Update on non-Schengen vessels in French waters

From 12th May 2021, non-Schengen vessels can sail in French waters.

The Préfecture Maritime de la Mediterranée issued a new regulation (090/2021, Article 1), which states that:

  • Foreign vessels are authorised to cross French territorial seas
  • They can also travel to their home ports located on the French Mediterranean coast
  • They can sail to a shipyard providing they have an appropriate contract agreement

While waiting to enter the port or the shipyard, non-French vessels can stop or anchor along the French Mediterranean coasts, after having made contact with the maritime authority (semaphore) or obtained an anchorage authorisation as per prefectural decree 155/2016 of 24th June, 2016.

Yachting Pages reminds seafarers of the new French anchoring regulations around Posidonia seagrass. Captains can find all the necessary charts and information here.

This new regulation 090/2021 cancels and replaces Article 4 of regulation 238/2020 from 30th November 2020.

Click here to read the ARRÊTÉ PRÉFECTORAL N°090/2021 (issued 12th May 2021).

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