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The team at PG Legal outlined the requirements for sailing in Italy on 3 June

On May 18, 2020, Italy set sail again. On May 17, 2020, the Italian Prime Minister expressly endorsed the possibility of sailing inside the residence until 2 June and announced that, on 3 June, it should be possible to leave regional waters and sail freely around the Italian coast.

The charter sector has received the green light for the steps that must be taken for the resumption of activities that will take place on June 3. It has been confirmed that positive tests will be needed for permanent charter crews, who have to deal with many different guests on large cruise ships. Bareboat charters will have simpler procedures, without reducing the limitations of the regional movement of clients. Starting June 3, the Government will reopen the border for EU citizens without a quarantine period. This means that Summer 2020 has finally begun.

Given the gradual recovery, the Italian Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure has issued rules that must be considered for fun boating, chartering, renting and for managing ports and marinas. Below you will find important points to respect when sailing in the waters of Italy.

  • Avoid close contact
  • Proper sanitation room
  • Interpersonal space of at least one meter
  • Nose and mouth protection for passengers

Personal pleasure yachts

The main measure remains a “social distance” of at least one meter unless people are part of the same family or live together. Even relatives, if not living together, must respect the social distance of one person for each linear meter of the ship. Provision of personal protective equipment for passengers and use of surface cleaners is also mandatory.


The same precautionary rules for private vessels apply to yachts involved in charter activities. Only people who live in the same family are allowed to live in the same cabin.

The owner is required to clean all areas – including the engine room and services – to provide adequate supplies for sanitation products as well as information signs, written in several languages, to make tenants and guests aware of the hygienic steps needed to be taken.

As far as the crew is concerned, the obligation to use masks and gloves and other protective equipment depends on the type of unit in particular, during mooring, unmooring, bunkering and towing operations. For the crew, moreover, because they are called subjects, in some cases, to carry out first aid maneuvers (as in the case of Captains who are required to take basic first aid courses and BLS), there must be an obligation to undergo a preventive rescue test (before boarding) and periodically on CoVid-19, the results of which must be stored on the board. However, there must be a mandatory temperature measurement for crew members every day.

The crew must also be careful to prevent access to ships for foreigners while at the port or at sea.

Those who generally live in the same house can share accommodation in the same cabin.

For guests, general rules regarding social distance and interpersonal precautionary measures apply, ie one person per meter of linear length of the unit, including crew members, unless guests stay together.

Harbor and marina tours

The marina manager must provide port specific information to the port, in Italian and English, about actions to be respected, use of personal protective equipment, installation of sanitary dispensers on the dock, restrictions on movement, prohibition of gathering and respect for social distance.

Navigation and system rules

It is obligatory to comply with regulations for travel within the Territory and between Regions and respect international anti-transmission laws during navigation outside national territorial waters.

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