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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Updated date Country Criteria
April 21, 2020 Croatia Government support of industry during COVID-19

Croatian Government confirmed set of measures that are aimed at job protection and postponement or relief of taxes to aid the economy.
- The amount of 1.14 bn Euro is dedicated for job retention in March, April, and May. In total, the Croatian government will pay approx. 700 Eur per employee per month.
- All tax payers affected by this crisis will be fully or partially exempt from paying corporate income tax, payroll taxes and salary contributions due in April, May and June 2020. The companies with a drop in revenues between 20% to 50% will have the right to defer taxes and will be able to pay them in 24 monthly annuities with no interest. Businesses with revenue of less than 1 mil. Euro and with a drop in revenue higher than 50% will be fully exempted from corporate income tax, payroll taxes and salary contributions.
- All financial loans and leasing contracts have been suspended for 3 months, with possibility to extend it to 6 or 12 months depending on the development of the situation
- Payment of the value added tax might be deferred until the invoices issued are paid off.
- The deadline for submission of the 2019 annual financial statements is postponed to 30 June and there is no obligation to pay a fee to the Financial Agency (FINA) for their publication.
- In addition, the Government has launched Financial Agency's digital platform to help with the implementation of the Covid-19 measures. This platform enables submitting an application, collecting the information necessary for the decision making and creating a report.

April 21, 2020 Finland Government support of industry during COVID-19

Government has promised support packages for businesses so they can keep people on the payroll. Support has also been promised for individual entrepreneurs, but there is a rush for the subsidies and it takes time to process the applications.

April 21, 2020 France Government support of industry during COVID-19

The French government has taken aid measures for both the businesses and the workers. Workers are encouraged to work from home, when possible, but some factories and businesses remain open with sanitary measures. Partial unemployment benefits are now granted to 5,8 million people at the national level (about 25% of the employees) as of 8 April. Freelance workers can also benefit from a monthly subsidy of Euro 1500. Additional measures have been taken to differ repayment of loans and taxes, with the participation of the banks. The regional council administrations are also involved in several actions of support.

April 21, 2020 South Africa COVID-19 Restrictions

The South African President has announced a nationwide lockdown until the 16th of April. No-one is to leave home unless seeking medical care, buying food or medicine or collecting social grants. All shops and businesses will be closed with the exception of: pharmacies, laboratories, banks, essential financial services, supermarkets, petrol stations, healthcare providers, post offices and companies that produce or transport food, basic goods and medical supplies. The South African Defence Force will be deployed to support police in implementing the lockdown. Public health management programmes will increase and international travellers from high risk countries will not be admitted.
The ban on export of non-essential items has been lifted, so South Africa can export boats and masts etc, but each export consignment must be evaluated on a case by case basis.

South Africa lockdown is extended to the 30th of April.

April 21, 2020 Slovenia COVID-19 Restrictions

Slovenia is in quarantine since the middle of March. Marinas are closed, receptions operate via phone or email only. Restaurants, bars, hotels, schools and a lot of companies are closed as well. Shops remain closed with the exception of food, pharmacies, petrol stations, banks, and post offices. Public transportation has ceased operations. People are not allowed to travel outside their city of residence. Public gatherings are prohibited, except those who are going to work or grocery shopping or being outside with members of the same household but a safe distance from other people.
The Marina Master team is continuously monitoring the development of corona virus worldwide. The Marina Master activities and businesses keep running smoothly in these unusual circumstances. Marina Master has complete ability to work from home due to the benefits of the Marina Master CRM. Therefore marina owners, managers and marina staff are working from home and boaters are using myMarina solution which enables them to communicate with marinas and view their boat live (stream camera) from home anytime.

April 21, 2020 Japan COVID-19 Restrictions

Japan is not currently on lockdown. Marinas are open without any restrictions.
Imported boat dealers will hold the new boat sea trial for potential customers Individually from April.
From manufacturers’ point, some parts from China have been delayed and companies are looking for alternative suppliers. There is concern about the reduction of volume due to the global demand downturn.
"Emergency Declaration" in the metropolitan area is expected to be announced on 7th April.

April 21, 2020 Netherlands COVID-19 Restrictions

Similar to other European countries schools, universities, nurseries and non-essential business have been closed and people are advised to stay home and not leave unless absolutely necessary.

April 21, 2020 Ireland COVID-19 Restrictions

Ireland has entered a stringent new phase of restrictions:
Stay at home in all circumstances, except in the following situations:
-to travel to and from work where the work is considered an essential service.
-working in an essential shop, bank or post office.
to attend medical appointments and collect medicines and other health products for yourself, your family or someone who is vulnerable or 'cocooning'
-for vital family reasons including caring for children, elderly or vulnerable people but excluding social family visits
-to exercise within 2 kilometres of your house. You cannot exercise with people from outside your household.

Marina and boatyard staff have been classed as essential workers. Marinas, boatyards and Yacht Clubs have closed to all customers/members for a two week period. This includes contractors.

April 21, 2020 Hong Kong COVID-19 Restrictions

Due to increasing number of cases the Government has stepped up introducing stronger measures (limiting alcohol licenses at bars & restaurants, and ordering the closure of sports clubs with private recreational leases). Several yacht clubs have closed due to the new government policies on PRL but access to boats are still open.
According to a recent survey conducted by Hong Kong Boating Industry Association, a total of 71% of employees will be affected if the downturn persists.
Cancellation of both international and local boating & sailing events has had a significant to moderate negative impact for three quarters of the companies in the industry

April 21, 2020 Grenada COVID-19 Restrictions

Grenada is still on lockdown, however a new yacht registry portal ( has been created to better communicate relevant marine information, available provision companies, plus direct communication with marina destinations and boatyard facilities.