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.

To browse the RRG, select a country and/or criteria from the dropdown menus

Operating Limits
September 15, 2021
Speed restrictions as well as any local applicable area restrictions (including restrictions on waste water discharge  and fuel supply in environmentally sensitive areas)On lakes under 100ha and rivers narrower than 10m fuel engines are allowed only for governmental survey, resque or surveillance purposes

Prevention of Discharge of Pollutants from Ships into Sea and Requirements for Ballast Water are regulated by Water Act:
What type of craft or engines are impacted by these restrictions? (For example PWC or above a certain HP for an outboard engine)Restrictions are same for all watercraft, but could affect sailing and motor boats differently (e.g. 15 knots speed limit)
Marinas and Harbours
September 15, 2021
Agency or agencies handling licencing of concessionsIn order to register a new port, the port authority or its representative needs to log in to the Marina Register , enter the required information about the port to be registered, and submit an application for making a register entry. 
Applicable VAT for guest chargesVAT 20%
Agency which handles dredgingEnvironmental Board is granting of environmental permit for special use of water:
Water permits can be applied here:
Technical standards for the construction of marinasconstruction in waterways is regulated by Maritime Safety Act
General construction standards regulated by Building Code and Planning Act
Environmental impact  assessments neededActivities with significant environmental impact require environmental impact assessment, regulated by Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Management System Act
September 15, 2021
Emissions (exhaust, evaporative and noise)EU regulations apply
Waste Water Treatment, Waste Water Discharge and PollutantsPrevention of Discharge of Pollutants from Ships into Sea and Requirements for Ballast Water are regulated by Water Act:
Abandoned or EOL BoatsEOL Boats
Sediment-DredgingDredging is regulated by Water Act:
Energy Transition
Packagingregulated by Packaging Act:
Waste managementEnvironmental protection requirements upon provision of port services are regulated by Ports Act

General waste managemnt is regulated by Waste Act:
Boat Licensing and Skippers Certificates
September 15, 2021

Skippers Certificates issued by Transport Administration:

Recreational Watercraft (PWC and recreational craft between 2,4 and 24 m) registered by Transport Administration:

Recreational Watercraft (recreational craft and personal watercraft) must pass a pre-registration inspection test at the Road Administration or Maritime Administration before they can be registered. Pre-registration inspection tests of watercrafts that are new and being registered for the first time may also be carried out by an official importer or producer of the watercraft who has concluded a relevant contract with the Transport Administration.

Ships (workboats and passenger ships, incl charter yachts over 12m; recreational boats over 24m) registered by Maritime Administration under Law of Ship Flag and Ship Registers Act:

Design, Construction and Compliance Requirements of Boats and Components
September 15, 2021

Estonia, as an EU state applies Directive 2013/53/EU on recreational craft and personal watercraft

Northern Cyprus
COVID-19 Restrictions
January 22, 2021

Entering the TRNC
Under the current Government measures, any passengers entering the TRNC from abroad will be subject to a 10-day quarantine, provided they submit negative PCR test results for the last 3 days. PCR tests will be performed at the end of the quarantine.
Anyone who has been in the USA, UK, Netherlands, Denmark and South Africa in the last 14 days will not be accepted, with the exception of TRNC citizens from those countries who will have to stay in quarantine for 14 days.
Arrivals on charter flights, private planes and scheduled flights are not permitted. The 3-day and shorter entry without quarantine has also been cancelled until the next review by the Council of Ministers.
Entry is not allowed for those who do not submit the PCR test result as a printout to healthcare professionals upon entry to the TRNC or those whose test results are not received within the last 3 days.
Passengers coming from Turkey to the TRNC should submit negative PCR test result documents, which must have a QR code.
All test and quarantine fees will be covered by the passengers, including citizens of the TRNC.

Night-time curfew - from 22:00 to 05:00 until 25th January
Individuals are not permitted to leave their residences between the stated hours, with the exception of private sector personnel addressing basic needs and public sector personnel providing essential services (police, fire department, municipalities, civil defence, health workers and district offices).

Vaccination programme
The TRNC Ministry of Health has launched a vaccination campaign and will prioritise people aged 65 and over and anyone suffering from chronic illness.

Northern Cyprus
COVID-19 Restrictions
October 6, 2020

In a further update on arrivals by sea to the TRNC, the Ministry of Transportation has announced that private boats are now allowed to check in directly at TRNC ports, provided they comply to the quarantine conditions applied to each country. All passengers and crew must submit negative PCR results upon entry and arrangements will then be made to transfer passengers to the quarantine centres. Boats arriving from Category A (low risk) countries can check in with their negative PCR test.

Northern Cyprus
COVID-19 Restrictions
October 1, 2020

The latest update from the Ministry of Health on the conditions of travel to the TRNC is that the quarantine decisions in place and the ban of arrival of private boats are extended until 1 November 2020.

However, private yachts cruising in the region and requesting emergency asylum, and fuel, water and food, are now allowed to enter TRNC ports, provided they do not get off the boat and do not check into the country (as transit) by informing the relevant Port Authorities, Customs, Immigration and Health units.

Currently, both foreigners and TRNC citizens are permitted to enter the TRNC through Ercan Airport following the end of flight restrictions.

For the latest quarantine conditions and information about the categories of countries, please check the updated TRNC Ministry of Health page in English at

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.