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EU Recreational Craft Directive - Regulations regarding EU members' registered boats.

EU Visitor Visas - List of countries whose nationals require a visa.

List of Member Countries - Current cuntries in the EU.

VAT - Information on European Union Value Added Tax, including exemptions for non-EU yachts.


For more information about the European Union, try their "user-friendly" website at

European Regulation on the movement of pet animals
DEFRA (UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
UK Defra's website has a lot of useful information on regulations on the movement of pet animals in and out of the UK, and within the EU, as well as a list of non-EU countries participating in the pet passport scheme.
JimB's Sail Europe
Useful information on many cruising areas in Europe including comparison of different areas and clear information on formalities especially in Greece.


Circumnavigating Europe: 11 years of great cruising

Greece: Difficulties Encountered by Yachts with a Non-EU Port of Registry

Corinth Canal latest fees

European Union Recreational Craft Directive (RCD)

Greece - Bad News for Non EU yachts commanded by EU citizens?

Importing a Boat into Portugal

Update on Spanish Taxes applied to Foreign Registered Boats

March 2008 Greek Cruising Tax update & clarification

Passport stamps in Greece

The European Union (Customs, Immigration, VAT)

European Monetary Union (The Euro)

Greek Cruising Taxes: Background

Cruising Club Of America
"Cruising European Waters" is an invaluable guide and regularly updated. See Noonsite CruisingInformation for more information.
International Marine Certification Institute
Information on EU (CE) certification.
Platinum Sponsors

Noonsite users may be familiar with Yellowbricks from offshore rallies they have participated in, but you might not be aware you can buy a Yellowbrick for your own personal use.

Yellowbrick is not an EPIRB or a PLB; it does not just transmit your position in an emergency, it transmits your position on a regular basis, all the time. Friends and family can see where you are, and where you have been, on your personal web-based map. It is waterproof, rugged, and trusted by virtually all the world's major offshore yachting events.

Yellowbrick is battery powered, and will run for up to 3 months, transmitting hourly. In standby mode it will last for up to a year between charges. It can send and receive short messages via e-mail and SMS, and has an alert button. Running costs are just £8 (US$12) per month plus transmissions, and you only pay when it is being used – you pay nothing when it is not!

Why wait for an emergency to let people know where you are?