Yacht Clearance / Customs
We are well aware how confusing and stressful customs yacht clearance are nowadays. With all these tight regulations and variations from port to port and from land to land. This is the reason why we worked on our insight and experience. As, we understand that doing the yacht clearance process and following a long crossing, captains or the owners themselves would not be up to filling up of forms or answering a never-ending list of customs’ officers questions. For a minimal cost, our professional team at Boatcare will handle these painstaking chores for you!
We will also advise you on the correct requirements to enter Malta and Gozo, depending on various factors, such as whether you are coming from a Schengen country, whether your crew is EU . non-EU, etc.
Yachts must not anchor anywhere before first visiting the port of entry; otherwise there is a risk of being penalised. On approaching the Maltese Islands, contact is to be established with Valletta Port Control on VHF Channels
Procedures for customs clearance
It is at the responsibility of the owner or yacht master that is arriving from EU ports/countries whether or not to inform the customs authorities. If one decides to do so, the following are required:
• Crew list
• Ship’s store declaration
• Crew’s effects declaration
• Health Declaration
Customs measure for yachts showing up from non EU ports/nations is mandatory and this ought to be completed promptly after berthing. The crew list should be submitted while the rest of the documents as referenced above are completed by the customs official on board the yacht. In certain places, customs authorities may force charges for their visit.
If the yacht is arriving from non EU ports/countries, passports must be stamped by the police officer to show entry in Malta.
Clearance on Arrival
Before entering the marina and after contacting Valletta Port Control through the use of VHF, the master needs to contact the marina to guide him/her on where to berth the yacht. A passenger/crew list has to be presented to the attending officer, whilst all passports are to be shown.
If you wish to benefit from our services, all you have to do is to inform us in advance and our team will handle this in the most efficient manner and simplify the process.
Before the final departure from Malta, a passenger/crew list has to be drawn up on the appropriate form and present it to the local agent/marina, provided the yacht is sailing to an EU country/port.
If the yacht’s next port of call will be a non-EU country/port, outward clearance is required. Clearance is valid for 24 hours and the following documentation is required:-
• Copy of the IMO declaration
• 2 crew lists – one for customs and another for immigration police
• In case of non-EU members on board the yacht, passports would be required to be vetted by immigration police