A summary of information about restrictions for cruising yachts from RCC members and others
Hilary Keatinge is collating information from a variety of sources and the Navily and Noonsite website provides regularly updated information (see links below):
25/3/20 Salcombe Harbour (from Adam Bridger)
All leisure activity in Salcombe harbour restricted by the Harbour Authority until further notice.
Commercial activity (fishing etc), or residents in isolated locations traversing the harbour for the purpose of shopping for essentials or medical provisions, we deem essential activity. It is not appropriate that the harbour is used for the purpose of exercise or leisure at this time. Although the weather is fair and this may seem very appealing, we would advise it is not a necessary or essential action. Your actions could put you and our currently limited staff at risk should you require assistance.
Full lock down imposed on 23/3/20 For details see attachment below
23/3/20 Bermuda (from RCC HFR Grahame Rendell)
A travel ban is in effect from 20 March 2020. Per https://www.gov.bm/coronavirus
A travel ban is in place, disallowing travelers to Bermuda unless the person:
belongs to Bermuda,
• is a resident of Bermuda or a dependent who has permission to reside in Bermuda,
• is a crew member of a cargo or commercial aircraft,
• cargo ship, or
• has written permission of the Quarantine Authority of Bermuda to enter.
Anyone entering Bermuda shall comply with the requirements under the Quarantine Act 2017 and the Public Health Act 1949.
All persons entering Bermuda, residents, visitors, and crew, will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days from arrival. Visitors and crew may depart Bermuda based on their travel itinerary if shorter than 14 days if they remain asymptomatic.
23/3/20 Thailand and Malaysia (From David Batten)
Malaysia has shut down all non essential businesses, inc boatyards so we and several other yachts are stuck here in Thailand, so far the boat yards are still open. The restrictions on incoming people to Thailand are such that it is unlikely that anybody can book in now.
23/3/20 Turkey (from RCC HFR Hassan Kacmaz)
There are travel restrictions from / to Turkey for some countries citizens/sailors including UK citizens / sailors starting from 16th March 2020. There was an announcement by the Turkish ministries of Interior Affairs & Health on 15th March 2020, covering 10 European & 6 non-European countries that all travel organizations stopped between those countries and Turkey. 6 more countries are added on to the list including UK at 16thMarch 2020.
Curfew in the Bahamas from 21.00 – 05.00 for every island and cay of The Bahamas, for a period of 11 days commencing the 20th day of March, 2020.
3.3: No person shall offer for hire or seek to travel on any interisland private commercial sea transport that is non-essential.
Notice to mariners with details of reporting requirements for vessels arriving from outside the UK (see download)
20/3/20 Lanzarote, Canary Islands
Andrew Wilkes (RCC) reports Now locked-down with immediate effect. We are berthed at the end of a long pontoon with no close neighbours so we have not met anyone. We are not allowed to leave the pontoon apart from to buy food or for medical reasons. Life here is a bit like being weather-bound in a remote anchorage but it is a lot more comfortable.
Sint Maarten is closed, as are all the French islands (they were the first to shut), St Lucia, Mustique, Antigua is only open if you are already booked in, Grenada you have to do 14 days quarantine unless you are coming from Europe, UK and US (just introduced), in which case you will not be allowed to enter BVI shut today (19 March 2020) without warning.