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Visa Free Travel Post Brexit

UK based sailors may retain visa free cruising to the EU for short stays

On the 9th April the European Council adopted a regulation setting out that following Brexit UK citizens coming to the Schengen area for short stay (90 days in any 180 days) will be granted visa free travel.

It's not EU law yet, and nor of course is 'Brexit' either, so the next step will be for the regulation to be signed by the European Parliament and Council. However the key will be that according to EU rules, visa exception is granted on condition of reciprocity.

Things look good for sailors that plan to cruise to France, Holland, Belgium post Brexit in that regard as UK Gov is on record stating that it does not intend to require a visa from EU citizens travelling to the UK for short stays. It may indeed be that beyond summer cruising (for those adventurous enough to head across Biscay perhaps) could be extended without visas for boat crews on UK passports, providing boats clear out of one EU state within 90 days and move on to another.

One thing for sure, there will be much more checking of documents, and making sure that your HR has all the relevant paperwork on board, such as VAT certification, ownership docs, as well as those passports will become part of cruising life out of UK waters.