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

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.  

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: