Please select your home edition
Edition
Grapefruit Graphics 2019 - Leaderboard

Where is open for cruising this summer?

by Noonsite 2 Jul 12:42 UTC
Antigua re-opens port and airport © Antigua and Barbuda Marine Association

While some Caribbean countries boldly organized controlled openings for yachts for hurricane season in May (including Grenada, Bonaire and Curacao), the tide really began to turn at the start of June as more and more Islands started to open up, including Antigua and the Bahamas (all be it with quarantine and/or testing).

On June 15th the EU encouraged border restrictions to be lifted and Spain, Portugal, Italy and Croatia obliged. In the eastern Med Turkey and Cyprus also opened their borders, to the joy of many Red Sea yachts wanting to leave Egypt and find safe haven for a well-deserved rest. Restrictions are easing in the Azores as well and access to shore is permitted following a negative test. At last mid-Atlantic passage makers can explore this wonderful archipelago and properly meet the friendly locals who have gone so far out of their way to help sailors, in particular during this time of crisis.

In the Pacific, cruising yachts have been laid-up in French Polynesia for months with no where open ahead of them to sail to. All that is beginning to change, however, with Fiji being the first to re-open their maritime borders to foreign flagged vessels on 21 June,(limited initially to superyachts). It seems French Polynesia will be following suit from 15 July when quarantine measures will be lifted and French Polynesia's borders will re-open to international tourism from all countries.

This article has been provided by the courtesy of noonsite.com.

Related Articles

Long-distance cruising in 2020
The world of recreational long-distance cruising has been turned on its head More than half way through 2020 and the world of recreational long-distance cruising has been turned on its head in just six months. Posted on 31 Jul
Noonsite is now mapped!
Navigate the site and find the information you are looking for After 20 years on the web, this is what the team at Noonsite have been waiting for and we are very excited to now have a map by which you can navigate the site and find the information you are looking for. Posted on 1 Jul
Noonsite guiding cruisers through Covid-19
Pacific Ocean Lockdown: What are the options? To help with your passage planning as countries start to relax their restrictions and transiting home becomes a possibility, we have put together three documents for the world's largest oceans that are continually updated with information as we know it. Posted on 31 May
Cruising Greece
It's been an anxious few months With many cruisers wanting to head to Greece this Summer or return to the country and re-commission their boats for the season, it's been an anxious few months. Posted on 30 May
Maldives: Costs and restrictions eased
Charges reduced for yachts less than 15 metres At last what was hoped for, then delayed due to Covid-19, has now been implemented and cruising yachts can enjoy more cost-effective cruising and easier formalities in the Maldives once borders re-open. Posted on 30 May
New August date for ARC Portugal rally
The new late August schedule replaces the original June start date World Cruising Club (WCC) have a proposed new schedule for their 2020 ARC Portugal rally, the annual Biscay crossing sailing from Plymouth, UK, to Marina de Lagos on Portugal's Algarve coast. Posted on 3 May
Time on your hands
Use this time to gain knowledge for future cruising Just because sailing and cruising (in the main part) are cancelled, it doesn't mean "thinking" about sailing and cruising is. Posted on 2 May
Decision time for many
Key seasonal changes which cruisers need to prepare for The Atlantic Hurricane season, Indian Ocean crossing season and Pacific cyclone season are all inching their way closer, causing much anxiety in the cruising community for those migrating yachts that are stuck in lockdown. Posted on 1 May
Noonsite COVID-19 updates
As the global crisis deepens and border closures continue We have been working hard over the last couple of months to keep you informed as the global COVID-19 crisis deepens and border closures continue. Posted on 30 Apr
Vaikobi 2019AUG - Footer 2Grapefruit Graphics 2019 - FooterUpffront 2020 Foredeck Club SW FOOTER