Traveling during a pandemic is not easy and is advised against.
It is highly advised that anyone that is embarked on a yacht be considered a potential Covid infected person and that they may become ill during passage and / or infect others that are aboard. A recent negative PCR test should be required of all persons before departure, yourself and your partner included and that all should remain isolated from contact from all others for several days before the PCR test and remain isolated from others until the vessel departs port. Full quarantine before departure minimizes the potential for illness at sea. St. Martin requires Covid insurance
coverage for all travelers for the duration of their stay on the isle but you as the master of your vessel should require similarly for crew that you take charge of as to having insurance
coverage for the duration of their voyage.
I suspect you will be in need of locating crew that is presently in St. Martin or at least in the Caribbean because Ottawa and the Canadian airlines agree to suspend flights to Caribbean and Mexico
from January 31st until at least April 30th; expect that the flight cancellations will be continued well into summer. The airlines did indicate that they would have a few one way commercial
flights to enable repatriation of Canadians back to the country but would not provide for flights from Canada to the Caribbean and Mexico
Indeed crossing the Canadian / USA border is complicated as only essential travel and certain repatriation is permitted.
The Inter-Provincial travel restrictions within Canada are an added challenge.
And then there is the complications associated with your intended entry and potential reprovisioning in Bermuda - details regarding that possibility are listed below. Because the pandemic situation remains very dynamic one should not plan of being able to enter or reprovision in Bermuda, or anywhere els, but instead should be prepared to sail in one continuous journey from your place of departure to your final destination
. Stock your boat as if you may need to remain on such for a couple of months as that may become the situation. Plan that your desired end point for your journey may be closed and you will need to find alternative destinations.
Depending on your permanent residency status in regards to a specific province, presently with the adverse status of the pandemic in Canada, the proper scheme would be for you to plan for NOT being permitted entry to a province that is not your place of permanent residency, and similarly as to each and everyone of your crew, meaning that certain persons may be disallowed and certain persons may be allowed entry but since you are the master of the vessel, your crew is your responsibility under maritime law [they are not invited guests of which you can simply part ways with], and for your plan B being you may be allowed to enter. There be complications when one embarks persons on your boat of which you should be fully aware before allowing such.
There are Canadian members of the CruisersForum who have not been allowed to enter the maritime provinces for over a year because they are not permanent residents thereof. Proof of permanent residency being required before entry is allowed. So carefully evaluate your ability to enter and that of any of your pickup crew for which you being the master of the vessel will be legally responsible for if you allow them to embark, and that legal
liability includes the fact that they may not be allowed to disembark your vessel and you will be required to provide for their extended care and conveyance to a place of disembarkation. They be under your care and responsibility.
The Province of Nova Scotia has declared a state of emergency
. For the latest information regarding the COVID-19 situation and public health
restrictions in Nova Scotia, please visit: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/
Effective April 22, 2021 people from outside Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador will not be allowed to enter Nova Scotia unless their travel is essential or they are permanent residents of Nova Scotia.
The following types of travel from outside Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador are considered essential:
people who live in Nova Scotia but their primary employment
is in another province
federally approved temporary foreign workers
people who need to participate in-person in a legal
proceeding in another province
post-secondary students coming to study in Nova Scotia
post-secondary students returning to their primary or family
residence in Nova Scotia and parents who accompany them
parents picking up a student in Nova Scotia to take them home as quickly as possible
people who can demonstrate that they already have a new permanent address in Nova Scotia as of April 21 and are moving here permanently
people traveling for child custody reasons following the child custody protocol
people who are exempt from self-isolation following the exempt traveler protocol
people traveling between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick for work
in child care, following conditions in the protocol for travel between these provinces
Residents of Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island are permitted to travel to and within Nova Scotia without the requirement to isolate.
Every adult will need to show either a drivers' licence, government identification card, health card, or a utility bill or bank statement with a valid Newfoundland and Labrador or PEI address to provincial officials at airports, ferries or the land border when they arrive in the province. No self-declaration form is required to enter Nova Scotia.
PEI and Newfoundland and Labrador residents also need to follow public health directives while they're in Nova Scotia.
Then there is the matter of needing PCR tests within 72 hours of arrival and the 14 days of self-isolation / quarantine if allowed in country.
Bermuda update as of 14 April, 2021
Effective April 13, 2021 Bermuda will be placed under a ĎStay at Homeí order. Bermudaís airport and borders remain open and ALL nonessential businesses on-island will be closed Ė for at least 7 days.
See Bermuda Marine and Ports
for the latest procedures for arriving yachts.
It is now possible to sail to Bermuda and avoid quarantine if you arrive with a negative Covid-19 PCR test result taken no more than 5 (five) days before arrival in Bermuda from last port.
Yachts with crew that do not have a timely pre-departure negative test result must quarantine and will not be allowed to disembark or make landfall. They instead will be tested on the third day after arrival and will be obligated to quarantine on-board until they receive back notification of a negative test.
All crew must also apply for travel authorization (TA) by completing the TA Form set out on the Ministry of Health website up to 7 days before departing your last port. You must upload your negative test result. A $75 fee is required, $30 for age 9 and younger, which includes the cost of the PCR COVID-19 testing in Bermuda. You will be tested several times during your stay.
The completed TA form and negative test results must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
is required to include cover for Covid-19 related illness.
On arrival there will be an assessment by Port Health at the yacht reporting center in St Georgeís Harbor where yachts will also clear Customs
. Crew arriving with a pre-departure negative result will be tested again on arrival and must quarantine on the yacht until a negative result has been obtained (turnaround time approx. 24 hrs).
Yachts with prior permission from Customs
may be permitted to proceed to a marina to clear Customs and get assessed by Port Health.
You will be required to fill in a Maritime Declaration of Health.
Further testing will take place on days 3, 7 and 14 if still in Bermuda at easily accessible pop-up testing centres around the island. Health monitoring is mandatory during your stay.
On departure, certain procedures must be followed. Find details at Guidance for Mariners.
The situation remains fluid. Bermuda Marine and Ports will continue to be updated with the latest information on pre-arrival requirements and other policies impacting mariners.
God Speed on your voyage.