Update May 26th 2019:
Since the last post- 14 months ago- the resolution of Brexit has been set back twice and our membership of the EU is currently due to finish on (or before!) 31st October 2019. Until the form of Brexit is decided (hard, soft, sunny side up or cancelled altogether) our future status is as uncertain as it was in March 2018. At one point, the RYA was concerned over the real possibility that a UK boat would be able to leave Europe and return without paying import duty or VAT, but would have to pay these fees if it simply arrived from the UK since it could be said to have been exported from the EU. You see.
(NB The above fees are only applicable if the boat stays in Europe for more than 18 months, like we have!)
Update March 29th 2018:
The RYA assumes that the current arrangements will remain in place an applicable until December 2020 (ie for the duration of the transition arrangements).
The following points are all up for negotiation at this time, on the assumption that the UK will leave the EU:
- At present, non-residents of the EU may only visit EU countries for 90 days out of any 180 day period. (This is a little like car insurance, which can’t stretch for more than 90 days- but you may have another 90 days non-concurrently at the discretion of your policy). The UK is already not a part of the Schengen Area (in which passport checks and visas are waived), and the Schengen agreement has been subsumed into EU law. Therefore we are not in a good place for changing our travel status and may well end up with maximum 90 day visit durations.
- Visits to and from the EU by recreational boats need to be covered by visas (or a lack of them) that acknowledge the non-commercial use of boats.
- A British boat needs to retain its status as ‘Union Goods’ – that is, made in the EU and able to cross internal borders without re-declaring VAT-paid status.
- Other regulations currently exist for approved certification of training, which needs to be maintained.
Lady Christina already has the appropriate Union Goods paperwork and Schengen forms for her crew. Nevertheless we anticipate that visits to the Netherlands may well be parcelled up into 90-day parcels from 2019 onwards.