Regulatory Reference Guide


Welcome to the online Regulatory Reference Guide (RRG). It offers you the opportunity to search, sort and consult the rules impacting the recreational marine. The ICOMIA Secretariat invites all MIAs to check and update their sections frequently. We are sure that you will appreciate this very informative tool.

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Northern Cyprus
COVID-19 Restrictions
July 24, 2020

For yachts arriving to the TRNC, it is no longer required to obtain a pre-permit according to the current regulations. However, these yachts must still adhere to other conditions which are in place for general entrance to the TRNC which will depend on the latest categorisation of the country from which they are travelling.

Private yachts arriving to the TRNC must enter only through Kyrenia Port, where they will be required to provide boat registration and valid passports of all crew. They must also present negative PCR test results according to the risk designation for their country. Second PCR tests will then be carried out in the TRNC. Those arriving from Category B countries will need to wait at Kyrenia Port until the negative tests are confirmed. Those arriving from Category C countries are required to provide the above documents and then stay at quarantine hotels for 14 days.

The regulations affecting people entering and exiting the TRNC by public transportation by air and sea are constantly being updated in line with decisions by the Ministry of Health. Flights to the island from the UK were reinstated to begin on July 16. 

Northern Cyprus
COVID-19 Restrictions
June 26, 2020

From July 1, individuals will be permitted to enter the TRNC by sea and air.

Conditions of travel are determined according to the list of countries, designated as A (safest), B or C (highest risk) depending on health ministry and World Health Organisation (WHO) information. 

  • Category A (safest): Malta, Bulgaria, Norway, Germany, Austria, Finland, Slovenia, Israel, Greece, Denmark, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Iceland, Taiwan.

All individuals arriving from these countries will have to present a negative PCR test carried out 72 hours before arrival.

  • Category B: Turkey, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Poland, Croatia, Romania, Estonia.

Individuals arriving from any of these countries will have to have two PCR test done, one before arriving and one after arriving in the TRNC.

  • Category C (highest risk): United States, Russia, Brazil, United Kingdom, Iran, ltaly, Spain, France

Individuals travelling from these countries will have to present a negative PCR test and will be placed in quarantine for 14-days, the cost of which will be covered by the individuals themselves.

For other countries not specified in the three categories, the Ministry of Health decides which rules will apply when entering the TRNC.

Border gate crossings

From June 22, border gate crossings from South Cyprus to the TRNC started on the condition of showing a PCR negative test done in the last 72 hours.

TRNC citizens and Maronites living in the TRNC, the Greek Cypriots and other Greek Cypriot Administration citizens who want to come to the TRNC from South Cyprus, citizens of other countries permanently living in South Cyprus, and TRNC citizens living in South Cyprus will be able to cross to the TRNC, without quarantine, by showing a PCR negative test done in the last 72 hours.

There will be crossings to the TRNC at 5 border gates – Lokmacı, Beyarmudu, Akyar, Bostancı and Metehan. Those who have travelled to another country within the last 14 days and come back to South Cyprus will be able to cross to the TRNC according to the conditions applied to the country which they visited.  

Government support of industry during COVID-19
June 8, 2020

The Thai Government has passed a 1.9 trillion Thai Baht stimulus package to (1) income loss compensation and public health improvement, (2) a 2% interest soft loan to SME, and (3) corporate bond liquidity stabilisation fund managed by the Bank of Thailand

COVID-19 Restrictions
June 8, 2020

"The Spanish government has eased restrictions, where Spanish residents are divided into regions, with the virus being reported in stages from 0 to 3. Mallorca has reached stage 1, and people are allowed to circulate freely within their province, bars; restaurants can occupy 50% of their capacity. Nautical activities are allowed within the same province.

Any foreigners arriving in Spain, by any means and including Schengen treaty countries, need to self-isolate for 14 days. Free circulation is expected to be achieved at the end of June, subject to conditions.

COVID-19 Restrictions
June 8, 2020

"The situation in Poland is improving week by week. Although the number of daily cases does not decrease, it is still so small all the time that the government decided to introduce the third stage of lifting restrictions.
Since May 18 cafes, bars and restaurants are open, with all security measures such as distance between people. Since May 4 shopping malls have been partially opened, without food courts and some services like cinemas or gyms. Also, museums, art galleries and hotels have been opened.
Since May 25 schools have opened, initially for children from classes 1-3 in primary schools, and consultations with teachers for children from the last classes of primary and secondary school.
Other restrictions still apply, including the obligation to wear masks as well as to keep 2 meters away from other people.
Since May 4 marinas can operate in a limited way, without gastronomy or sanitary facilities, but since May 18, you can sail with more than two people in a crew or just with a family. There are still a lot of restrictions on providing measures for disinfecting hands for clients, disinfecting vessels after each use, maintaining a safe distance between people in marina or providing 15 minutes time between groups of clients.
All shipyards in Poland are currently operating, also those that temporarily suspended their activities. There are no problems with transport or the supply chain.
Border controls are maintained until June 12, 2020, but from May 16, persons coming to Poland from the territory of other European Union countries in connection with business activities carried out in Poland or in their countries are not obligated to quarantine

COVID-19 Restrictions
June 8, 2020

"The Singapore government has announced lockdown easing measures from 02-June (the original date originally announced for ending lockdown). The rollback will be gradual and divided into 3 phases. In first phase about a third of workers will be able to resume work at their workplace, with the remainder still working from home. Sectors targeted for Phase 1 re-opening include manufacturing, professional and financial services, vehicle maintenance, ancillary healthcare and hairdressers, subject to safe management measures. Schools will partially re-open (full school for graduating cohorts, with the remainder alternating weekly between school and home-based learning). Places of worship can open for private worship. Retail and dining will remain closed. Social gathering is mostly prohibited (with the exception of limited visits to grandparents). This first phase is expected to last for at least a month.
In the second 'transitionary' phase more businesses will re-open (e.g. some retail, tuition and enrichment centres, sports and recreation centres). Small social gatherings will be allowed (limited dining in with safeguards). This second phase could last several months before the final phase in which social, cultural, religious and business gatherings can resume with certain safeguards and size limitations. Day to day activities for seniors will only fully resume in this last phase. The idea is to prepare the country for a Phase 3 that is not a ""business as usual"" but a post-pandemic ""new normal"", at least until a vaccine is found and made available. Services involving prolonged contact (cinemas, bars, spas) will only be allowed in this last phase. The length of each phases will be determined depending on the infection rate.
Masking up and safe distancing has been the norm up to now, and will remain so going forward. In all phases, employees continue to work from home to the extent possible.
The expectation is that boating in local waters will be allowed from Phase 2. Cross-border boating will not be possible as borders remain closed. In spite of this, dealers are reporting brisk business, indicating that boating is seen as a safe activity given the present circumstances
The detailed list of permitted business in Phase 1 is shown in the PDF below:

COVID-19 Restrictions
June 8, 2020

"The restriction on recreational boating activities is being dropped starting on May 1st, 2020.
This would be celebrated with a special flotilla honoring medical staff, Israel Police, and the Israeli Marine Police in particular.
The flotilla will depart from a few destinations (Hertzelia, Tel Aviv and Haifa).
This event will be carefully monitored by the marine police. Restrictions remain the same.
The number of people on each boat should be minimal. Keep 2 meters away from each other while onboard, unless it's people who reside together on a regular basis. Gatherings at the cockpit are forbidden. All activation of pyrotechnic equipment is forbidden. Guidance will be transmitted over the radio. Registration is mandatory.

Marinas -will stay open to arrival and departure of vessels - no permit has been issued to close marinas. Foreign citizens aren’t allowed to enter - except for special instructions and permission in advance by the Population and Immigration authorities. Israelis will be allowed to enter the state in accordance with the Ministry of Health instructions. Every Israeli entering the country will be required to a 14-day quarantine.
Quarantine on sailing vessels is not permitted throughout all marina areas. Checking procedures of sailing vessels will be carried out in a separate pier, the same as it was up until now. Coming in touch with the vessels’ body does not require a special protection uniform. Sanitizing vessels is not required. All costs deriving from the treatments of vessels will be carried out by the vessel owner, with in advance notice.
Business- Permitted business are supermarkets, groceries, bakeries, food shops, pharmacies, optics stores, animal food stores, household maintenance services, electric shops, communication products and services and medical equipment.
Business will operate while maintaining 2 meters of distance from customers. No more than 4 customers per cash register in a store.
Work places- Employers must take employees’ temperature upon entrance to the workplace. Employees are required to fill out a symptom declaration form to be kept by the employers. Employers should work remotely as much as possible. In a workplace, people are to keep 2 meters from each other, open windows and restrict work to 2 people in the same room.
Transportation- When driving in a private vehicle, 2 people are allowed.
Upon operating busses, trains, light rail or shuttles, an empty row that separates drivers from passengers is required. One person per bench. Standing passengers need to keep 2 meters from each other. Ventilation and cleaning of the vehicle is required after each ride. In a taxi, one passenger is allowed in the back seat while all vehicle’s windows are open.
Resident restrictions - When entering public places, wearing a mask that covers the mouth and the nose is required. Gatherings in public places are not allowed.

Government support of industry during COVID-19
June 8, 2020

"The most significant government intervention for the industry concerns the ""Cure Italy"" decree, which has allocated more than 11 billion euros in social security benefits and extended to all companies the instrument of the lay-off fund in derogation, for 9 weeks.
Currently the following government financial support is anticipated:
1)All the financial loans and leasing contracts have been suspended for 3 months in order to preserve the financial liquidity of the companies
2)The payment of VAT to the state and other taxes, together with the high contributions on the wages of employees have been suspended for 3 months
3)A tax credit has been granted to shops, restaurants (even the ones operating inside marinas) who can prove they had losses caused by Covid-19 situation, by comparing the income from the previous year.
The government has suspended concession fees until the end of July. A request has been made to grant the same benefits to marinas

The Government has published on 8th April a decree with measures to give immediate liquidity to the industry (400 dollars billion in State guarantees to support business and exports)
Further support to the industrial system from the Government is expected in the coming days

New Zealand
Government support of industry during COVID-19
June 8, 2020

The Government has provided employers NZ dollar 585 for each employee per week for 12 weeks if they expect business income to be down by 30% or more. Over half of the work force have received this grant.

Government support of industry during COVID-19
June 8, 2020

The government has promoted and supported different initiatives for companies and individuals, with the purpose of maintaining jobs, income, the supply of water and energy, food and basic hygiene items; while the economic system is reactivated.