In accordance with the Italian Government’s DPCM issued on the 17/05/2020, boarders with EU countries within the Schengen area, Great Britain & Northern Ireland are open.
All masters of pleasure craft below 24m LOA who enter and cruise in Italian waters are however obliged to abide by regulations issued by the Italian Ministry of Health issued on the 08/06/2020 (link to document). This regulation was subsequently amended on the 15/06/2020 in relation to pleasure craft leaving and returning to the same port of departure.
- all vessels arriving from a foreign port should send an email attaching a duly completed questionnaire/crew list together with a copy of the vessel’s registration certificate, to the maritime health authorities prior to entering port or reaching an anchorage;
- the same applies to all vessels cruising in Italian waters (whether foreign or Italian) on passage for more than 6 hours.
It is recommended that a copy of the email and attachments is also sent to the local port authority (locomare, guardia costiera or capitaneria di porto) in order to avoid unnecessary checks by officers on duty.
In the absence of any negative answers to the questions asked, the vessel is automatically considered to be free of any health restrictions and can proceed to its destination. During the time spent in Italian waters, the master of the vessel should advise the maritime health authorities and local port authorities of any changes to the declarations made and in particular should there be any change in the state of health of the people on board.
Pleasure craft leaving and returning to the same port or anchorage are exempt from compiling the questionnaire on condition that they have not embarked any persons off shore.
If your first entry into Italy is at Taormina, you will need to send your duly completed health declaration to the maritime health office in Messina at following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
We recommend that you also send a copy to the local port authority in Giardini at the following address: email@example.com including a copy of the yacht’s registration certificate.
For all other maritime health offices please consult the following link: www.salute.gov.it
For all other Capitaneria di Porto offices please consult the following link: www.guardiacostiera.gov.it
Yachts above 24m will need to present a more complex Libera Pratica Sanitaria at least 12 hours before arrival and given that the procedure is somewhat more complicated, we recommend that you appoint a maritime agent to prepare and handle the application in your behalf.
Gianpiero Puglisi of Luise Associates Sicily can be contacted on tel. +39 331 5767316 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.