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By Conor Feasey

Stricter entry requirements for crew in Mallorca

In a significant policy shift, Mallorcan authorities have introduced a new mandate altering the entry criteria for non-EU crew…

Mallorca has implemented stricter entry requirements for non-EU crew entering the Balearic Island, effective from 1 January, 2024. The Professional Yachting Association (PYA) advises yacht crew members to familiarise themselves with these changes to ensure compliance and a smooth entry process.

According to the revised regulations, individuals arriving in the region must now possess a valid seaman’s discharge book to embark on their designated vessels. This requirement supersedes the previous practice, which relied on employment contracts as evidence of seafarer status.

Under the new directive, non-EU yacht crew members without a seaman’s discharge book will be subjected to regular visa checks, with their remaining Schengen days closely monitored. Crew must not overstay their 90-day allowance.

All crew members who want to disembark and enter Spanish territory will be required to have a travel booking to leave the Schengen Zone within the 90 days (their tourist stay allowance) and to prove they have the economic means to support themselves during their stay (108€ per person per day). They will also require proof of accommodation, either a booking or a “letter of invitation”.

The updated rules apply universally to all yacht crew, irrespective of the vessel’s flag. Mallorca’s authorities have emphasised that there will be no exceptions to this regulation.

Spanish authorities have confirmed however that the rules for Stamping IN/OUT of crew are not changing in Barcelona or Tarragona.

To ensure a seamless entry into Mallorca, authorities strongly recommend that non-EU yacht crew obtain the necessary documentation before arriving.

Any captains or crew that would like assistance or further clarification on the new rules are welcome to contact the BWA Yachting team in the Balearics: mallorca@bwayachting.com.

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