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Visitors – New Arrivals to the UK

If the River Yealm is your first port of call when arriving from outside the UK by sea, please visit the government website. https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control

If you are visiting the UK as an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen you can use the link below to obtain the latest information about entry conditions. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/visiting-the-uk-as-an-eu-eea-or-swiss-citizen

To declare your arrival you will need to fill in the Passenger Locator Form (more information about what is required can be found below): https://visas-immigration.service.gov.uk/public-health-passenger-locator-form

There are various Organisations you will need to contact and forms to fill out to enter the UK legally. 

Border Force +44 (0)300 072 4322 Do not disembark from your vessel until you have received notification of your permission to enter the UK. You do not need to call if you have existing permission to enter or remain, or have a right of entry to the UK. https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/border-force

HMRC National Yachtline +44(0)300 123 2012 must be called by everyone to make an arrival report for UK customs purposes and to declare your vessel status. https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-revenue-customs/contact/national-yachtline

UK customs rules have changed and recreational vessels are advised to check the information on the Government web site for bringing goods into the UK.  https://www.gov.uk/bringing-goods-into-uk-personal-use

If you arrive from outside the UK (including the Channel Islands) the Q flag must be flown as soon as you enter UK waters. Do not take it down until you have completed reporting to the customs authorities. 

Full details of all the new procedures can be found in Notice 8. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/notice-8-sailing-your-pleasure-craft-to-and-from-the-uk

Public Health Passenger Locator Form

Before you travel to or through the UK, you must complete this form. Read about the new UK border rules and check if you are exempt.

We will use the information you provide, to contact you if a passenger on your flight, ship or train tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

Each passenger travelling in a group must complete a separate form. If you are travelling with someone under 18 years old, they do not need their own form, provided you:

  • will arrive and leave together
  • will stay at the same UK address

  • add their details into your form

Before you start you will need:

  • your passport information

  • your travel details, including times and dates

  • the address where you will stay in the UK (if applicable)

You cannot submit this form until 48 hours before your arrival time in the UK.

You can save your information and complete it later. If you are inactive for 25 minutes, you will be automatically signed out. If you do not return to this form within 7 days, your information will be deleted.



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