk/visit-uk-holiday-family-friends or https://www.gov.uk/visit-uk-business-trip to see if you need a visa to enter the UK.
The guidance in Notice 8 and therefore the guidance on this page excludes:
Conflicting information is currently published by the Government relating to eligibility for Temporary Admission. Notice 8: sailing your pleasure craft to and from the UK was published in December 2020 and the reference document for Temporary Admission: eligible goods and conditions for relief was last updated in April 2021.
Notice 8 relates to eligibility for Temporary Admission to the UK whereas the reference document for Temporary Admission describes eligibility in terms GB and the Isle of Man. The information that follows is based on the information contained in Notice 8. It should be treated with caution if you are visiting the Isle of Man or Northern Ireland.
When you arrive in the UK from abroad with your boat, the default position is that import VAT and duty are payable on the current value of the boat. This will be the case unless you are entitled to relief. One such relief is Temporary Admission.
To be eligible for Temporary Admission you must be bringing your boat to the UK for private use.
If you meet these conditions you should be allowed to bring the boat into the UK for up to 18 months.
When you arrive in the UK:
You need to keep a record of where and when the boat arrived in the UK.
You also need to keep a record of when the boat leaves the UK.
You should keep these records for 4 years after leaving the UK.
It is possible for you leave the UK whilst your boat remains here however you must write to the National Temporary Admission Section (NTAS) at the following address to confirm:
The address is:National Temporary Admission Section (NTAS) National Clearance Hub
You must complete and submit the relevant part of form C1331 when leaving the UK.
Although Notice 8 currently states that, “You need to notify a Border Force officer only if you are carrying someone who has no right of abode in the UK. In these circumstances you must tell a Border Force officer in advance.” it provides no information on how to do this. We requested that information from Border Force and were advised that there is currently no immigration requirement for an individual without the right of abode to tell Border Force in advance of their departure from the UK. Notice 8 will be amended.
You do not need to record your departure if your intended destination is in the UK, even if you need to leave territorial waters to reach that destination.
There may be changes to this information over the coming months as an update to Notice 8 is expected as is electronic advanced immigration reporting. Please check for the latest advice before departing for the UK.