Europea Union leaders are considering visa restriction on sailor or yachtsman who is not originally from European Union member countries. Thus, for foreign sailors who plan to enter Europe, especially in the Schengen area they will nee to obtain Schengen visa for sailors. Basically, Schengen visa for sailors has the same restriction like Schengen visa for short stay. This visa only allows the foreign sailor to stay in the Schengen area no more than 90 days within a period of six months. If you are thinking about sailing your boat into the Schengen are waters, there several factors that should be aware of.
Things to be aware before sailing in Schengen waters
- You should understand what is the Schengen area itself, what is it and how long you are able to stay in the area.
- Look for the information about temporary importation (TI) of non-EU boats. How long you are allowed top stay before import tax is payable.
- Ask about what certificate that will be needed when transiting the inland waters of Europe.
- Is there any regulation that affecting the boats permanently imported into the EU.
- Is there any requirements if you willing to bring your pet in the Schengen area
Current member of the Schengen Area
- Czech Republic
- the Netherlands
Procedures and Requirements in applying Schengen visa for sailors
These following documents must be sent to the embassy or consular authority directly or hand delivery. The sailor can not sign in on presents himself before the consular authority without these documents.
- Application letter. If the application letter is coming from the shipping company or authorized shipping agent, it required possessing a shipping agents permission by competent port authority. Make sure that it is already indicated about full details of the sailor include
- The sailor’s identity (Surname, Name, Nationality, Passport number, Rank, Date of birth)
- Date of the sailor’s entry into the Schengen territory
- Details of the shipping agent of the country where the visa is being issued
- Register the vessel. Include the vessel’s name, registration number, flag under which the vessel is sailing, and IMO number (where it applicable)
- Detail schedule about the date of vessel’s arrival in the port of the designated Schengen country
- Detail schedule about the date of vessel’s departure
- Formal declaration. This is the declaration which signed by the shipping company, company’s representatives or authorizes shipping agent. Legalization by a public authority is not required. In this declaration, there will be a confirmation that the sailor has signed upon the invitation, confirm about the responsibility for the expenses during the stay in the Schengen area, and if necessary you may put the repatriation cost of the seaman.
- Duly completed form and signed a copy of uniform visa application form. Make sure to put your photograph with size 40 mm x 60 mm.
- A valid passport. You may also put your passport along with other travel documents that recognized by the embassy or consular authority. Your passport must have validity at least 3 months since your departure and it must have at least two blank pages left.
- Valid seaman’s Book
- A medical certificate. This certificate should certify the absence of any disease that might be a risk to public health. It is especially the disease that listed in the International Medical situation and the Wolrd Health Organization or any infectious disease which should have been taken measure to protect public health.
- Any additional document. Ask the consular or embassy if they will need an additional document or not.
- A copy of the sailor’s contractor sailor’s letter of appointment.
Once you get the Schengen visa for sailors, you can freely sail through those 26 countries mention above for 3 months period of time. However, if you plan to sail outside the Schengen area, you might be required to get an additional relevant visa.