Essential Documents and stuff to be carried on board when visiting foreign ports (doesn’t hurt to have them on board in the UK either).


  • UK part 1 registration certificate (preferred)
  • SSR Certificate (does not prove ownership)
  • Bill of sale
  • Proof of VAT paid if boat newer than 1st jan1985,
  • Proof of age of Boat.

Other Documents

  • Insurance policy (in date?)
  • Ships Radio license, including VHF/DSC handhelds, epirbs. ( now free)
  • VHF operators License. (does not have to be owner)
  • Minimum ICC ticket. Day skipper and above will normally suffice (does not have to be owner)
  • If using inland waterways, Cevni is a must. (Caen constitutes ‘inland’)
  • Passports of course.
  • EHIC, (European health insurance card) E111 is now invalid.
  • Crewlist (especially Holland. names, passport numbers.

Other Stuff

  • In-date flares.
  • Up to date/adjusted charts
  • Lifejackets for the berth capacity of the vessel
  • If liferaft carried, must be indate of service.
  • All Receipts for any fuel purchased anywhere

By the way, we always carry original documents on the reasoning that originals, if lost, are easy to obtain once back in the UK and as a rule, photocopies are not accepted in most EU ports.

I strongly recommend signing up for the MCA CG66 ID scheme. It saved my skin 10 years ago.

It all sounds like a pain in the stern tube, but can save time and aggravation. Don’t give them any ammunition, these guys will fine us (average 150+ Euro) for any of the above when they can be bothered. 99% of the time they won’t, But……………

(Welcome to Europe!)