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KNOW THE RULES #2: The 10 Schengen Commandments for Crew

As the Mediterranean season
starts to warm up, Schengen visas have become a hot topic among yacht
management and non-EU crew. The industry at large remains surprisingly
misinformed on the solutions available to yacht crew, with much debate
around the paperwork required and apparent hassle of having non-EU crew
on board.

The question, it turns out, is not whether yacht agents can help
superyacht captains secure visas for their far-flung crewmembers, but
how the captains ever survived without them. While applying for visas
for a yacht's crew traditionally is the captain's responsibility, the
increasingly strict immigration regulations in ports around the world,
combined with the growing number of countries represented within the
crew pool, add up to a time-consuming conundrum.

With the right advice and some careful planning, Schengen visas can
be relatively simple to understand and manage, let's start with The 10 Schengen Commandments for Crew:

1. To get on the right visas will take time and cost money. Get used to it

2. Always get a second opinion on your plan of action

3. Get a Seaman's Book

4. To be safe, make sure you are 'stamped out' of
Schengen territory by a shipping agent or the yacht's captain/purser at
immigration if you are on an a short-stay (Type C) visa

5. Never, ever overstay 90-days on land or your visa
expiry date without work on a yacht. This is applicable to seafarers on
short-stay (Type C) visas

6. Do not rely on your boat or your job to solve
your visa issues. Be on the right visas with or without the boat's
assistance Ask yourself: If I left the boat today, would my current
visas be sufficient and do I know what to do if they aren't?

7. Have a long-term view of your visa situation.
Cheap, short-cuts might solve the immediate problem but make it harder
later on when you reapply for different visas or consider settling
abroad. If you are planning a life in the Schengen Area, know what visas
will help you with renting/buying property, vehicle registration,
insurance, working ashore and so on

8. Never, ever submit fraudulent paperwork or boat
documentation to visa-issuing authorities or immigration officials. And
always make sure your management company, captain or purser is aware
that you plan to use the boat's documentation for your visa application

9. Make sure you will be in the clear when you reapply or renew your visas. Denied visas are costly to correct

10. Only take advice or listen to recommendations from people who have personally been down the same road

Do not hesitate to contact us for any kind of information or support regarding this matter!

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