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Croatia's Borders Are Open

Subject to various COVID-19 related conditions, Croatia is open to tourists so a sailing holiday in Croatia this summer is certainly a consideration.

In a nutshell, you can travel to Croatia under the following conditions.

  • provide a negative PCR or rapid antigen test result for SARS-CoV-2 that is not older than 48 hours
  • provide a vaccination certificate for persons who received a second dose of COVID-19 vaccine more than 14 days prior.
  • presentation of a positive PCR or rapid antigen test, confirming that the holder recovered from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, which was performed in the previous 180 days
  • or perform PCR testing or rapid antigen testing on SARS-CoV-2 immediately upon arrival in the Republic of Croatia (at their own expense), with the obligation to stay in self-isolation until the arrival of a negative test result.

Full details can be found on the Croatian government Corona virus website at - https://www.koronavirus.hr/latest-news

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Latest Greek Port Fees Information

If you are planning your next sailing holiday in Greece and wondering what port fees you might expect to pay, here's a handy guide* for you.

Harbour Fees Eastern Greece

Astipalaia: Mooring free water and power Euros 5 each per night. Subsequent nights stern to Euros 6.27; water from one tap; no electricity.

Aigina, Kea and Syros: All Euros 0.47 per metre plus 23% vat. Water and electricity extra at various rates.

Chalkis (Halki): Euros 8.54 for 12.2 meters, including water.

Chios, Langadha: Free, water on quay.

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Greece is Open For Sailing Holidays

Here's very good news if you are thinking of travelling to Greece for a sailing holiday in the summer off 2021.

Greece has lifted its quarantine requirement for travellers from the European Union provided they have been vaccinated or tested negative for COVID-19 over the previous 72 hours.

The new rule, announced today, also applies to travellers from Australia, Israel, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, the UK, and the US, the Greek Civil Aviation Authority (YPA) said. All other international arrivals will still need to show a negative test and self-isolate for seven days.

Vaccinated travellers will have to present a certificate, in English, showing that they have been fully immunised, The second dose must have been received at least 14 days before the date of travel.

Hit the link below for the official announcement from the Greek Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

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Attending A Virtual Trade Exhibition

Rather than fly to Vienna for the annual International Charter Expo (ICE), it was somewhat different this year - a virtual expo. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the expo could not be held with face-to-face meetings so this was certainly the next best option.

We attended this virtual expo and had over 30 meetings with yacht charter companies and operators. The reaction and support we received for our new platform was outstanding and we look forward to helping many new partners with securing additional bookings next charter season.

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What are the bareboat charter requirements in Greece?

Wondering if you meet the requirements for chartering a bareboat sailboat in Greece? In this article, I'll go over the exact licenses and certifications you'll need. If you want to charter bareboat in Greece, you'll need a valid international sailing license to prove your experience. You also need an assisting crew member with some boating experience. This crew member must be at least 18 years old. You are not required to have a VHF Radio Certificate.

You don't necessarily need an ICC sailing license. As long as it's an internationally-recognized license, you should be fine. I've included a list of accepted licenses below.

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