Originally Posted by dlymn
And to think we've only just met. In Aus, we call this SOL.
Your post does not explain that you stayed in Schengen zones for less than three months. It's ambiguity suggests that for someone new to sailing, they should not worry about Schengen, when it turns out that you are actually saying that it's important to get out of the SZ before the three months is up and go to a non SZ. Getting to the countries you write about might be a bit of a stretch for a newbie starting from Barcelona
. Where did you leave our boat at the end of the five months? Albania? Croatia? On the hard
? How much?
We'll begin again... It's nice to meet you.
For the first four Med cruising seasons, we used a "customs bond" scheme where the boat was placed on the hard in both Spain
and in Italy
and sealed by a government customs
official. During that time, only Spanish or Italian workers are allowed on the boat to perform service
, the boat is locked with seals
and cannot be moved and we need to be gone as in out of the country. This way the boat can remain in the VAT zone for extended periods of time and not be subject to VAT. Now here in the Adriatic
, we just go to Montenegro each season for a stay. Presently, the boat stays in the water
for the winter at a very nice shipyard up a river in fresh water
For Schengen, I was the only one of us (my wife and I) who had an issue because I stay for six months continuous. This was also easily solved
by staying in beautiful countries such as Croatia, Montenegro and Albania for a couple of months at a time which are outside the Schengen area, but conveniently located right in the middle of the Med. There are also other ways to legally work
around Schengen, another is to have multiple passports if you're a citizen of two countries, and yet another is to spend most of one's time at sea in anchorages
. Time at sea is not counted. And another way is to apply for a long term tourist visa in Spain
or Italy or own some property in an EU country. My friend took that route
a condo in Spain.