Published: December 16, 2021
Countries that are Reopening their Seafront to Marine Tourists
It is vacation time, and people have started planning their vacation. Some are planning to travel abroad, hence trying to find out which places are open to tourists and what travel rules are in place in different countries. And we can see countries have started opening their doors for their visitors, though slowly and cautiously. Most of the countries are opening only for vaccinated travellers from other countries.
It is the same in the Middle East too, and every country has issued their own travel protocols.
Most places in the Middle East remain closed. However, Dubai is now open to international tourists and travelling to Dubai is allowed. However, visitors have to present a negative COVID-19 test certificate on arrival and will be tested on entry.
Oman has also resumed issuing tourist visas, but travellers can stay for a maximum of 10 days and will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test report on arrival.
Many countries are allowing yachts and charters even though they are cautious about landing international flights. You must follow the industry updates or discuss the same with an industry professional or expert for more guidance on charter restrictions.
Where Can We Travel, Sail and Charter Yachts?
Here is the list of the countries that have announced the reopening of their seafront:
Australia and New Zealand have declared the opening of a Trans-Tasman travel bubble. The superyachts with NZ$50,000 in service or refit bookings can now travel between the two countries.
Costa Rica has already opened its international borders and announced relaxing restrictions for charter yachts. As a result, vessels can now freely charter in Costa Rica.
Thailand is also slowly reopening its tourism industry, and the government has announced that yacht owners can now undergo their quarantine period on board. Owners can either arrive in the country by boat or fly in and travel to their yacht for the quarantine period. After the quarantine period is over and negative test results are presented, passengers and crew will be allowed to sail through the country without restrictions.
Indonesia is also opening for its visiting superyachts on a new type of e-visa. The e-visa allows visitors to stay for 60 days which can be extended to 180 days. Crew and guests will need to present a negative COVID-19 test report and other necessary documents. However, they will not be required to quarantine on arrival.
Antigua and Barbuda opened its borders to international marine tourists, and it is also encouraging the yachting community to visit and make the maximum out of the yachting events.
Fiji also opened its coasts for superyachts and other foreign-flagged vessels. However, it remains closed to air traffic. Port Denarau Marina will be the only port for entry to the country, and new arrivals will need to produce negative COVID-19 test reports before landing.
The Maldives has opened its borders for both land and sea travel. Vessels are allowed to enter from all countries travelling in the Indian ocean. In the South Pacific, French Polynesia is also allowing international vessels. But, people on board need to provide their negative COVID-19 test reports before and after arrival.
Croatia has also opened its coasts for charters. Clients and guests can enter the country without any quarantine requirements. Greece is also open for yachting and chartering. Other European yachting destinations are also opening slowly for travel, including Cyprus, Monaco, and Italy.
Those desirous of sailing towards the northwest passage may have to shelve their plans. Vessels with more than 12 passengers will not be allowed to enter the Arctic coastal waters of Canada (including Nunatsiavut, Nunavik and the Labrador Coast) indefinitely. However, sailing is permitted in inland rivers and lakes in the Northwest Territories of Nunavut and Yukon.