Queen's Harbour Master Portsmouth

LNTM No 33/21

1. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by the Queen’s Harbour Master Portsmouth that owners of pleasure craft who sail their vessels to or from the UK should follow the latest customs, immigration, arrival and departure requirements.

2. This is an extract from Notice 8 issued by HM Customs and Revenue and is intended to detail the customs arrival and departure requirements. Private use means recreational (non-commercial) use; this can also include the use of a company owned vessel for private recreational purposes. 

3. Full details of this notice can be found here

4. Prior to departure from the UK, Form C1331 part one should be completed and sent to: United Kingdom Border Force, Yacht Reports, Western Docks, Dover, Kent, CT17 9DN. 

5. When arriving or returning to the UK (and this includes the Channel Islands) you must fly the ‘Q’ flag, where it can readily be seen, as soon as you enter UK waters (at the 12-mile limit). Do not take down the flag until you have finished reporting to the customs authorities. Failure to comply will make you liable to a penalty.

6. You should then telephone the Yachtline on 0300 123 2012 (open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week) and at this point you must provide the following information:

If UK VAT has not been paid on the vessel.
You have goods on board which are to be treated as surplus stores as per Notice 69A.
You have any prohibited or restricted goods.
There is any notifiable illness on board.
There are any people on board who need immigration clearance.
Any repairs or modifications, other than running repairs, that have been carried out since the vessel last left the UK.
You have any goods for personal use on which you need to declare and pay UK tax or duty.

7. You will be then required to complete Form C1331 part two and return to the address given.

8. Re Immigration: All non-UK Passport holders that do not have existing permission to enter, remain, or have the right of entry to the UK, must call their local Border Force Office in order to be granted permission to enter. They should call the relevant Border Force number before disembarking from the vessel. 

o Portsmouth Border Force Office: 07557 205 925
o Southampton Border Force Office: 07810 851 199

9. Please note that this requirement and process also applies to charter vessels and sailing school operations.


Friday 28 May 2021

Queen's Harbour Master

Owners, Agents, Charterers, Marinas, Yacht Clubs and Recreational Sailing Organisations should ensure that the contents of this Notice are made known to the masters or persons in charge of their vessels or craft.