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Schengen Visa - What Yacht Crew need to know!

Posted on: 11/14/2023


Schengen Visa and What Yacht Crew Need to Know

This information is given in good faith at the time this blog was written. All readers are responsible for ensuring that their passports and visas are current and to contact the appropriate embassy for further clarification.  


For those seeking adventure and a unique career path, working as part of a yacht crew can be an exciting opportunity. Whether you're a seasoned crew member or a greenie considering this path, understanding the Schengen Visa is crucial to ensure smooth sailing, quite literally.

We will explore the specifics of the Schengen Visa for yacht crews and what you need to know to navigate international waters with confidence.


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Yacht crew members often require specific types of visas, as they frequently travel between different countries and may stay in foreign ports for extended periods. 

If you're part of a crew on a yacht chartering within the Schengen area in Europe, you may need a Schengen Visa.

6 Important Facts

1. A Schengen visa is a temporary visa that enables a yachty to visit any country within the Schengen Area for a period of up to 90 days. 

2.  This visa allows you to travel freely among Schengen countries during your stay.

3. The Schengen Area is geographically made up of 27 countries, all within Europe. 

4. Crew can move freely within the border controls of the Schengen Zone.

5. Here is a list of all the countries that make up the Schengen Zone. 

Schengen countries are Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

6. If a mariner applies for a Schengen visa they are usually required to provide various documents, including proof of travel arrangements, accommodation reservations, travel insurance, proof of financial means, and a completed visa application form. The specific requirements can vary slightly depending on the country issuing the visa. 



It's important to note that while the Schengen Visa allows for free movement within the Schengen Area, it does not grant the right to work or stay in the countries beyond the specified period allowed by the visa. If a crew member wishes to stay for an extended period in one of the Schengen countries, they usually need to apply for a national visa or residence permit specific to that country.



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Schengen Visa Fees

The cost of a Schengen visa fee is around €80 per adult. There are a few factors and categories that will impact the visa fee. Age and nationality are considered determining factors and may lower the fee or void it altogether. 

Travel Medical Insurance is also required. You need coverage for the duration of the visa, while in the Schengen areas.

The typical medical travel minimum coverage of 30,000 EUR is required for medical emergencies.



Need Accommodation while in Fort Lauderdale? We have you covered! 

Once you are back from Europe and in Fort Lauderdale for the season, reach out and book your spot with us! Make sure to check out our shared crew housing, private apartments, and private short-term rental houses.

Whether you need to stay for a week or monthly, we have a wide variety of short-term housing options in SE FLL. 

All our rentals are fully furnished and move-in ready. Free Wi-Fi, parking and laundry onsite.

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For yacht crew, understanding the intricacies of travel visas is as vital as knowing the ropes of the vessel. It ensures a hassle-free experience while traveling between different ports and countries. Always keep abreast of visa regulations, adhere to immigration rules, and maintain open communication with your employer to ensure a successful and fulfilling career in the world of yachting. Safe travels and smooth sailing! 



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