Proposed e-borders system needs to take account of recreational boaters

The Home Office has agreed to discuss its proposed strengthened immigration system, known as e-borders, with the Royal Yachting Association (RYA).

e-Borders is a Home Office initiative designed to provide stronger border controls for the UK against the threat of illegal immigration. The resulting law changes could introduce new procedures for vessels entering UK harbours. One of the proposed measures is to revive and update the notification procedure when recreational craft depart from and return to the UK – it could also lead to a tightening up of procedures for foreign vessels entering the country.

The RYA Legal Department intend to meet with the e-Borders team within the next few weeks to discuss the scheme and its potential ramifications for UK recreational boaters.