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.

Please note: Currently, due to our recent website transition, the RRG is can not be edited by our members. MIAs will be informed as soon as it is possible to make updates. Before then, if you would like to update your country’s section, you can email your changes to

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Updated date Country Criteria
August 12, 2005 Spain Environment

IMO Marpol emission limits in force. Now, special regulations for black waters on pleasure boats and marinas (tanks, pumps, etc.)

August 11, 2005 Cyprus Product Liability

National regulations have been harmonised with EU directive.

August 11, 2005 Cyprus Construction Standards and Certification

All EU states and Norway apply Directive 1994/25/EC

August 11, 2005 Cyprus Registration

National regulations for all vessels in force.

August 11, 2005 Cyprus Operating Limits

No craft is allowed to enter buoy-marked swimmers areas. High speed craft towing airborne parachute not allowed to approach less than 500 metres to object or land. Vessel towing line of airborne objects limited to 150 metres. Vessel-towed airborne objects limited in flying only when wind speed equal or less than 16 knots or according to equipment manufacturers specifications and only during daylight. High Speed Craft basic limit on carrying capacity. Age limit ? equal/above 18. General towage of waterborne and airborne objects regulations for Parliamentary approval (pending).

August 11, 2005 Cyprus Marinas and Harbours

Law 4/1977 for Marinas and Yacht Harbours regulates operation and prices. Great shortage of facilities. Government invites Private Sector to invest in specific locations after these have undergone primary environmental impact analysis/assessment carried out by the Government. Marina and Yacht Harbour construction legislation and lease agreements under rigorous consideration. All construction works on coastal zone require environmental impact analysis/assessment. No financial support for development at the moment.

August 11, 2005 Cyprus Environment

Law 56(I)1992 (High Speed Craft Law/Regulations) PENDING: Noise, exhaust fumes above the engine manufacturers specifications or any other environmental pollution is prohibited.

August 11, 2005 Cyprus Drivers Licences

Coastal Waters: Law 56(I)1992 (High Speed Craft Law) Compulsory Driver Licence for any vessels of L.O.A. equal or less than 15 metres able to speed equal to above 15 knots. Detailed regulations of the above are pending.

August 11, 2005 Cyprus Taxation

VAT 15% on all vessels.

May 1, 2005 Switzerland Taxation

7.6% VAT starting January 1st 2001.