PYA to hold webinar on new regulations for stamping in and out of EU

The Professional Yachting Association (PYA) is inviting all of its members and partners to join its upcoming webinar to find out more about the latest immigration regulations affecting non-EU resident yacht crew. The webinar will take place on 21st December 2021 at 14:00 CET.

Its panel of experts from Italy, France, Monaco and Spain will outline the regulations in each country and discuss the options available for those crew wishing to take up work on vessels lying in Schengen ports for an extended period of time.

The PYA is aware of issues relating to non-Schengen resident crew requesting to be ‘stamped out' of the Schengen area and onto the crew lists of vessels lying in Schengen area ports. Following the ruling of the EU Court of Justice on 5th February 2020, immigration authorities are not authorised to 'stamp out' a crew member's passport at the time of boarding, but rather when the master of the ship informs the immigration or customs office of the departure of the vessel from the port. This ruling particularly applies to non-EU resident crew on short-stay visas, or British crew who are only allowed in the EU for 90 days (within a 180-day period).

Due to the limited amount of time allowed in the Schengen area, non-EU crew (who travel individually to vessels and are stamped in) are finding it difficult to work on vessels lying in Schengen ports for multiple months during the winter as it is resulting in them overstaying their visa or tourist-allowance period.

Register for the webinar here.

For more information, visit PYA.

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