COVID-19 restrictions slowly lifted in European waters

Today, May 27th, the COVID-19 restrictions in the form of total close down of all European ports and marinas for leisure boats, are slowly changing. Now it is only a month before this summers long distance sailing endeavor will begin. The Netherlands and Germany are opening for passing vessels, through the main routes. Although berthing options are still severely restricted, and vessels need to be totally autonomous regarding water and food intake and black water collection, this eases my mind about this summers options.

Denmark is still closed for all foreign vessels. Both Denmark and Finland are now worried about visitors from Sweden, because of the many more deaths due to the virus in Sweden, compared to the rest of the northern European countries. Politics! I am guessing that they will have to lift a little on the current policies, the financial interests of both countries in boat tourism from Swedish visitors is huge.

Well, well, I just continue to prepare boat and myself for the big adventure. Looking forward to meet with the special challenges that this virus adds to the already existing ones on a boat trip to other places in other countries. Keeping my fingers crossed!

Author: captain

Johannes, born in 1960 at Zierikzee, The Netherlands, and living in Nacka, Sweden. Owner of S/Y Isabell.

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