Covid restrictions by region

What coronavirus restrictions are still in place that may affect your booking?

Although ALL of our cruising regions are now open, understandable and necessary government restrictions to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus must still be adhered to. Some restrictions, such as the limit on the number of households that are allowed to mix, may prevent you from travelling altogether. Be sure to check the below restrictions before you travel and contact us as soon as possible if you are no longer able to proceed with your holiday - our Go Boating with Confidence policy will apply.  

BELGIUM

Our Belgian region opened on 4th July 2020.

From the 4th July, you can experience a fantastic boat holiday in the Belgium. However, please note the following regulations:

 

  • Government restrictions require that groups may consist of 1 household with a maximum of 5 additional people.
  • Face masks are compulsory on public transport and in places where the safety distance of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained as well as in public buildings like shops, shopping malls, museums and restaurants/bars (when moving: i.e. coming in/going to restroom).
  • Although you are able to cruise, there may be some cruising restrictions in place. Our base teams will share the latest restrictions with you during your pre departure area & navigation briefing.
  • If you are travelling internationally, please ensure you check your home and destination countries foreign office travel advise, to confirm there are no specific travel restrictions or self-isolation requirements that may prevent you from travelling to the destination.
  • If you are travelling in country, please check your local government guidelines, for any localised restrictions that may prevent you from travelling to the destination.

 

If restrictions prevent you from travelling please view our Go Boating with Confidence policy. All information here is subject to changes by the respective state governments or the federal government, and if you have a booking with us our base teams will share the latest information with you in your pre departure briefing.

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CANADA

Our Canadian region opened on 3rd June 2020.

From the 3rd June, you can experience a fantastic boat vacation in Canada however, please note the following regulations:

 

  • Government restrictions that are in place require that groups need to be from one household, or a maximum of 10 people if living in different households.
  • Everyone visiting Eastern Ontario (where Le Boat are based) are required to wear non-medical masks in indoor public places.
  • Although you are able to cruise, there may be some cruising restrictions in place.
  • Many stores, shops, restaurants, bars and other attractions may limit the amount of people inside at any one time.
  • If you are travelling internationally, please ensure you check your home and destination countries foreign office travel advise, to confirm there are no specific travel restrictions or self-isolation requirements that may prevent you from travelling to the destination. (This includes those planning to drive from the USA).
  • If you are travelling in country, please check your local government guidelines, for any localised restrictions that may prevent you from travelling to the destination.

 

If restrictions prevent you from travelling please view our Go Boating with Confidence policy. All information here is subject to changes by the respective state governments or the federal government, and if you have a booking with us our base teams will share the latest information with you in your pre departure briefing.

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ENGLAND AND SCOTLAND

Our Thames region opened on 4th July 2020.

Our Scottish region opened on 22nd July 2020.

From 4th July on the Thames and 22nd July in Scotland, you can experience a fantastic boat vacation however, please note the following regulations:

  

  • Government restrictions that are in place within England, require that groups from multiple households may not exceed 6 individuals, however one household groups and "support bubbles" can exceed 6. Within Scotland households are not able to meet indoors so we can only accept single household groups on each boat. The police are able to issue fines to those who break this rule.
  • Although you are able to cruise, there may be some cruising restrictions in place. Our base teams will share the latest restrictions with you during your pre departure area & navigation briefing.
  • Face masks are compulsory when entering stores, shops and takeaway restaurants. Other attractions may also require you to sanitize your hands, wear a face mask or protective equipment when entering their premises. They may also limit the amount of people inside at any one time.
  • If you are travelling internationally, please ensure you check your home and destination countries foreign office travel advise, to confirm there are no specific travel restrictions or self-isolation requirements that may prevent you from travelling to the destination.
  • If you are travelling in country, please check your local government guidelines, for any localised restrictions that may prevent you from travelling to the destination.

 

Additional restrictions in Scotland:

 

  • Locks will operate 7 days a week, 8.30am – 5.30pm with a 1 hour break for lunch (at a time to be determined locally). 
  • Lockmasters in Scotland will be covering multiple locks. our base team will share details on how to call ahead before you reach the lock, and please be aware that it may take longer to pass through.
  • All boaters must wear gloves and will be responsible for their own mooring lines at every lock.
  • Sufficient competent crew is required aboard the boat at all times when on transit through the canal.

 

If restrictions prevent you from travelling please view our Go Boating with Confidence policy. All information here is subject to changes by the respective state governments or the federal government, and if you have a booking with us our base teams will share the latest information with you in your pre departure briefing.

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FRANCE

Our Canal du Midi, Camargue, Alsace-Lorraine, Burgundy: Nivernais & Loire and Burgundy: Franche Comté regions opened on 15th June 2020.

Our Brittany, Lot, Charente and Aquitaine regions opened on 26th June 2020.

Starting from the 15th June, you can experience a fantastic boat vacation in France however, please note the following regulations:

 

  • Owing to the operational challenges that coronavirus has presented us with, we have taken the decision not to open our bases in Boofzheim for the rest of the 2020 season, while Branges, Châtillon-sur-Loire and Trèbes will remain closed until April 2022.  If you have a booking that is affected by this base closure, where possible, your booking will be switched to a different base within the same cruising region. We will be in touch to let you know, although we are extremely busy at present, so please bear with us while we work through affected bookings in departure order. We thank you for your patience.
  • Government restrictions that are in place, require that groups can't exceed a maximum of 10 people in public places. However, a maximum of 12 people are allowed on board our boats.
  • The use of face masks is compulsory within public indoor spaces, and some public outdoor spaces for example some city centres, outdoor markets and busy streets.
  • If you are travelling internationally, please ensure you check your home and destination countries foreign office travel advise, to confirm there are no specific travel restrictions or self-isolation requirements that may prevent you from travelling to the destination.
  • If you are travelling in country, please check your local government guidelines, for any localised restrictions that may prevent you from travelling to the destination.

 

If restrictions prevent you from travelling please view our Go Boating with Confidence policy. All information here is subject to changes by the respective state governments or the federal government, and if you have a booking with us our base teams will share the latest information with you in your pre departure briefing.

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GERMANY

Our German region opened on 25th May 2020.

From the 25th May, you can experiance a fantastic boat vacation in Germany however, please note the following:

 

  • Owing to the operational challenges that coronavirus has presented us with, we have taken the decision not to open our base in Jabel for the rest of the 2020 season.
  • If you are travelling internationally, please ensure you check your home and destination countries foreign office travel advise, to confirm there are no specific travel restrictions or self-isolation requirements that may prevent you from travelling to the destination.
  • If you are travelling in country, please check your local government guidelines, for any localised restrictions that may prevent you from travelling to the destination.

 

If restrictions prevent you from travelling please view our Go Boating with Confidence policy. All information is subject to changes by the respective state governments or the federal government.

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IRELAND

Our Irish region opened on 29th June 2020.

From the 29th June, you can experience a fantastic boat vacation in Ireland however, please note the following regulations:

 

  • Government restrictions require that groups need to be from one household, and have enough bedrooms to all individually self-isolate.
  • If you are planning to use public transport during your trip, you will need to wear a face mask.
  • Although you are able to cruise, there may be some cruising restrictions in place. Our base teams will share the latest restrictions with you during your pre departure area & navigation briefing.
  • If you are travelling internationally, please ensure you check your home and destination countries foreign office travel advise, to confirm there are no specific travel restrictions or self-isolation requirements that may prevent you from travelling to the destination.
  • If you are travelling in country, please check your local government guidelines, for any localised restrictions that may prevent you from travelling to the destination.

 

If restrictions prevent you from travelling please view our Go Boating with Confidence policy. All information here is subject to changes by the respective state governments or the federal government, and if you have a booking with us our base teams will share the latest information with you in your pre departure briefing.

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ITALY

Our Italian region opened on 12th June 2020

From the 12th June, you can experience a fantastic boat holiday in Italy however, please note the following regulations:

 

  • The end of the cruising season in Italy has been brought forward for 2020. It will now end on October 11, 2020.
  • Government restrictions require that groups from different households will be required to adhere to 1 meter social distancing and have separate bedrooms for each household.
  • A group of two couples from 2 households require a minimum of 2 bedrooms
  • A group of 7 people, 4 households of 3 couples and 1 friend require a minimum of 4 bedrooms
  • A group of 7 friends from 7 households are not able to cruise on one boat.
  • Gloves are mandatory when using ropes and manoeuvring the boat in every harbour of the region.
  • A mask is to be used if social distancing is less than 1 meter, or when you are inside including means of transport. Children under six years and those with a disability that are not compatible with the use of the mask are exempt.
  • A 1 meter social distance is to be maintained everywhere if not family members.
  • In food, clothing and shoe shops you must wear disposable gloves if you touch food, try on clothes or shoes.
  • If you are travelling internationally, please ensure you check your home and destination countries foreign office travel advise, to confirm there are no specific travel restrictions or self-isolation requirements that may prevent you from travelling to the destination.
  • If you are travelling in country, please check your local government guidelines, for any localised restrictions that may prevent you from travelling to the destination.

 

If restrictions prevent you from travelling please view our Go Boating with Confidence policy. All information here is subject to changes by the respective state governments or the federal government, and if you have a booking with us our base teams will share the latest information with you in your pre departure briefing.

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NETHERLANDS

Our Dutch region opened on 15th June 2020.

From 15th June, you can experience a fantastic boat holiday in the Netherlands. However, please note the following regulations:

 

  • Government restrictions require that no more than 4 people can form a group. This does not include children under the age of 13. This means that a single household or 4 people (maximum) – excluding children can go on a boating holiday. This needs to be adhered to. Water police and marina’s do check and fines will be given.
  • Children from 12-18 do not have to adhere to social distancing amongst each other, but do have to keep distance from adults.
  • Children up to 12 have no restrictions.
  • New restrictions starting from the 14th October mean that restaurants and bars are unable to open, but they may still offer a take-away service.
  • If you are planning to use public transport or taxi's during your trip, you will need to wear a face mask.
  • Museums and attractions may open with advance reservations only, so please check in advance.
  • Although you are able to cruise, there may be some cruising restrictions in place. Our base teams will share the latest restrictions with you during your pre departure area & navigation briefing.
  • Groups of people may not be allowed within shops.
  • If you are travelling internationally, please ensure you check your home and destination countries foreign office travel advise, to confirm there are no specific travel restrictions or self-isolation requirements that may prevent you from travelling to the destination.
  • If you are travelling in country, please check your local government guidelines, for any localised restrictions that may prevent you from travelling to the destination.

 

If restrictions prevent you from travelling please view our Go Boating with Confidence policy. All information here is subject to changes by the respective state governments or the federal government, and if you have a booking with us our base teams will share the latest information with you in your pre departure briefing.

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