Tips to Stay as Healthy as Possible When Traveling To and From the Yacht

Oct 5, 2021 by Capt. Jeff Werner

When traveling internationally, to and from your yacht, here are some pointers to keep you as healthy as possible during transit:

Get vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that you do not travel unless you are fully vaccinated.

Carry proof of your vaccination. Whether it is a laminated, two-sided copy of the U.S. vaccination card, or the EU Digital COVID Certificate with a QR code on your mobile device.

Wear a mask. When traveling on planes out of and into the U.S., you are required to wear a mask over your nose and mouth. Currently, this mask mandate is in effect through Jan. 18, 2022.

Know the requirements of your destination, if arriving by air. Follow all the entry requirements regarding mask-wearing, testing, or quarantine. Some countries require a PCR COVID test within 72 hours of your departure to that country. In addition, you may also need to download a paper COVID testing verification form unique to that country, or a digital verification app. For example, Greece uses an online passenger locator form which will provide you with a QR code to allow entry into their country.

Know the requirements of your destination, if arriving by sea. The entry requirements may differ when not flying in. For example, the Canary Islands require that a Spanish Travel Health form be completed prior to arrival by air, but there is no such requirement if you arrive on your yacht. Check with the marina at your destination for the latest requirements.

Get tested before you travel back to the U.S. by air. All air passengers coming to the United States are required to have a negative COVID test result no more than three days before travel. 

Check for changes in travel requirements often. Due to the virulence of the Delta variant of Covid-19, countries are changing their entry requirements more frequently. The prudent mariner is advised to keep abreast of these changes before traveling.