Border control commercial and non-commercial ships

As the captain of a professional or recreational vessel, you (and other persons on board) will be subjected to border surveillance controls. You are obliged to report your crew, passengers and stowaways prior to departure. When ships enter or leave the Netherlands, the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee and the Seaport Police will check the details of your crew members and passengers.

Notification requirements

The Netherlands complies with the Schengen Borders Code (see below) at the external borders of the Schengen area. This Schengen Borders Code includes a notification requirement for both commercial and recreational shipping. This requirement applies each time you cross the external border, except when you are transiting Dutch territorial waters without putting into a Dutch port.

Exceptions

Exceptions are unforeseen and exceptional circumstances or when the ship is less than 3 hours from a border crossing point. In that case, notification must be done as soon as possible, so that an officer from the border crossing point can conduct an identity check.

How do I register my crew and passengers?

Are you the captain of a:

  • recreational ship of less than 45 metres in length?
  • fishing boat of less than 45 metres in length?
  • traditional ship of less than 45 metres in length?

You have a duty to notify. You must send an e-mail with at least the information from the crew manifest and passenger manifest to:

Single window

If your ship is not one of the above-mentioned types, you must register your passenger and crew details via Single Window for Maritime and Aviation. Single Window uses the Trade and Transport Gateway (HTG). With HTG electronic messages are exchanged.

You can register your information for Customs, Royal Netherlands Marechaussee/Seaport Police digitally via Single Window. You only need to do this once. The port authority will make sure that your report is passed on to the National Competent Authority SafeSeaNet via Single Window. The various government organisations will subsequently all receive your report.

The Royal Netherlands Marechaussee and the Seaport Police also use the Advanced Passenger Information System-3 (API-3). Information entered in Single Window will automatically be stored here. The data in the API-3 is compared to search lists and risk profiles.

Registering crew members or passengers with visa requirement

Crew members or passengers who require a visa must be registered:

Additional rules for recreational shipping

In addition to the above-mentioned notification requirement, a number of specific rules apply to recreational shipping.

Dutch border crossing points

A list of the Dutch border crossing points can be found in annex 4 of the Voorschrift Vreemdelingen 2000 (in Dutch).

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