New Protocols for Visitors to France

France has announced new protocols that apply from 1st June 2024 for small boats entering France from outside the EU.  Previously, boats would have had to arrive and depart from a small number of designated ‘Ports of Entry’, but the new protocol grants additional marinas and other ports that were previously not ports of entry the right to handle boats arriving from or departing to outside of the EU/Schengen area.  The list of ports (including the previous points of entry) included in the new protocol is below:

  • Anglet
  • Antibes
  • Arcachon
  • Barneville Carteret
  • Binic
  • Calais
  • Camaret
  • Cancale
  • Cannes
  • Cap Breton
  • Cap d’Ail
  • Carentan
  • Cherbourg
  • Concarneau
  • Courseulles-sur-Mer
  • Deauville
  • Dielette
  • Dieppe
  • Dinan
  • Dinard
  • Dives-sur-Mer
  • Douarnenez
  • Dunkerque
  • Fécamp
  • Grandcamps Maisy
  • Gravelines
  • Honfleur
  • Hyères
  • Isigny sur Mer
  • La Rochelle
  • La Trinité sur Mer
  • La vicomté sur Rance
  • L’AberWrac’h
  • Larmor-Baden
  • Le Conquet
  • Le Havre
  • Lézardrieux
  • Marseille
  • Morlaix
  • Paimpol
  • Perros-Guirec
  • Plouër-sur-Rance
  • Pontrieux
  • Port en Bessin
  • Port Saint Louis du Rhône
  • Port-Bail-sur-Mer
  • Quiberon
  • Saint Briac
  • Saint Jacut de la mer
  • Saint Suliac
  • Saint Vaast la Hougue
  • Saint Valery en Caux
  • Saint-Cast le Guildo
  • Saint-Malo
  • Saint-Quay Portrieux
  • Saint-Raphaël
  • Saint-Tropez
  • Sanary-sur-mer
  • Sète
  • Trébeurden
  • Tréguier

More information on this can be found on the Cruising Association’s website: https://www.theca.org.uk/news/france-easier-check-in-out