Arriving from outside the UK

Falmouth has been famous as a first or last port of call for many centuries, and we regularly welcome yachts visiting from all over the world. So whether you are visiting from France, the Netherlands or Spain… passing by from Ireland or even further afield, then Bienvenue, Welkom, Bienvenidos, Velkommen, Cead míle fáilte… or as we sometimes say in Cornwall… Dynnargh dhis!



If you have arrived from any country outside the EU, any food waste on board your vessel is classed as International Catering Waste (ICW) and must be disposed of separately. Please keep such food waste on board your vessel until you have advised one of our team who will arrange a suitable collection. Please note that waste from food bought locally and stored on board such a vessel is also subject to these requirements. It is considered to be ICW unless you can prove that the food storage areas on your yacht or boat have been disinfected your since your last visit to a non-EU country.


The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) covers the requirements for the movement of pet dogs, cats, ferrets, domestic rabbits and rodents. Animals covered by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) remain subject to the provisions of Council Regulation 388/97 on the protection of species of wild fauna and flora.

Pet Passports

Please note that no animals are allowed on visiting yachts from abroad unless they have a pet passport. Only dogs, cats and ferrets can obtain a Pet Passport. The Pet Passport allows these animals to enter or re-enter the UK from the EU and other countries through an authorised point of entry. Any animal being licensed into quarantine in the UK for 6 months are not required to meet the PETS rules. To enter the UK without quarantine from a listed country, dogs and cats must be:

  • Microchipped.
  • Vaccinated against rabies and blood tested.
  • Issued with an EU pet passport or an official veterinary certificate and,
  • Treated against ticks and tapeworms (The treatment must be carried out not less than 24 hours and not more than 48 hours before the pet is checked-in to travel back into the UK).

Dogs and cats must enter the UK using an approved transport company and authorised route. A point of entry has to be authorised to allow an animal to land in the UK.

There are no authorised points of entry in Cornwall. The nearest authorised point of entry is Plymouth; Contact: Brittany Ferries, Millbay, Plymouth, Devon, England PL1 3EW Tel: 0871 244 0744. It would, however, be perfectly legal for a pet animal to enter the UK via an approved route through an approved port and then board a yacht in the UK and sail directly to other places in the UK. There are not any requirements for animals that move within the UK or, directly between the UK and the Republic of Ireland or, directly between the UK and the Channel Islands, or directly between the UK and the Isles of Scilly.

Any vessel carrying live animals should declare so on arrival at the port and to any officials boarding the vessel. The port staff should make the crew aware of the bullet points below. In all Cornish ports pets coming directly from an EU or non EU country are to be kept confined on board, not only to prevent them from coming ashore but also to protect all persons going on board. It is the duty of the person in charge of the vessel to ensure that:

  • The animal is restrained at all times, and kept securely confined within a totally enclosed part of the vessel from which it can not escape.
  • The animal does not come into contact with any other animal and,
  • Is in no circumstance permitted to land. This includes being on deck.


Customs requirements apply to anyone who owns or is responsible for a leisure craft that sails to or from locations outside the UK. The customs requirements are set out on the HM Revenue & Customs website (which refers to leisure craft as ‘pleasure craft’). You can find it here.